Today, Amnesty International celebrates fifty years of standing up for human rights. We celebrate the thousands of political prisoners released. The lives spared as more countries have abolished the death penalty. The murderers and torturers brought to justice because of the International Criminal Court for which we campaigned. The letters written, petitions signed and people brought together across the world as one man’s idea grew into a global movement of three million people.
I strongly feel that this is an important charity that we, as Christians, should support. Jesus called us to 'love our neighbours' and what better sign of that love can there be than helping to make sure that their human rights are respected? I urge you, if you have not done so already, to find out more about the work of Amnesty International and join them in their campaigns, even if its only as little as sending a postcard once a year.
I'm currently reading the book 'Secret Believers' by Brother Andrew and Al Janessen. This contains tales of abuse of human rights and a campaign to make sure that Christians are given a fair trial and are not abused whilst being held in custody. Please remember those who are persecuted for their faith around the world.