Every year, LSESU Amnesty International publishes a journal. Its main goal is to provide students around the world with a platform to discuss, challenge, and review some of the main themes underlying the human rights discourse. Journalism does not only have the ability to inform, to evoke emotion and experiences, but are also essential elements of human rights advocacy – one of the few ways we can give those who have been silenced a voice. We hope that this collection of submissions can inspire you, the reader, to take action and help relieve people’s struggles around the globe.
The Human Rights Journal 2018-19: “A Climate of Change”
The Amnesty International Society is excited to announce the opening of submissions for the annual Human Rights Journal!
The world is changing.
With the AfD becoming the second most popular party in Germany and the recent election of authoritarian nationalist Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, the far-right is continuously on the rise. A caravan of people from Central America, walking towards the hope for a better life, is deemed a national security threat by President Trump and met with the mobilisation of the US troops. The WWF Living Planet report and IPPC warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation and give us 12 years to stop climate change.
At the same time, in a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has finally ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. Progress has been made with a record number of women, including the first two Muslim representatives being elected in the recent US Midterm Elections. A novel lawsuit was filed by 21 young people who argue that the failure of government leaders to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a clean environment.
In light of climate change and the changing social, political climate around the world, we are looking for submissions to this year’s Amnesty International Journal. Do you have an opinion, thoughts, photos, poetry, a piece of academic writing or stories that you would like to be featured in the journal ? Submissions are open until Week 5 of Lent Term.
Submit your contributions now to firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you have any questions regarding the Journal for 2018-19, do not hesitate to get in touch with the current Editor-in-Chief, Arzu Askin at email@example.com.