An example of why it is good to be an active member of an organisation

February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

This image has been doing the rounds at my end of Facebook in the last couple of days (despite the fact that the story it relates to – the Financial Times’ refusal to run this image as an ad – is fairly old; see, for example http://www.newstatesman.com/newspapers/2010/05/legal-reasons-amnesty-shell for details) and I reposted it because it’s a story I know a little bit about.

When I did so I got a message from an old friend, explaining he was pleased I’d posted it. He explained that as a student he had been active in his university’s branch of Amnesty International, and that at one of Amnesty’s international conferences (in 2003) he had made the case that Amnesty should take up cases of human rights abuses by businesses and not just abuses by governments. This involved making a speech in front of 200 people, and then another speech in the main plenary in front of 1000 people. As a result, Amnesty changed their policy and started to take up issues with business – like this case with Shell.

Cheers.

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