Refugee Rights Campaign

Our Refugee Rights campaign this year is focusing on refugees in Edinburgh and the UK. In our local community, we are fundraising for and supporting charities working in Edinburgh with refugees and asylum seekers, such as The Welcoming and Saheliya. We will also be holding an event next semester with talks, a short film and … Continue reading Refugee Rights Campaign

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Mental health is a human right

This week is Mental Health and Wellbeing week at the University of Edinburgh. You can find out more about the week here, and at our meeting this week we will be discussing our ‘Mental health is a human right’ campaign. This campaign is directed toward the University itself, and aims to directly benefit the students … Continue reading Mental health is a human right

Campaign to end Mass Deportation and Detention

This year we are campaigning to stop charter flight deportations and to raise awareness around the secretive policies surrounding them. This campaign is also raising awareness and organising against the use of detention centres. Charter flight deportations can be hard to know a lot about, and many are unaware they are even taking place. This is … Continue reading Campaign to end Mass Deportation and Detention

A History of British Immigration Policy; Constructing the ‘Enemy Within’

We have a treat for you today. This article was written by two of our members - Jovan Rydder and Mathew Nicolson - and was published in Retrospect, the University of Edinburgh's History, Classics, and Archaeology journal. It's an interesting read and we're very pleased that Retrospect have kindly given permission for us to post it on our blog … Continue reading A History of British Immigration Policy; Constructing the ‘Enemy Within’

Student Conference: Saturday

This weekend, fifteen of our Edinburgh amnesteam found ourselves in London for the 2015 Amnesty Student Conference. We attended a panel discussing the campaign to decriminalise abortion in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It's safe to way that we all learned a lot about the impact of the eighth amendment on the lives of women. The amendment … Continue reading Student Conference: Saturday

My Home is Not a Bathtub

Campaign focusing on getting Amnesty International to launch a worldwide campaign tackling climate change as a human rights issue. This campaign is primarily photo based and involves a real-life bathtub! If you're interested in getting involved, follow our social media to find out when we plan to hold our next action. Committee Contact: Lizzi Connaughton Facebook | … Continue reading My Home is Not a Bathtub

Afghanistan: No Peace Without Women’s Rights

As our first campaign for the semester, we chose to raise awareness about the human rights situation of women in Afghanistan. In relation to the withdrawal of NATO states during 2013 and 2014, Amnesty International launched a campaign to set women’s rights on the agenda when the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) are to assume … Continue reading Afghanistan: No Peace Without Women’s Rights