The Harvard-Radcliffe Human Rights Committee recently renewed its membership in the Campus Network of Amnesty International (A.I.), Philip Bennett '81, chairman of the committee, told a group of 20 students at Phillips Brooks House last night.
After a semester of inactivity, the committee hopes to resume an active association with A.I., and to initiate new programs on campus concerning a wide range of human rights issues, Bennett said.
As a member of the Campus Network, the committee responds to "urgent action" appeals from A.I. by writing to political leaders in countries where human rights of specific individuals are in extreme danger, Bennett said.
He added that the committee also participates in campaigns against countries such as Chile, Paraguay and the USSR where human rights violations are universally flagrant and widespread.
Joshua Rubenstein, New England coordinator for A.I., said yesterday 60 universities across the nation belong to the Campus Network. He added that Brandeis University is the most active participant in the Boston area, with more than 150 student members.
"Harvard's association with A.I. will only be a part of our human rights commitment," Bennett said, adding he also hopes to work on behalf of refugees and migrant workers.
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