The Book Committee is an internally active committee and organizes fun activities and book reviews around a particular literary work or film. In this committee you will prepare questions and points of discussion so the participating members can reflect and talk about the book they’ve read or the movie they watched (together). This Committee is intended to create more awareness about what is going among human rights and to discuss relevant issues through interesting books and films.
In the Editorial Committee, you’ll keep the AISU community updated on the most important developments within human rights worldwide, but also locally. You’ll write long and shorts articles about topics concerning human rights that you find interesting. You could think about politics, war, art, feminism, the local LGBTQI community, refugees, etc. You and your committee mates have a lot of freedom on how to get this information to the public. Maybe you’d like to make a blog, or you’re more into a quarterly magazine. It’s up to you!
The Activity Committee is in charge of organizing activities concerning human rights. The committee organizes events around particular subjects concerning Amnesty International, or other current events initiated by Amnesty International. For instance last year, the Activities Committee organized a great dinner with refugees at ‘Buurthuis Rosa’ and also a very interesting day to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Other examples are organizing activities like the Writing Marathon or the Feminist Open Mic on Women’s day!
The Lecture Committee organizes lectures about urgent current situation in the world and of course human rights. For every lecture, experts on the specific topics will be invited. For example last year, we had a lecture about ‘Deathpenalty in Belarus’ and ‘Radicalization in the world’. It is up to the committee to find new, exciting or important topics for lectures in the coming year.
Next to this the committee will be supporting national and international actions of Amnesty International. Every month the group will choose an action and will try to collect as many signatures as possible through petitions to stop human rights violations. Read more about the actions here: https://www.amnesty.nl/kom-in-actie/acties
The last 3 years AISU organized an awesome Charity Concert in the Hoffman in Utrecht. They were both a big successes and many people were there to see some great performers and some very interesting speakers. This committee will be raising awareness about a specific topic (Last times they were ‘Irregular migrants’, ‘Ethnic profiling’ and ‘Freedom of press’) by organizing such a great event, and besides that will be raising money for a good cause. For example, this could be done by organizing a lottery, selling donated things or whatever creative idea the committee will come up with! This year the Charity Committee will aim to organize both a gala and a concert, two very spectaculair and fun events!
The main aim of this committee is to spread awareness about human rights violations in the world among students and to inspire them to take action. By taking a 2-day course at Amnesty International The Netherlands, the members of this committee become a ‘guest lecturer’. By getting in contact with primary schools, high schools and MBO-schools, they will organize classes about different kinds of topics with the help of great developed schoolmetarials developed by Amnesty International. Mostly, at the end of each lesson we write letters to people who don’t enjoy rights and freedoms like we do, or being people who have been jailed unfairly. Last year we organized some very interesting and rewarding lessons. We also organized a very successful writing marathon together with a school, where more than 500 letters were sent!
The committee I’m about to introduce is brand new but we are already very excited! Part of our 2018/2019 plan is to be more active and to engage in more protests and demonstrations. If you feel like planing protests and putting them into effect is your thing, or you want to learn how to do it with a dedicated group of people, Join the Action Committee!
In this committee you will have the chance to discuss news regarding human rights, hot political topics and any kind of issue you think is important so you can later take the streets and let people know about it. How exciting! This year we are ready to take a step forward, to make clear that we are not afraid of fighting for what we believe is fair and to call out those who attack equality and freedom.