(Co-written with Amir Hesami, KSN’s Amnesty International representative)

Students of AIS,

Amnesty International lists in their mission statement that, “Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, rights that include freedom, dignity, equality, ideas that we recognize as important but not threatened. For many of us, the Declaration of Human Rights is just that: a declaration of our rights as humans that we consistently enjoy without much thought.

However, many of the rights we take for granted are a struggle for others on a daily basis. As seen recently in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, practices such as equal treatment for all races, gender equality, and democratic government are ideals that many have, and continue to fight for, often sacrificing their lives in the process. The mere idea of social equality is quashed before it can even begin. As the well-off recipients of such a privileged lifestyle, it is somewhat of our responsibility to at least attempt to help others experience the success we have had.

Although not all of us are rich, successful, and powerful, I think we can all agree that we enjoy our lifestyle, and would want others to enjoy the same opportunities we have as well. True, not all of us can be well taken care of, but we owe it to our fellow human beings to empathize with them.

As such, in honor of human rights day, Amnesty International will be holding a letter-writing marathon, called “Write for rights” on December 5th, from 3:30-7:00. There will be a movie shown, as well as food and drinks provided.

The objective of this activity is to raise awareness for those who need it and share our concerns so the world knows that human rights are issues that matter. We hope you will participate and join us in this activity to make a real change in this world.

Sincerely,

The Amnesty International Club of AIS

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