Monthly Archives: October 2013

This week in Exeter’s Amnesty International Society: An Update


This week we decided as a society that we would like to focus our next campaign on the ongoing Human Rights abuses in Russia, from laws against homosexuality to journalist murders that remain yet to be investigated. (See link to Amnesty official page two posts below.) What is especially exciting about this campaign is that we can use the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia as leverage to expose these Human Rights Issues, so stay posted on petitions that will be posted in the next week or so.
Also, we are planning as a society to run a collaborative event on Syria with our Student Guild, as well as with other campaigning societies and our local Exeter Amnesty Group, that will take place at the end of Term. We hope to organise a range of speakers and a fundraising event i maid of the Syrian refugees. We will keep you posted:)
Thank you again for your support, it really matters.


US defend legality of drones in face of Amnesty pressure

Amnesty International and other human rights groups report that the US have acted contrary to International Law in their use of drones in Pakistan and Yemen, where they reportedly killed innocent civilians. The US defends the current legality of using drones, despite the fact that killing civilians clearly constitutes as a war-crime. 

Blood Diamonds Campus Campaign: Wednesday 16th Oct


Amnesty International Society’s first campaign of the term is raising awareness of the ongoing consumption of diamonds whose sources could have been from zones that allow the trade to fuel conflict, civil war and human rights abuses. Although a charitable organisation has been set up to combat these problems (The Kimberley Process), it is not being implemented properly or having any effect on people’s lives who are targeted by the trade, as there is not enough demand from consumers to ensure all diamonds are responsibly and safely sourced.
We’ll be campaigning outside the Forum from 1pm Wednesday 16th October, please come and support us or talk to us about the issues around this subject.

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Today is World Day Against the Death Penalty, for Amnesty’s stance on the Death Penalty and some current information about its use in the world today just  follow the link below.

Resumption in executions is a shameful political manoeuvre | Amnesty International

Politicians need to stop presenting the death penalty as a quick-fix to reduce high crime rates and instead address problems in the criminal justice system.