Summer Sundae Weekender is delighted to have teamed up with Amnesty International once again in 2011, this time to take part in their placard photo project. As part of Amnesty's 50th Anniversary they are asking artists and luminaries to have their photo taken holding a placard with a message which aims to mobilize people and bring about change. Many of our acts at Summer Sundae have now taken part in this and the photos are below.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins
John Jones (Oysterband)
The Young Knives
Some information on the campaigns we have supported is provided below:
DEFEND RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NICARAGUA
Women have gained greater equality in the past 50 years, but women and girls still face discrimination, violence and denial of their right to decide freely when to have children. In Nicaragua, abortion has recently been criminalised in all circumstances, even for survivors of rape and incest. Women‘s reproductive rights are human rights, and we must defend them.
END THE DEATH PENALTY
When Amnesty began in 1961, only nine countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes and few considered it a human rights issue. Fifty years on, the momentum for worldwide abolition is unstoppable. The time is ripe to move forward towards a death-penalty free world.
PROTECT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The jailing of two students for toasting freedom in 1961 led to the birth of Amnesty International. Today, although people have more ways to express their ideas, intimidation, violence and imprisonment are still used to silence human rights defenders and critics of the powerful. Let us speak out against repression so that everyone can be heard.