Amnesty International 2008 gifts catalogue launched

Amnesty International has launched its new 2008 catalogue containing scores of gift ideas for Christmas and beyond.

The illustrated catalogue contains a wide range of high-quality, ethically-sourced goods from boxer shorts and cufflinks bearing Amnesty’s famous ‘candle and barbed wire’ logo to toys, cards, candles, books, clothes, jewellery, gardening accessories and calendars. Featured items include:

1. Hydrogen-powered toy car
The H-racer is a futuristic toy car that operates on 100% clean fuel produced by a miniature solar-powered hydrogen refuelling station, converting water to hydrogen using solar energy. The H-racer is a safe, working miniature version of the technology being developed in real-size cars of the future. Available only online at www.amnestyshop.org.uk priced £74.50

2. We Are All Born Free
A beautiful picture book for Children's rights aged 6 and over, bringing the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to life in pictures from some of the world’s most renowned Children's rights’s illustrators. With a forward by David Tennant who describes the collection as a 'beautiful book' in which 'you’ll find thirty rules for the world to live by'. £12.99

3. Elephant Dung Paper Address Book Gift Set
Sourced from a charity in Sri Lanka, profits from the sale of the paper go to helping elderly and disabled elephants. Contains a notebook and address book in a presentation box. £14.95

4. Solid silver Amnesty cufflinks
Solid silver cufflinks in the distinctive shape of Amnesty’s ‘candle and barbed wire’ logo, for those who want the office to know they support human rights! £19.85

5. Snow Deer greetings card
This card was designed by Billy Munden, whose 11-year-old sister Anna sent it to Amnesty to forward to imprisoned Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as part of Amnesty’s annual Greetings Card Campaign. Pack of ten cards £3.95

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:

“The Amnesty catalogue is packed with great gifts ideas and the proceeds help support our vital human rights work.

“Buying a gift this Christmas from the Amnesty catalogue means you’re helping to protect the human rights of people all over the world.”

All goods in the catalogue are available to purchase online 24 hours a day at www.amnestyshop.org.uk as well as from a dedicated telephone order line 01709 888333 (8.00am-8.00pm: Monday-Friday; 9.00am-4.00pm Saturday-Sunday). The website also features online exclusives not featured in the catalogue. Some of the goods are also available from Amnesty International’s network of book shops.

Amnesty’s 2008-9 Greetings Card Campaign asks people to send messages of goodwill and solidarity to those around the world who have suffered intimidation, torture and other human rights abuses. Cases in this year’s campaign include a Japanese man who has been on death row for 40 years – 28 of them in solitary confinement – after being convicted in an unfair trial; and the Zimbabwean campaigning group Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), whose members have been beaten and arrested.

WOZA leader Jenni Williams said:
“The international solidarity that I see manifested through Greetings Card Campaigns has really helped me to remain committed to our struggle in Zimbabwe to free ourselves and to make sure our Children's rights have a future.”

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