Posts tagged human rights

Happy Birthday, Amnesty!

This weekend marks the 50th birthday of Amnesty International, an organisation I’ve been a member of since I was a teenager. It started with Peter Benenson being outraged at the imprisonment of a couple of Portuguese students for raising their wine glasses in a toast to freedom, and now has over 3 million members all over the world. Often it feels pointless writing polite letters to dictators asking them please to release a political prisoner. But if enough people do it, then it works – not in all cases by… Read More

Great news!

I write letters for Amnesty International. I have done (on and off) for many years, usually without any expectation of achieving anything. Every now and then, however, I get some good news. Today, for example, I received a letter saying that three men detained in Sudan for their political beliefs (they are members of the Sudan Liberation Movement) have now been released without charge. The three men (Abulgasim Ahmed Abulgasim, Zakaria Ahmed Abulgasim and Mukhtar Ali Ahmed) had been the subject of an “Urgent Action” by Amnesty a few weeks… Read More