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Festivities and Generosity

Christmas is fast approaching. And while it is a joyous, special occasion filled with kindness, generosity and happiness for many people around the world, there are many who go without.

Christmas is a time to reflect on those we love and what we can do to make them feel special. But what about further away from home, in developing countries, far away from the cross, Santa, presents and Christmas dinner.

Our generosity knows no bounds close to home but casting farther afield, what do we see? How do we feel when we see children incarcerated in adults prisons, people abandoned in derelict refugee camps, and people’s human rights being denied again and again.

Some people are cold and lonely with no-one to advocate for them or be their voice.

At Amnesty International, we are pushing to raise the age of children in detention to 14 and advocating for children aged between 10-13 to be removed from detention immediately. The recommendation for children of this age that have offended is to be placed in intervention programs that address the underlying issues which lead to offending behaviours.

At Amnesty International, we work tirelessly to advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, including championing solutions to increase our humanitarian intake, end offshore detention and bring refugees to safety.

Right now, the vast majority of the world’s refugees live in developing regions, with half of the 20 million refugees in just 10 countries.

We can do better. The Australian Government, unfortunately, seeks to punish and deter people forced to flee persecution, hunger, violence and climate disasters, seeking safety for themselves and for their families, through its law enforcement agencies.

What can you do?

Last year, more than 1 million actions were taken in Australia from dedicated Amnesty International supporters, and there are 7 million supporters worldwide. If more than one million voices call out loudly in the darkness, they will force themselves to be heard. No authority can silence that power. And we have the power.

Amnesty International is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. We are a diverse and democratic movement of people who demand dignity, freedom, justice and equality for all. Christmas is no exception and we need to stand up and make our voices heard. Join the fight against human rights violations by donating today.

Words by Jacqui O‘Leary


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