AS PART OF worldwide celebrations of Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary, the Scarborough branch staged a human-rights seminar.
Ahmed Khaleel, an Iraqi citizen who is taking a PhD at York University, gave a talk about Arab poets as human-rights defenders.
Dr Jay Prosser, reader in humanities at Leeds University, spoke about his recent co-authored book, Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis.
Royalties from book sales are being donated to Amnesty.
The seminar, at Hull University’s Scarborough campus, was attended by more than 40 people including the deputy mayor, Cllr Helen Mallory.
She said: “The work Amnesty is doing now is as valuable as it’s always been but possibly more so because there are more human-rights violations taking place around the world. Their work will be neverending because, sadly, atrocities will always be committed. I’m quite humbled by the work they do.”
The branch will have an AmnesTea and Write for Rights Day at the library on Saturday December 10, from 2-4pm.