Become an Activist

Why become an activist?

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. There are many different ways to get involved by joining our networks.

Act for Amnesty Network

Act for Amnesty is a network of 1,200 activists ready to take regular action online and offline. Our activists receive training and take part in events like conferences, demonstrations and festivals. This is a unique opportunity for you to get involved with the world’s largest human rights organisation.

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.

Brave Network

Brave is Amnesty International’s global campaign calling for human rights defenders to be recognised, protected and able to operate in a safer environment. You can tweet. You can protest. You can write a letter. You can be a witness. And together we can act as one, to fight injustice and build a fairer, more equal world.

It’s Time Movement

On May 25th, Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment, removing Ireland’s near-total ban on abortion. But this fight isn’t over yet. We still need to ensure the Irish government delivers on its promise for real access to abortion, and movements across the word need our solidarity and support. Join the It’s Time Movement to kept up to date on the global campaign and information on how you can get involved.

Pocket Protest

Become a Pocket Protester to help defend free speech and stand up for human rights, simply by using your mobile phone. Pocket Protest is our SMS Action Network. It’s made up of more than 3,000 passionate people who use their mobile phone to sign petitions and advocate for human rights.

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.

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Our activists also participate in local Amnesty groups. Our groups lobby relevant decision-makers and campaign publicly to raise awareness and recruit new supporters. Many also support Amnesty’s work financially by becoming a member.

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.”