Amnesty international is a global movement organization with more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories. Their main focus is on human rights with vision that
They are independent from government, political ideology, religion and economic interest. They does not accept any fund from government or political parties, most of their income is from individuals around the world. Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961 and they begin to work in Thailand after The Thammasat University Massacre. The Thammasat University Massacre was an attack on student and protesters that occurred on the campus of Thammasat University and at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. After this massacre, Amnesty International started a campaign to release the prisoner of conscience and they have been working in Thailand ever since. They use many digital media such as Facebook, Youtube and their website to voice their demands and stories. They have Facebook page for different countries, for example, they have Amnesty International Australia which is in English and Amnesty International Thailand (In Thai). They also have Amnesty International Thailand Youtube channel. They use these channel to show what they are doing and to express their idea. For example, right now they have a campaign to ending torture. Therefore, they have a article and video about this in their website and their Youtube channel.
This is their video on ‘Ending torture’ which is post on Amnesty International Thailand Youtube channel.
Amnesty International is peripheral in a sense that they provide information and they focus on something that outside mainstream media’s interest. However, after looking at their website and reading some of their story, I think that what Amnesty International think is good or right is base on ‘western’ ideology. I do agree with what Amnesty International is doing but I think they shouldn’t base what they do on certain ideology. They shouldn’t think that their way is better and the rest of the world should be the same. According to Appiah, there are 3 key ideas about cosmopolitan and I think Amenesty International should follow these ideas(1997, pp617-639).
- To care about people’s right and welfare even if they are not one of us, from same society.
- To be willing to learn from them – to accept we may be wrong.
- To be willing to allow them to be wrong.
Something that other countries do or believe might be wrong (in our eyes) but we should respect the different in culture and values.
Appiah, K A 1997, ‘Cosmopolitan Patriots’, Critical Inquiry, vol. 23, no. 3, pp617-639