Amnesty International Youth Team

Amnesty International Youth Team

We are the TCC Amnesty International Youth Team and we are a group of young people who meet at lunch time every Friday to stand up for men, women and children where their justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We got involved with events such as the ‘Give It Up’ and ‘Write for Rights’ campaigns, to make a difference and stop people’s human rights from being broken around the world, wherever this may be happening.

We do this because we believe that all humans should be treated equally and we are passionate about making a stand against oppression in the places where equality is not practiced.

On one Friday, we created a powerful ‘thumb print’ petition, which many members of staff and students signed with their names and unique thumb prints pressed onto a large piece of paper, in a gesture of opposition against the mistreatment of women and girls in some countries. This was sent to Amnesty and will be used by them to campaign for improvement in the rights of women across the world.

During the ‘Give It Up’ campaign on Friday the 6th of February, we also gave up one of our human rights for the day, to empathise with those less fortunate than ourselves and raise money for Amnesty (because they are charity). Of the many rights we had to choose from, some people gave up Article 13, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to freedom of movement and others gave up Article 19, the freedom of opinion and expression.

It was a challenging yet fun way to raise awareness across the college about the very tragic experiences faced by some people every day. We are very proud to announce that we raised a grand total of £229.47. Not bad for our first event!

Watch this space for more action by the Amnesty Youth Team.