We are the Glasgow University Amnesty International student group. We are part of Amnesty International UK, a global human rights group, and our aim is to raise awareness of human rights issues among students.
We meet every Tuesday at 5pm in GUU Bridie Library to discuss current human rights issues, write letters to states’ representatives or to support prisoners of conscience, have film/documentary screenings, make banners for our campaigns or have guest speakers from other societies and organisations to talk about issues relevant to our campaigns.
To give an example of our activities in 2015/2016: we held a very successful gig night, ‘Jamnesty’ in November and also the annual award winning comedy night ‘Secret Policeman’s Ball’ in February. We had a couple of photo petitions, for example: one for issues of police brutality surrounding Sheku Bayoh’s death, one for climate awareness, and one for welcoming refugees to the UK.
It was a year quite rich in collaborations with other student societies, including a very successful overarching campaign to amend the university code of conduct regarding sexual violence on campus alongside Isabella Elder Feminist Society, Sexpression, GU Feminist Society and GU Mental Wealth. We also collaborated with GULGBTQ+ to talk about everyday transgender issues; GUEST shared stories of how they have campaigned effectively for climate justice; and African Caribbean Society joined us for important discussions during Black History Month.