‘As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.’
President Barack Obama, 20 January 2009.
A refreshing statement from the new president, and it would seem, one that is backed up by action.
We set out a list of human rights challenges <http://obama100days.amnesty.org/checklist.html> for his first 100 days in office. On each of these days we’ll be highlighting a way that you can help.
Follow us on Twitter for our 100 ways to help <http://twitter.com/amnestyuk>
We’re only days into his presidency and the human rights victories are stacking up. First the announcement that military trials at Guantánamo will be suspended, then executive orders that will close the detention centre within a year and ban harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding.
These announcements represent hard-won victories for Amnesty activists and Human Rights campaigners everywhere. Everyone who has campaigned on these issues should be proud of what their tireless efforts have achieved.
As our video <http://obama100days.amnesty.org/> suggests, there are still some people with unrealistic expectations for Obama’s first 100 days in office. So we’ve given the president a helping hand – by drawing up a checklist of tasks that are a little more achievable.
If you haven’t already done so, please add your voice to our worldwide petition,
<http://obama100days.amnesty.org/petition.html> to ensure the new president meets all of Amnesty International’s human rights challenges.
While there is still a long way to go, and plenty of boxes on our checklist that need to be ticked, for now let’s take a moment to celebrate. What a difference a week can make.
Amnesty International UK
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