Welcome to the Brown chapter of Amnesty International. We welcome ALL who want to participate (new members always welcome!). Some people have asked what they would be expected to do in this group, so I will answer that here. At our weekly meeting we write letters regarding a human rights issue (examples). We also have a self-education committee in which a different person each week gives a brief presentation about a topic to educate the group (see the bottom of the this page for examples), and we usually try to coordinate the letter writing with that topic. Each person can participate at whatever level s/he wants and take on as much as s/he wants-- anywhere from coordinating an event to just receiving emails. We usually ask for volunteers to carry out a little job, which might include designing a poster, giving a briefing about an issue at a meeting, staffing a table at an event, etc. We want to encourage everyone to help direct and lead our group. This means if you have an idea for an event or something you want to see happen, let us know and the group will help you out. For example, in the past members who are particularly interested in a specific human rights issue have taken the initiative to organize a letter-writing campaign in the post office about the issue (posters, letters, etc.)--which we love!! We will get you the table staffers if you have an issue you want Brown students to write letters about. So basically, in this group, you can do pretty much whatever you want. If you come to one of our meetings or events and you are new to our group, feel free come up before or after and introduce yourself to the facilitators.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.
Historically, the main focus of Amnesty International's campaigning has been: to free all prisoners of conscience, to ensure a prompt and fair trial for all political prisoners, to abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to end extrajudicial executions and "disappearances", to fight impunity by working to ensure perpetrators of such abuses are brought to justice in accordance with international standards. Over the years Amnesty International has expanded this mandate to encompass human rights abuses committed by non governmental bodies and private individuals (non state actors). It opposes abuses by armed political groups (in control of territory or operating in opposition to governments), such as hostage taking, torture and unlawful killings. It opposes human rights abuses against civilians and non combatants by both sides during armed conflict. Amnesty International has also targeted abuses in the home or community where governments have been complicit or have failed to take effective action. For more information, email me or refer to this AIUSA FAQ page.
To contact the coordinators email firstname.lastname@example.org. To add yourself to our listserv, go to listserv.brown.edu and click on subscriber options. (Or email us and we will add you). If Brown's meeting locations are not near you, there may be another group that is closer. See this list of other AIUSA groups.
If you need directions to the meeting location, email me or check out this campus map (Wilson Hall is on the main green).
Coordinators for the 2007-2008 year