Amnesty International UK plans to increase its campaign and education work in the North-East.
The charity has just opened a human rights education centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It hopes the centre will become a focus for campaigning activities in the area and a valuable resource for education professionals once human rights becomes a compulsory part of the national curriculum in September. The subject will be covered under the citizenship part of the school timetable.
Amnesty intends to send human rights material from the centre to several thousand schools in the North-East and wants the centre to act as a point of contact between local peace and justice groups in the region.
Visitors to the centre will be able to get involved with Amnesty campaigns by writing letters and signing cards. Music, poetry and other arts events will be held at the centre to highlight human rights abuses to the regional media.