We are an independent, global movement that campaigns courageously for human rights for everyone.
We’re ordinary people from all walks of life, standing together for justice, freedom, human dignity and equality. We use our passion and commitment to bring torturers to justice, change oppressive laws and free people imprisoned just for voicing their opinion.
We’re independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion to ensure we can speak out on human rights abuses wherever they occur.
Every day we move closer to a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Learn more about the history of Amnesty International since its foundation in 1961 on amnesty.org and amnesty.nl.
Amnesty International Maastricht Students (AIMS) is a group of committed students who all want to emphasize the importance of Human Rights. Since its foundation, AIMS organizes plenty of actions and activities in Maastricht to create awareness on Human Rights issues.
Our projects include movie screenings at the Lumiere cinema, lectures, debates, foundraising events, social events, petition signing and letter writing marathons and information markets on various topics. AIMS has an international blend of members with different backgrounds, which enriches our organisation. We always welcome new members who would like to contribute to our group and organize actions, activities and spread awareness.
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Chantal, Fiona, Phoebe & Afroditi
My name is Afroditi Papadopoulou and I am the President and a board member of Amnesty International Maastricht Students. I am 20 years old, Greek (in case the name didn’t give it away…) and a third year European Law Bachelor student at the University of Maastricht.
I’ve always been very passionate about human rights issues, which is the very reason why I study law and also what made me join AIMS last year. I am particularly drawn to women’s issues, but any inequality ignites my passion for human rights, both in academia and in activism. I feel very proud for all the projects we have been working on (like the Movies that Matter initiative and winning the first Maastricht Human Rights prize for our video and presentation on the right to education last December), but mostly, for the community of loving, socially aware and restlessly active people we have created.
This year, I am looking forward to working with all of you on more local projects, aimed at bringing change in Maastricht itself and providing a helping hand to its people in need. Finally, a fun fact about me: I love bread ridiculously a lot & I’m a nerd for dinosaurs.
Hi there! I’m Phoebe Cox and this year I will be the Treasurer and Fundraising Officer for AIMS. I am a third year European Law student, and despite my lack of blonde hair, I am very much a dutchie. I have been a member of AIMS since last year. I initially joined because of my interest in human rights, and because I wanted to contribute to a great cause. While I have been able to do that, I have also met some of my best friends, and improved my organizational skills! My ideas about human rights revolve around one word: equality. One of my favourite quotes is: ‘When everybody is equal, we are all more free’. I truly believe that if we all treated people the way we want to be treated, that the world would be a much better place, however cliché that might sound.
Through AIMS I have been able to channel my passion for human rights into actual actions to raise awareness and to raise money for amazing projects. My personal favourite project is the Movies that Matter, but what I also really enjoy is to meet with like minded people and to be inspired by their passion every week. I am very much looking forward to another great year with all of you!
Fun fact: I have seen High School Musical 31 times and I know every word. (What team?!)
Hiya guys! My name is Fiona O’Hara and I am your PR Officer on the AIMS board for this year. I’m 19 years old, from Edinburgh in Scotland, and going into my second year of Arts and Culture at FASOS. I have always felt passionately about human rights from a young age, as my parents have both been proud supporters of Amnesty International for many years. By their example I have learned that nothing will ever change for the better unless we take action, as this proverb sums up: “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
I joined AIMS last year to get involved with activism, but also to join a community of like-minded people and make lasting friendships; gladly both of these goals were fulfilled and I’ve had an amazing year. Particular highlights were; protesting on the old bridge (mostly escaping harm from angry Dutch people on bikes) and learning about the country Somaliland for the first time. Overall, I think AIMS is pretty cool, as is human rights, they are awesome!
My fellow board members have included some fun facts in their profiles so here’s one from me: I am terrified of sloths. They are not cute. They are evil. It may not be fun but it’s still a fact…
My name is Chantal Genovese and I am the new Secretary and board member of Amnesty International Maastricht Students. I’m from Sicily, Italy, and I’m a 20-year-old second year International Business student.
I strongly believe in the importance of raising people’s awareness on physical and psychological human rights violations currently committed worldwide. Volunteering pushes me to always be the best version of myself and taught me that offering and asking for help is not a sign of weakness but of strength.
