Amnesty International Day is celebrated each year on the 28th May with the sole aim of placing a spotlight on the value of humanity and human rights. It encourages people to get involved in the ongoing activities of Amnesty International, regardless of their culture, nationality or race.
The charity’s mission is to “protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied,” supported by a global movement of over 10 million people. Together they “investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public” and get involved in issues resulting from armed conflict, international justice, sexual and reproductive freedom, disappearances, as well as torture.
The organisation plays a crucial role in helping to fight abuses, bring perpetrators to justice and free those who have been jailed unfairly, through its campaigning and research.
Why are human rights important?
Human rights represent a fundamental set of freedoms that belong to every one of us, wherever we are in the world. In 1948, after the horrors of the second World War, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established to outline and protect the basic rights of every single human being.
The Declaration sets out 30 rights and freedoms, for example the right to asylum, the right to freedom from torture, the right to free speech and the right to education. This is what Amnesty International seeks to implement and protect. These rights have gone on to form the basis for all international human rights law and are important because they are based on necessities such as fairness, equality, dignity and respect. Basic things that all humans should be entitled to. Sadly, human rights abuses are happening daily, which is where Amnesty International attempts to get involved.
Why is Amnesty International important?
Amnesty works hard to protect men, women and children around the world, in cases where justice, dignity, and truth are denied. It investigates and exposes abuses of power, people, and resources. The charity has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and every day its affiliates continue work to transform societies and create a safer world for all.
Here at m-hance, we have worked within the charity sector for almost 20 years, supporting a wide variety of charitable organisations. We are sharing the story of Amnesty International – one of our long-standing customers – in the hope that we can raise awareness of their amazing work, especially today on Amnesty International Day. If you are interested in supporting this charity, then feel free to visit their website to find out more information and how you can get involved.