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Amnesty International Report
Amnesty International is a campaigning organisation.
They say their purpose is "to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth
Their campaigns that are listed on the website are:
o Terrorism and Security
o Amnesty Arts Fund
o Censorship and Free Speech
o Human Rights in the UK
o Women's Human Rights
o Control Arms
o Poverty and Human Rights
o Universal Declaration of Human Rights
o Refugees and Asylum
o Death Penalty
o Write for Rights
The Campaign I'm going to give more detail on is The Death Penalty campaign.
Amnesty International is campaigning against the Death Penalty being reintroduced in
countries where it had been abolished, and campaigning to get it abolished in the countries
or states where Capital Punishment is still legal.
The reason they oppose it is because it is a violation of two human rights, as laid down in
Articles 3 and 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
o The right to life
o The right not to be tortured or subject to any cruel, inhuman or degrading
"The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It is irrevocable
and can be inflicted on the innocent. It has never been shown to deter crime more effectively
than other punishments."
"The death penalty has no place in a modern criminal justice system. The death penalty is not
an effective deterrent. Because all judicial systems make mistakes and because of its
irrevocable nature, the death penalty kills innocent individuals who are wrongly convicted.
The death penalty brutalises society and breeds contempt for human life."
o Recycle for Amnesty
o Amnesty Heroes
o Student fundraising