Amnesty International is social partner of the Intreeweek this year. During the week you will therefore encounter us in different places. Come play a game of unfair table football, follow a human rights education workshop, check out what your student opportunities are with Amnesty at the student fair and get inspired!
We are a worldwide movement of more than 7 million people fighting against injustice. In more than 150 countries, we campaign for justice, freedom, human dignity and equality.
Our work protects and strengthens people, from abolishing the death penalty to defending freedom of speech and protecting the rights of migrants and refugees, to fighting against political violence and persecution.
With our movement we can make a fist against injustice. We know where we can make a difference and how we can mobilize our millions of supporters. We have been doing this for more than fifty years.
Our international secretary with the research teams is based in London. They try to shed a light on the human rights situation in more than 150 countries. They compile independent investigation missions in these countries and conduct interviews with witnesses. The results are published in the Annual Report. We have 70 national sections worldwide, of which the Dutch is one of the largest.
We mobilize our active Dutch supporters (253,000 members) and ask them to participate in campaigns and actions. This can be in the form of, for example, short writing actions; ‘urgent actions’, participation in the Write for Rights Marathon or protests at Embassies.
We lobby with the Dutch government to put human rights on the internal and external agenda. But also, with companies and international organisations. In this way the authorities know that the world is watching their every move, so we can exert pressure to stop the violations.
Human rights education
The department of education at Amnesty tries to raise awareness about human rights among pupils and students in the Netherlands. We give guest lectures at primary and secondary schools on human rights and workshops on ethnic profiling at vocational education (MBO). We offer masterclasses for college and university students. In these masterclasses we discuss a different human rights theme each time such as: freedom of demonstration, refugee rights or human rights defenders in China. We do not only give a lecture about this, but through an interactive case study the participants are put to work themselves! You can ask all your questions about the human rights work of Amnesty International, get in contact with other students and learn more about all the student opportunities with us. If you want more information, go to: www.amnesty.nl/student.
Join the movement!
We hope that in this introduction week in addition to getting to know Amsterdam and other students, you want to get acquainted with us. We certainly want to meet you!