Thursday, October 23, 2008

Let's Talk about Human Rights Lunch

Human Rights Act Talk by Katie Wood at the NSW Action Centre.

Wednesday October 29 in Chippendale OR Ring in on the phone.


Travelling Training

Does it annoy you that training things always happen in inner city Sydney?

Do you wish that a workshop or information session happened in your neighbourhood?

Well things are about to change.

The people who have been involved in recently running workshops on online/web workshops and on Economic. Social and Cultural Rights as well as some other Sydney-based Amnesty activists are ready and willing to take to the road/air and travel the training to you.

If you are interested in taking up this opportunity or someone else from your group would like to arrange this please get them to ring Jenny (NSW Community Campaigner) on 8396 7671.

60th Anniversary Local Events

Have let us know about your local event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary? If not please email with the details so that we can offer you help and assistance.

You will also need to submit an event proposal to the NSW Branch Committee. If you need help with this please email

So far we have indication of celebrations happening in:
Coffs Harbour
Central Coast
Pitt St, Sydney

And of course at Homebake and on 10 December evening in Paddington!

10 Dec Gala Dinner in Sydney - Keep it free

10 December this year is the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To celebrate we will be holding an Amnesty International dinner at Paddington Town Hall.

It will be a great night and I hope all convenors, volunteers and activists can attend.

So put a note in your diary and stay tuned for more information!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Privacy Statement for inclusion on emails

Dear Group Convenors,

A recent Board meeting approved AIA's new privacy policy.

The Board also noted that all AIA Activist groups should include privacy statement information on their AIA email communications. You can read the privacy statement at

Below is the statement to appear at the end of emails:

"To find out more about our campaigns, how to get involved or information about Amnesty International's privacy policy please go to:"

If you have any questions please contact


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Action Group Web Pages

Convenors of groups,

Have you checked your group web page lately? The NSW Web Team volunteers have worked hard to get the NSW website over the to a new content management system and are now in the process of updating pages...

To ensure that the pages for groups are active and up to date we removed all group pages and have started replacing them as the convenor checks them and confirms the information on them.

So if you can't see your page at then contact the NSW Web team at

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Training

When: Saturday 18th October, 1pm - 3:00pm
Where: NSW Action Centre, Level 1, 79 Myrtle Street, Chippendale - entrance on Dangar Place

This workshop will look at key economic, social and cultural rights, where they come from and how they are supposed to work. The workshop will also entail an
explanation of how these relate to civil and political rights, reference to the campaigns Amnesty has worked on and a discussion of the AIA's engagement with ESC rights.

Make Poverty History Event in Sydney

When: Friday 17th
Where: Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, 6:30pm start
Amnesty International Australia has joined the Make Poverty History coalition and will be participating in Stand Up Against Poverty from 17 - 19 October.
Last year, 43.7 million people stood up to remind governments of the commitments they made to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals. This set a new Guinness record. Join the Make Poverty History Coalition
Make Poverty History presents the Australian premiere screening of ‘The End Of Poverty?’ at Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Town Hall. ‘The End of Poverty?’ documentary investigates the causes of poverty today and the origins of our modern system whereby wealthy nations exploit the poor. The film is narrated by Martin Sheen and features Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, author/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, John Christensen and more. The screening event will also feature speeches by key campaigners and an official stand up action. Tickets $20/$15 concession. Check out the Make Poverty History Site for details:

Make Poverty History Action

Action to mark International day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th).

Risk of forced evictions in Orissa, India
Local indigenous communities living in Orissa, India, are at risk of forced evictions after a Supreme Court decision to allow Sterlite India to mine for bauxite. Call on the Government of Orissa to implement a full consultation with the local affected community before any taking any decisions which could affect their livelihoods.

For more information about Make Poverty History visit

National Board Update

Overwhelming support for Vision 2014

On behalf of Amnesty International Australia (AIA) the National Board would like to express thanks to all those who participated in the recent consultation on AIA’s vision and human rights impact areas.

We received overwhelming support for the vision and proposed human rights impact areas. Close to 2000 activists, members, volunteers, human rights defenders and staff participated in the consultation and this input has been invaluable in aiding our discussions on the way forward for AIA.

One of the most encouraging findings was the alignment of views between the many and varied groups of respondents. We are very excited to see such support for the vision and priorities of our movement.

The National Board considered the consultation responses at its meeting this weekend and approved the Vision, Positioning Statements and Human Rights Impact Areas for AIA for 2009-2014.


Amnesty International is a global movement of people who campaign courageously for human rights for everyone.

By 2014 Amnesty International Australia will protect and defend the human rights of more people by:

• Inspiring 500,000 people every year to take action
• Positively influencing and informing key opinion formers and decision makers
• Being an inclusive, authoritative, relevant and bold organisation
• Playing a leading role in Amnesty International, particularly in the Asia Pacific region

Positioning Statements

We are a diverse and democratic movement of people who share fundamental global values – dignity, freedom, justice, equality and a fair go for all.

We are outraged by human rights abuses and create change by inspiring people around the world to take action.

We demand that governments and other decision-makers protect and respect human rights and we will hold them to account.

We are an international movement that speaks out with one voice without compromise or fear to help protect human rights.

We are a grass-roots organisation founded in 1961 - truly independent of government, business, religion or political groups.

We work for and with individuals - to give voice, to stand alongside, and to secure fundamental human rights for all.

We work collaboratively and in partnership with others to achieve shared human rights outcomes.

Human Rights Impact Areas 2009-2014

· Dignity – including Indigenous rights as well as international issues
· Stop Violence Against Women – includes working to secure Australia’s National Plan of Action, working with Indigenous women, and International work particularly in the Asia Pacific region
· Contribution to the Amnesty International movement – includes how we coordinate and communicate our contribution to the global Amnesty International movement in terms of financial contribution, people, intellectual property, democracy and participation, activism and human rights impact
· International emergencies –Crisis Response
· Individuals at risk
· Refugees and asylum seekers rights
· Human Rights Charter for Australia

The first four impact areas are the priority areas for 2009.

Where to from here

We now go straight into planning mode – developing strategic, engaging, inspiring and motivational campaigns that will create human rights impact and that will strengthen, grow and inspire the movement.

As this is the first time we have carried out a consultation on our vision in this way it was really pleasing to have so many people participate. We will continue to improve our consultation mechanisms.

Thank you for all the time and thought you put into replying to the survey and we will continue to keep you informed on progress on our Human Rights Impact Areas.

Best Wishes,

Nicole Bieske, National President
Jim Sharp, Vice President
Michael Butler, Secretary
Dawna Wright, Treasurer
Toni Matulick, ACT Branch President
Anthony Mitchell, NSW Branch President
Maree Klemm, QLD Branch President
Tracy Crisp, SA/NT Branch President
Perdita Sonntag, TAS Branch President
Russell Solomon, VIC Branch President
Caroline Wood, WA Branch President
Georgina Perry, Executive Member
Kate Cooper, Executive Member
Sheena Graham, Executive Member
Claire Mallinson, National Director