Annual Conference 2019

At Annual Conference we’ll hear from incredible women who are at the forefront of movements for human rights change around the world.

We’ll hear from Izabela Mozdrzeń and Beata Geppert and their experiences fighting fascism in Poland, as well as Vitalina Koval, an LGBTI activist facing violence and threats in Ukraine. We’ll also hear from Ireland’s own incredible activists and campaigners who repealed the 8th Amendment.

To top off this wonderful line-up, Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International, will be the keynote speaker. Kumi started his social justice campaigning as an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa at just 15 years old, and is the former Executive Director of Greenpeace.

We’ll also be talking about ‘Community Sponsorship’, a new programme that gives people the chance to ‘sponsor’ refugees to be resettled in Ireland.

Join us on March 23rd and 24th in the Gas Building in Dublin city centre. Day tickets cost €10 and weekend pass costs €20. Both include lunch.

Saturday Sessions

Our Year in Review: A Report to Membership

A look back at 2018 with our National Board, including Treasurers Report and presentation of Budget for 2019 & Headline Budget 2020

Community Sponsorship: A New Way to Welcome Refugees

Community Sponsorship offers ordinary people an extraordinary opportunity to welcome refugees into their communities and to support them in their successful integration.

AI’s New Global Policy on Drug Control and Human Rights

Fiona Crowley, Research & Legal Manager, will give a brief overview of the new policy soon to be adopted by the International Board

Never Give Up – a Human Rights Defender Speaks 

Una Mullally, writer and journalist with The Irish Times will  be in conversation with LGBTI campaigner and human rights defender Vitalina Koval.


Sunday sessions

You Don’t Have any Rights Here

A report back from our Executive Director, Colm O’Gorman, on a recent Amnesty mission to the US/Mexico border to investigate the impact of US policies on migrants and refugees.

Fighting Fascism in Europe

Izabela Możdrzeń and Beata Geppert are two of a group of fourteen women who are protesting against the rise of fascism in Poland. Izabela and Beata will share their brave story of standing up for human rights, despite an increasingly hostile environment for human rights.

Catrinel Motoc, Amnesty International’s Senior Campaigner based in the Europe Regional Office, will speak about the increasing threats to human rights posed by a rise in populism across Europe, and our work to counter it.

‘Stories of Refuge, Stories of Welcome’

Mavis Ramazani, a migrant Activist, is a WorldWise Global Schools Facilitator,  will speak about her motivation to become a facilitator on this programme, her experience, the outcomes for the students, and how such an education programme can contribute to creating ‘welcoming communities’.

From Violation to Celebration - A Time to Reflect and Refocus 

‘It’s Time’ campaign coordinator Sorcha Tunney will share her reflection on the campaign and look forward to where we go from here.  We are delighted that Amy Walsh from Termination for Medical Reasons and Tara Flynn will share with Amnesty members the highs and lows they encountered while campaigning for sexual and reproductive rights.

Keynote address with Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International Secretary General

An opportunity for members and activists to meet our new Global Secretary General, and to hear about his vision for Amnesty International and our work across the globe.


If you would prefer to pay on the day, please register here.

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