- Amnesty International was founded in 1961.
- It is the world’s largest voluntary body working for human rights today.
- It is independent of any government, politics, ideology, economic interest or religion.
- It aims to:
- Seek the release of all prisoners of conscience
- Obtain a fair and prompt trial for all political prisoners detained without charge or trial
- Abolish torture and the death penalty in all cases
- Although Amnesty International is not a religious organisation, many Christians approve of its actions and are members.
Own point of view and different points of views
- In order to get full marks on the last 12 mark question it is necessary to give another point of view, your own point of view as well as references to Christianity in your answer.
- A Hindu might believe that it is important to forgive and seek reconciliation otherwise you pass on bad karma.
- Even non-religious people might think reconciliation important otherwise you become bitter and twisted.
- Some people find it impossible to forgive others, particularly over big moral issues such as murder or rape.
- Forgiveness and reconciliation is a long process. In South Africa after apartheid, the government set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which gave people the opportunity to make a public apology for past crimes and violations of Human Rights. It allowed the country to move on as a more integrated society.