Historically, young people have been at the frontlines of the human rights movement. In 1989, students stood in front of armored tanks in Tiananmen Square. In 1960, African American students sat at “white only” lunch counters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Where there has been a call to action, to stand up and speak out, young people have been there, leading the fight for social justice. Getting involved with Amnesty International is one way to join that fight. You can participate in Amnesty International letter writing campaigns, start an Amnesty International group at your school, sign up for Amnesty’s free email newsletter for students volunteer, or become a member.
Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. They claim to be the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.
Last year alone, Amnesty International helped free 153 people who were wrongfully imprisoned because of who they are or what they believe – and they changed laws in dozens of countries on refugees, reproductive rights, LGBT equality, free speech, the death penalty, and other critical human rights issues.