Unai Figueroa, Student of International Relations: ‘My experience in Amnesty International’
We live in a world full of injustice and I am very aware of it. So the moment I wake up every morning, I feel an inner need that pushes me to express my solidarity with the weak, the vulnerable and all kinds of good causes and struggles for global justice. I feel a responsibility to publicly claim for everyone something as basic as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognized in 1948, statements I consider the heritage of mankind.
Amnesty International, commonly known as AI, is a non-governmental independent organization. It is a global movement present in over 150 countries and working for Human Rights and international treaties, such as the International Covenants on Human Rights, to be recognized and respected. Amnesty has more than 3 million members and supporters worldwide. The aim of the organization is to undertake research and take action to prevent and put an end to flagrant abuses of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights, and seek justice for those whose rights have been violated.
To volunteer in it gives you the opportunity to be constantly abreast of the problems experienced by people regardless of where they live. We use all our might to try to show people the harsh reality, raising awareness through campaigns and collecting signatures. Contributing in whatever way, however small, is important and vital to help build a fair, egalitarian and caring society.
Joining the family of AI is a huge responsibility that I will always be carrying with pride. Being an activist of Amnesty International satisfies, in part, that obligation that oneself feels to cooperate. I say in part, because in the solidarity field, however much you move, it is never enough.