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On Wednesday six students from Pate's Amnesty group were lucky enough to attend an Amnesty International conference, held in celebration of Human Rights Day. Students travelled to London to the Speaker's House at the House of Commons, where they mingled with MP's, embassy representatives, Ammesty staff and other Amnesty group members. Speakers included, Jeremy Corbyn, Dominic Grieve, John Bercow and Kate Allen (the Director of Amnesty), whose inspiring words highlighted the importance and effectiveness of Amnesty's work, and the contributions made by its members. One particuarly empowering speech was from a Syrian political prisoner who was unjustly imprisoned for his political activism in Syria, and whose release can be partially attributed to the efforts of Amnesty. Writing messages of solidarity to individuals suffering human rights activists; discussing issues with John Bercow; John McDonnell; and talking to Jeremy Corbyn were all highlights of the trip. Engaging with such important and interesting people left the group with a resolve to get Pate's Amnesty group doing whatever it could to contribute to international efforts to relieve human rights abuses. We are hugely grateful to Alex Chalk, Cheltenham's own MP, for taking the time to come and talk to students at the event after Prime Minister's Question Time.  Article by Lucy Stephenson.

 

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