The Criminal Justice club visit Amnesty International
By Mercy Tania
In a world where basic human rights are frequently violated, organizations like Amnesty International serve as beacons of hope, working tirelessly to protect vulnerable individuals and promote global justice. The Criminal Justice club recently paid a visit to the Amnesty International headquarters, learning about their important work and witnessing the impact of their humanitarian initiatives.
Amnesty International, founded in 1961, is a global movement dedicated to the protection of human rights and the promotion of justice. The organization is a non-profit organization that conducts research, raises awareness, and takes action to prevent and alleviate human rights violations. Their mission is to promote justice, equality, and dignity for all people.
The organization acts as a humanitarian watchdog, constantly monitoring and documenting human rights violations around the world. Members of the Criminal Justice club were able to interact with Amnesty International's dedicated team of researchers, activists, and legal experts who work collaboratively to expose violations and advocate for justice during their visit.
To expose and combat human rights violations, the organization takes a multifaceted approach that combines research, advocacy, and grassroots activism. Amnesty International monitors a wide range of issues, including political repression, discrimination, and persecution on the basis of race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.
Amnesty International's efforts to protect the rights of Ugandans, particularly those in the LGBTQIA+ community, were a focal point of the visit. Discriminatory laws and societal attitudes in Uganda have made it extremely difficult for LGBTQIA+ people to live openly and without fear of persecution.
In Uganda, where same-sex relationships are illegal, Amnesty International has been actively campaigning against the criminalization of homosexuality. The organization has documented cases of LGBTQIA+ individuals facing violence, discrimination, and harassment, and has advocated for the repeal of laws that violate their basic human rights.
The organization has strategically collaborated with local activists and organizations in Uganda, assisting them in challenging discriminatory legislation and fostering community resilience. Amnesty International's global network has amplified the voices of those directly affected by these laws, drawing attention to the urgency of the situation and putting pressure on the Ugandan government to take corrective action.
The visit also focused on the story of Eugine, a student who died during a school disturbance but no one was held responsible for it. Eugine's case was taken up by Amnesty International, which brought attention to the lack of accountability and the necessity of a comprehensive investigation. The group had started a petition to get justice for Eugine, asking the authorities to look into his death's circumstances in a clear-cut and unbiased manner.
Amnesty International's larger campaign for justice in situations where people have been the victims of violations of their human rights is symbolized by Eugine’s petition. To demand accountability and reparations for victims, the organization uses a variety of tactics, such as internet campaigns, grassroots activism, and interactions with foreign and national authorities. You can learn more about Eugine’s story here and help sign the petition to bring those responsible for his death held accountable.
During the visit, club members observed firsthand the important humanitarian work that this organization does. Amnesty International is a powerful force against violations of human rights throughout the world because of their dedication to standing up for justice and safeguarding marginalized communities. With Eugine's story serving as a poignant reminder of the significance of holding people and institutions accountable for their actions, the Criminal Justice club was inspired to carry on their advocacy for a world that is more compassionate and just.