Fun facts about myself: I have a unique sense of humor, I go crazy for chocolate cakes and, once I start laughing, I literally can’t stop.
We are meeting every Wednesday at 18.30 in the Law Faculty, usually in the Statenzaal. Everyone is welcome to join the weekly meetings. Please join our members facebook group for the most up-to-date information about meetings: facebook.com/groups/aimsmembers/
Here is an overview of the current projects we are working on:
The project my team and I are working on right now is about women s rights. We are planning to do a few different things. We will have an art exhibition, showcasing any type of art our members associate with women s rights. This includes for example pictures in the vein of My Body My Rights and I Need Feminism Because…
Next to that we will hold a fundraising event with the proceeds going to a local women s shelter
Lastly, because the 8th of March is International Women s Day we will have an action on that day. We were thinking about a flashmob.
Water as a human right: Viva Con Agua cooperation
In cooperation with Viva Con Agua, we are planning a project focused on the issue of water as human rights. What we want to do is host the screening of a related movie in a local cinema. Apart from that, we are organizing a lecture with a UN rapporteur on water as our main speaker. Finally, we want to spread awareness on the issue even more by making and distributing informational material to foster further discussion within the student community.
Integration Documentary Project
Our project aim is to make a video-interview following the footsteps of the worldwide famous documentary Human (see below) on the topic of integration. It is part of an exchange project with an Italian Amnesty International student group, which will focus on the differences and similarities with the Italian integration system.
The idea is to tackle the theme of INTEGRATION and all the forms it takes when related to society:
We are trying to create a video-interview where the subject is asked to answer questions about one’s experience in the new country – both positive and negative – so to give a broader picture of oneself and a 360° understanding of what it means to become a new member of a culture with different perceptions.
The project wants to interview young refugees, university students, but also representatives of associations/groups, experts that can give a significant contribution to the project.
A GOOD WIFE is a story about Milena (50) a woman who, at first glance, is living a suburban dream. She has a husband, Vlada, who is a successful property developer. He doesn’t beat her, he doesn’t have affairs (at least the ones that she knows of) and he provides her a comfortable life by standards of modern Serbia. They don’t talk much, though, didn’t have passionate sex for a long time, but Milena doesn’t care – they have a nice house, two cars and two beautiful children – Katarina and Miloš. She’s got her garden to care for, and ceramic figurines she makes in the attic. Milena’s awakening begins with a routine checkup, when her doctor suspects cancer and tells her that she needs to do a mammography test in Belgrade. She’s upset and ignores the advice, returning to her small town, trying to do the same thing she usually does with unpleasant things – she tries to “hide them in a closet” by beginning an almost hysterical spring cleaning. During the cleaning, she discovers a chest with Vlada’s things from the war and a VHS tape with footage of Vlada’s task force killing civilians during the war. She recognizes Vlada as well as some of their neighbours on the recording. From this point on, we follow the five stages of Milena’s struggle to face this fact, and her efforts to preserve the only thing she has in life – her family. Her estranged older daughter Nataša helps her in this process. Nataša left home because of a political dispute with her father, she lives alone in Belgrade and works with an NGO dealing with human rights. We see Milena as she starts to look with different eyes at her family, at her children and at the neighbours around her that were keeping this terrible secret.
Women’s Awesomeness Exhibition
Art Exhibition in Celebration of International Women’s Day 2017
On 8 March 2017, AIMS celebrated International Women’s day like never before, holding an art exhibition. The exhibition’s goal was to voice women’s diverse issues but also to celebrate them for their strength, beauty, intersectionality and creativity! And so we did, featuring art made not only by our members, but also submitted by other amazing women of the local community. The pieces included paintings, inspirational, witty and sentimental signs, photographs, drawings, a recorded piano performance, and short videos on politics and feminism. The evening was filled with interesting discussions between creators and visitors. The interview video on feminism featuring women and men of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and their diverging opinions created by our members provided good food for thought. What brought everyone even closer was the art station we set up, giving all our visitors the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing and become part of the exhibition themselves. It was such a pleasure working with the Innbetween and having them as our hosts for the evening in their beautiful space.
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Amnesty International Maastricht Students (AIMS)
P.O. Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
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