Monday, 6 June 2011

Amnesty at 50 Years, the campaigning continues

Last week Amnesty International celebrated its 50th Birthday.

Back on 28 May 1961, David Astor had an articled printed in The Observer entitled "The Forgotten Prisoners" which became part of an "Appeal For Amnesty".

Amnesty International was then born and has grown into a strong organisation fighting for Human Rights across the globe.

Yesterday I spent time writing letters to stop the Execution of Troy Davis.

I also wrote to the Government of Sri Lanka concerning the enforced disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda

I am a member of Amnesty International for many reasons but, most importantly, because I believe that everyone across the world should be able to enjoy basic Human Rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights especially the Right to Life which Troy may soon be denied.

If you are interested in supporting Amnesty, their campaigns and specific people such as Troy and Prageeth visit www.amnesty.org.uk or contact their Belfast Office (397 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 3GP 028 9064 3000) to find out more details about your local Amnesty group.

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