Affiliated with Amnesty International UK, we are a student society which aims to raise awareness of both domestic and global Human Rights issues. Using our fun and creative ideas - our goal is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom, and truth are denied.
This year we are looking for new and energetic students to join our team and help us with creative ways of communicating our message to the University of Nottingham. Last year, we held successful campaigns for Syrian Refugee Children to raise awareness about the current crisis, created posters for Hate Crime Awareness Week and organised a protest trip to Yarlswood Detention centre to fight against the inhumane detention of migrant women. We also collaborated closely with other societies, such as UoN Sikh Society and UoN Oxfam and STAR societies to raise awareness of human rights in Punjab and the UK’s strict refugee family reunion rules.
Every week we have a meeting on a Wednesday giving all members the opportunity to get involved with Amnesty and our current campaigns. It is an excellent way of meeting fellow students as well as learning about current affairs on a weekly basis. Here is an idea of the sort of things you will be involved in and the types of events that we hold:
Each member will often write a letter on behalf of victims of Human Rights abuses. This is a simple and effective way of campaigning - and means you will be writing to various Members of Parliament.
This is the most significant part of our society and the area which we need the most help with. Our campaigns have varied from women's rights to the Arms Trade and we continue to find new issues that need new campaigns. Our campaigns have resulted in stalls in the SU, organised protests and great fundraising events both on and off campus. This year we want to be even more creative and imaginative which is where we need you.
We invite interesting and inspirational guest speakers to come in and talk to our members. This offers an opportunity for critical thinking and debate about controversial Human Rights issues. We have previously had talks about issues such as Boko Haram, which encourage likely debate, and provide expert opinion from some of the top academics in the field. We are also giving you a chance to come along, listen and enjoy!
Jamnesty is our biggest fundraising event of the year, combining live music and DJ's alongside showcasing the work that the society has done throughout the year and emphasizing the Amnesty brand. A great place to hang out and meet new people – it’s the go to event of its kind!
We also organise events such as pub quizzes, cake sales and film screenings, all of which are great fun and an excellent way of socializing and making friends, whilst also raising money for Amnesty and highlighting human rights issues.
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Our new committee is full of fun, friendly and passionate people who want to work with you in order to achieve our goals. If you want to join us, we will be at the 2018 Welcome Festival so come along and talk to us! The joining fee is just £3.00 and we promise you a great year with our team. We look forward to seeing you!