Youth activism competition celebrates the power of young voices

Young people are a powerful force for change and must be listened to by policy makers on the issues affecting them, Amnesty International UK said, as it marked International Youth Day (12 August). To celebrate the day – which raises awareness of the need to ensure the engagement and participation of youth – Amnesty UK’s Children’s Human Rights Network is inviting young people up to the age of 18 to take part in their ‘Use Your Voice to Demand Your Rights’ competition. The competition encourages young people to take centre…

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160 UK clubs pledge support for refugees in biggest ever ‘Football Welcomes’ weekend

Amnesty International UK’s Football Welcomes is back for its third year with a record-breaking number of clubs taking part in the weekend of activities (27-28 April) to celebrate the contribution players with refugee backgrounds make to the game. More than 160 clubs – almost triple the previous year’s number – are set to take part to highlight the important role football clubs can play in welcoming refugees into their local communities, and in helping them to settle in to a new country and culture. This year’s event will see football…

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‘UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album’ unveiled at Westminster as families across the UK call on Government to reunite refugee families

Amnesty International has unveiled the ‘UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album’ at Westminster to celebrate family life in all its glory and show the Government that the UK wants refugees arriving on its shores to be able to reunite with their families. The album, containing photos of just under 1,000 families, was created using submissions from every corner of the country as well as celebrities including Kate Moss, Richard Branson, Riz Ahmed and Edith Bowman. The precious moments shared – a family barbeque, a childhood holiday, time spent together across the…

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UK immigration statistics: charities call for change to restrictive rules on refugee family reunion

Commenting on the Home Office quarterly immigration statistics today, Amnesty International UK, British Red Cross, Oxfam and the Refugee Council said in a statement: “That 1,950 refugees living in the UK have been able to be reunited with the family members they desperately miss and need is great news. First-hand experience tells us that reuniting refugee families gives them the best chance of living settled and fulfilling lives. “But the fact remains that many refugees are not able to pass the current restrictive rules and complicated process which is difficult…

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Amnesty Media Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of Amnesty International UK’s prestigious Media Awards 2018 have been announced at a ceremony in London on 28th March.  Reuters received the Outstanding Impact Award for its investigation series on Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, impressing the judges with brave reporting that provided key evidence in the campaign against the killings. Other winners in the 11 award categories included HuffPost UK, Sky News, BBC World Service, The Guardian and ITV News. There were also awards for photojournalist Robin Hammond for his series on mental health patients…

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