10 ways to campaign for human rights
without leaving the comfort of your home!

7 April 2017

By Teppadol Panyatipat


Do you believe it that you can actually relax in your own home during weekends but still support human rights and demand justice?
This can be done within minutes and only with a few clicks! Let’s take a look at what you can do!


1. Online petition


Everyday, there are so many people whose rights have been violated. They need your support. Fortunately, the new technology helps those victims who need support to connect to supporters like you. By making a few clicks on your computer and writing a few lines, you can support those human rights defenders around the world. Online petition has become one of the most convenient, yet the most effective campaigning method we have today.


2. Twitter


It is the most popular social network for news and information sharing. It is so quick and easy. It can be used as a way to support human rights as you can send twitter messages directly to people or institutions that violate human rights. The more twitter messages are sent, the more widespread the information about human rights violation becomes. This could eventually lead to improvement in the human rights situation.


3. Hashtag


By putting hashtags on human rights stories when you post them on facebook, twitter or any other social media, this will help spread the information quickly and allows more people to access the information. This is a great way to attract new people to support human rights issues.


4. Writing letters


Even though online campaigns have made campaigning for human rights much easier but this Amnesty International’s original method of letter writing is still making real and sound impact. Letters are received in actual tangible form. The higher number of letters received by the violators of human rights or the institutions responsible for protecting human rights, the more pressure to change will be felt by those organizations. Moreover, you can also send letters of support to human rights victims/survivors.



5. Making phone calls


Many people may never think that making phone calls is another easy quick, and very effective way to support human rights. It can be done any where and does not cost much. If you witness human rights violations, you can immediately report the incidents by calling the responsible institutions. In the cases of human rights violations abroad, you can always call the embassies of those countries to pressure for change.


6. Donation


It is important to donate money to support human rights because without money none of these human rights campaigns can happen. This is particularly important in the case of Amnesty International which is strict about not accepting money from any governments or business in order to keep its independence and impartiality in campaigning for human rights. Small donations from ordinary people like you are highly valued.


7. Becoming a member


Becoming a member of human rights organization means that you are interested in human rights issues more than regular people. Members of Amnesty International are entitled to take part in special activities, to receive information regularly. They can also take part in policy development and board members election. They can also to apply to become board members of Amnesty Thailand as well as the international board of Amnesty.


8. Join human rights education program


Human rights education helps you understand society and what is going on in the world. You can adapt this knowledge for use in your own campaigns on the issues that interest you. New technology makes learning easy. You can take online courses. There is a lot of online information that you can make use of. You can study with Amnesty International online here.


9. Help answer questions


If you come across people who are curious about human rights or share opinions online which promote human rights violation either on social media or webboard discussions, you can make a simple campaign by answering their questions. In that way, you help increase better understanding of human rights. Remember to always use polite language and never express hate.


10. Share


human rights stories on your social network pages: A lot of people are reading information online. They are particularly interested in what their friends post online. So when you post news or stories on human rights on your own social network pages, you are already campaigning for human rights. Some of your friends may get inspired by your posts and decide to take action.


There are so many ways to promote human rights and help other human beings. You just have to believe in your own power and choose what suits your time and ability. That is because ‘Any small things can change the big things’.