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1 November - Freedom Night


Human Rights Society hosted their first public event of the year, Freedom Night, on Monday the 1st of December. Students, staff and visitors gathered in the chapel, where Wendy Chung, a human rights activist involved with Amnesty International, gave a captivating and interactive talk on the shocking state of women’s rights worldwide. Following this, Suzanne Smith and Kate Lobo introduced the other campaigns for this year, LGBT Rights in Africa and the Abortion Law in El Salvador, accompanied by some hard-hitting videos. Everyone then visited the student stalls in the library, where they were able to learn more about the campaigns, sign petitions and show their solidarity with prisoners of conscience by writing messages. All members presented stalls, and particular mention goes to Nilojana Nirmalan who presented her case particularly well and persuaded everyone to sign her petition! To close the evening, Dan Jones, one of Amnesty’s most prominent members who has been involved since it’s founding, and has even been shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Local Heroes Award, gave an enlightening speech on the government use of torture. He described the various horrific methods used, and gave his opinions on how we can stop torture. It was an inspiring evening for all, and shed light on some shocking issues

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