The trip I took to Amnesty International Canada’s Human Rights College and AGM was covered in a piece on the Mount Allison website. I’ve included it below. I’m really excited for what I hope will be a great year for the group.
Mount Allison represented at Amnesty International Human Rights College
Geoff Campbell, President of Mount Allison’s Amnesty International group, recently attended Amnesty International’s national youth leadership training and General Meeting in Montreal. The annual training brought together 30 human rights activists from across the country. This year’s topics included: The Role of Youth in Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa; the Death Penalty and the Wrongly Convicted; Aboriginal Land Rights and the Lubicon Cree; Why Maternal Health is a Human Rights Issue; Citizen Journalism; and Public Speaking for Human Rights.
“Going to the training and conference really refreshed how I think about social activism and has really informed me on how Amnesty will operate this year. After a presentation on Aboriginal rights, I was able to speak to the presenter about the Mount Allison group and he agreed to speak here later this year.”
When Campbell was contacted by the national office about the possibility of attending the Human Rights College, which featured founder of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) Jenni Williams, he was thrilled.
“I have been involved in Amnesty since high school, but being at Mount Allison has allowed me to study what I’m really interested in, and going to this conference was really an extension of what I learned in the classroom.”
At the conference he talked one-on-one with Williams about the recent uprisings in the Middle East and her insistence on non-violent protest as opposed to the active conflicts.
This year Amnesty will be holding awareness-raising events throughout the year and bringing in a speaker with support from the Centre for International Studies. In addition to preparing for next year’s activities on campus, Campbell will be volunteering for Amnesty’s Demand Dignity Campaign, specifically in its effort to end sexual violence against girls in Nicaragua.
If you are interested in volunteering with Amnesty this summer, or the upcoming year, you can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more related clubs at International Relations or the SAC list of clubs and societies.
PHOTO CAPTION: Geoff Campbell (R) with Amnesty International Canada President Sarah Beamish.