Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights watchdog group that focuses on enforcing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holy Cross chapter contributes to the organization through political lobbying, raising awareness about human rights abuses on campus, and attending conferences and demonstrations. We currently have about 20 active members on campus.
Educating students about the world outside of Holy Cross and helping to improve human rights around the world are our primary goals. Last year our biggest and most successful project to date was the "Landmine Awareness Campaign." We organized several events to educate the campus on the situation of landmines around the world. Highlights included a photo display in Stein Hall, one of the major academic buildings on campus, and two speakers from the group "Physicians Against Landmines." All in all, the project was a great success, and we look forward to similar major campaigns this year.
So far this year we have sponsored a speaker on Human Trafficking, done extensive tabling gathering signatures for various petitions, and written an estimated 150 Urgent Action Letters. Our biggest project was bringing Francis Bok to campus in 2003. Mr. Bok has spoken in front of the US Congress and the United Nations about his experience as a slave in Sudan. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Religion, Culture and Ethics at Holy Cross, the Black Student Union and the Model UN.