The freedom to travel is something we Intrepid travellers cherish. But for many, the freedom to read this article, to speak or act without restraint, is denied. That’s where buying a raffle ticket can help!
For over 50 years, Amnesty International has protected individuals around the world wherever freedom, truth and justice are denied. They shine a light into dark corners, exposing human rights abuses and campaign for human rights to be upheld. In the last year, Amnesty’s work has brought freedom to hundreds of vulnerable people and helped to at last achieve an international Arms Trade Treaty.
It’s always great when you hear about ‘real’ people winning competitions and doubly terrific when you know their win is helping others. Last year, Jessie Wells of Queensland sold a book of raffle tickets for Amnesty International, and she won the Ticket Seller’s Prize – an Intrepid trip to Nepal.
“We think it’s great to have a prize draw for people who help out by selling tickets. We never imagined we would win, so it was a huge surprise and we feel so fortunate that our small contribution has led to this”, writes Jessie and new husband Paul. “Amnesty International has been an important part of our lives since we were teenagers, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our wedding by taking this incredible trip to the mountains and villages of Nepal. Thank you Amnesty International and Intrepid Travel for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity, at the perfect time!”
Every day, millions of people suffer from the direct and indirect consequences of the poorly regulated arms trade. This month something positive could be done about it. On 18 March, the final negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty will begin in New York. The world desperately needs a final agreement to ensure that no country or arms dealer will sell weapons to governments, companies or armed groups where there is a big risk of those arms and ammunition, ranging from AK-47s to bombers, being used for atrocities or violent abuse.
Intrepid’s friends at Amnesty International tell us, that halting the use of child soldiers in conflicts is just one of a series of compelling reasons for states to adopt a strong Arms Trade Treaty. Child soldiers have reportedly been used in at least 19 countries, according to the global NGO coalition ‘Child Soldiers International’, of which Amnesty International is a member.