Giving voice to those who don't have a voice in determining their
freedom is one of the primary goals of Amnesty International, said
its director at Tuesday's University Forum at The University of
Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, said since
its creation in 1961, his organization has played a critical role
in overturning oppressive practices of governments across the globe
and speaking out against and bringing attention to those actions
that undermine the liberty and freedom of people everywhere.
thing to remember is that most of what results (in human rights
violations) is determined by who has the power," Schulz said.
"Human rights tries to rebalance the power and give more standing
to people have less power or are more voiceless."
the efforts of Amnesty has been the decline in the number of people
across the globe who are being held as political prisoners and the
drop in the number of countries that utilize the death penalty.
During a meeting
with students after his presentation, titled "Terror, Torment
and Tyranny: The State of Human Rights Today," Schulz said
that though his organization is a leader in human rights advocacy,
it is not a pacifist organization.
mean you have to oppose all military intervention (to achieve relief
for human suffering)," he said. "The circumstances and
procedures would have to be appropriate."
recent book, In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights
Benefits Us All, argues that human rights ought to be worthy of
support because they are both morally compelling and our best interests
from the point of view of national security and economic growth.
Schulz is frequently on radio and television, including "20/20,"
"Good Morning America," "Politically Incorrect"
and "Larry King Live."
some of the best ways to improve human rights include human rights
education, training police and military personnel around the world
to be more cognizant of human rights, pressuring corporations not
to do business with governments or other entities that have poor
human rights records and working with international financial organizations
to help bring about change. "It's a complex, multifaceted issue,"
Schulz said that increasing trade with countries with oppressive
political systems in an attempt to improve human rights, such as
the United States has done with China, has not resulted in satisfactory
a Southern Miss junior from Jackson, who serves as treasurer of
the university's Amnesty International chapter, concurred with Schulz
that the organization is making a difference in human rights, including
at Southern Miss.
group has helped raise funds for Tibetan children to receive a Tibetan
education, which can only be acquired in India. The Chinese government,
which controls Tibet, does not allow for the education to be provided
to the students in their homeland.
making an impact, and that's promising," she said.