Become an Activist

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We are a diverse group of people who take injustice personally.

Amnesty is one of the biggest and most influential human rights movements in the world. Whether it’s demonstrating against injustice, campaigning for change or petitioning governments, our activists are at the forefront of the human rights movement. It is our activists who bring enthusiasm, ideas and creativity to our campaigns. They are ready to take action online and offline nationwide. Some are members of local groups and the Act for Amnesty network. Many also take action online and support our work financially.

Act For Amnesty

As a member of Act for Amnesty, you will receive regular actions and updates on our campaigns, invitations to conferences and training as well as opportunities to join others in taking action for human rights. You can participate in our global Letter Writing Marathon, and join us as we petition at summer music festivals such as Forbidden Fruit, Longitude and Electric Picnic.

Urgent Action Network

The Urgent Action Network has more than 165,000 activists across the world, including more than 2,100 in Ireland. The urgent action network works by inundating the authorities responsible with letters, emails and faxes demanding a halt to the human rights violations and to protect individuals at risk from human rights violations. They mobilise quickly to stop serious human rights abuses from happening.

Death Penalty Network

In this network, we take action for individuals facing the death penalty around the world. As a member of the death penalty network, you’ll be called on to act for individuals immediately at risk of execution and to prevent death sentences been handed down.

I Welcome Refugees Network

I Welcome is Amnesty International’s global campaign for refugees. As a member of this network you will take action for refugee rights and call on governments to protect refugees through meaningful responsibility-sharing. Solving the global refugee crisis starts with just three words: I WELCOME REFUGEES. And it starts with you. Join us!

Join an Action Network

Our specialist networks allow you to receive information on issues of particular interest to you. You will receive monthly updates from specialists in that field with recommended actions you can take to make real impact for the better.

  • I would like to join the Act for Amnesty activist network and receive email updates about how I can help
  • I would like to join the Urgent Action Network and receive email updates about how I can help
  • I would like to join the Death Penalty Network and receive email updates about how I can help
  • I would like to join the I Welcome Network and receive email updates about how I can help

As an activist you will receive regular actions and updates on our campaigns, invitations to conferences and training as well as opportunities to join others in taking action for human rights. You can participate in our global Letter Writing Marathon, and join us as we petition at summer music festivals such as Forbidden Fruit, Longitude and Electric Picnic. You may also like to join one of our activist networks which are actively campaigning on critical human rights abuses including the Urgent Action Network (which responds quickly to human rights crises) and our work to abolish the death penalty and stop torture.

Many activists also participate in local Amnesty groups. Our groups lobby relevant decision-makers and campaign publicly to raise awareness and recruit new supporters. With more than 15 local Amnesty groups active across Ireland, there’s sure to be one near you.

Our Activists Say

Niamh Scully

“Like most people I have always thought that I should do something more with my free time but never actually got around to it. My experiences with Amnesty International have been incredibly uplifting and positive.”

Cian O’Cuirc

“Being an activist with Amnesty International has allowed me to learn new skills in public speaking and engaging people. I’ve met some great people and been involved at demonstrations, festivals and speaking at schools. I’d encourage everyone to get involved.”

Dennis Boscovich

“It is very rewarding to know that through the work I do with Amnesty International  Ireland, I can positively influence the lives of so many  heroes who are standing up for human rights around the world.”