Amnesty International campaigns on special world-wide issues that impact people’s Human Rights, within the Farnham group we have chosen to campaign on the following;
Our Prisoner of Conscience - Currently we are campaigning for two Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience
Nguyen Xuan Nghia, aged 60. A poet, journalist and writer (one of over 19 writers in prison at the moment) he was sentenced (with 5 others) in October 2009 to 6 years in prison for "propaganda against the Communist system". His health is now deteriorating badly in B14 Labour camp outside Saigon.
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, aged 43. An entrepreneur, who started a mobile phone company, he was arrested in 2009 for setting up a blog and study group entitled “The Change we need”. Originally charged with "theft of telephone lines", this was changed to "acting to overthrow the people's Government". After one day’s trial on 20th May 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Alleged to have suffered torture and extortion while under arrest, he is now in prison camp B34.
The following leaflet explains further, while a letter is available should you wish to raise their case with the Vietnamese Embassy
Refugees and Asylum
Every refugee is the result of a government's failure to protect human rights. Like anyone else, refugees have human rights.
Amnesty's goal is to bring about a fair and effective asylum system. We attempt to achieve that goal in a number of ways - carrying out research into aspects of asylum policy and practice, developing proposals for improving those policies and practices, and then promoting our proposals with the government, members of parliament and other influential audiences.
Terrorism and Security
Though terrorism is not a new phenomenon, the 'war on terror' is. Amnesty acknowledges the right of governments to protect their citizens when they face complex challenges and threats.
However, these measures should never result in the compromise of individual human rights or the erosion of the human rights framework.
Governments have used terror tactics to break the will of detainees arbitrarily detained in prisons such as Guantánamo Bay and Bagram. The rule of law and the protection offered by fundamental human rights mechanisms is being seriously compromised.
Amnesty campaigns to :
- Bring an end to the denial of fair trial and the torture and ill treatment of 'war on terror' prisoners at the hands of the US authorities.
- Bring an end to the failure of the UK Government and other states to protect and promote the human rights framework at home and abroad.