Marsh Award for Human Rights Activism

This Award is run in partnership with Amnesty International UK and recognises one of the organisation’s groups for their outstanding work in campaigning, awareness-raising, fundraising or education.

Amnesty International UK has over 280 local groups in the UK which devote their time, energy and skills to campaigns, raising funds and representing Amnesty in their local communities. This Award is a way of paying tribute to these efforts.

Amnesty International UK works to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

The 2014 winners are The Penzance Amnesty International Group

The Penzance Amnesty International Group, pictured above, is an exceptional group of members spread across towns and villages in Penwith. Despite the rural transport links they are a vibrant campaigning group, firmly rooted in their communities with support from local people, businesses and organisations.

In 2013 the group organised over 40 separate events. These included setting up stalls at the Mazey Day and Newlyn Fish Festival which featured Pussy Riot actions. Balaclava wearing women activists supported by local musicians raised hundreds of people’s awareness of the band members’ imprisonment.

The group has also set up ‘Monthly Letter Writing Events’ in a Penzance café, The Honey Pot, which has witnessed an increasing number of people joining in to sign and write letters. In 2013, the group sent approximately 1,000 campaigning letters.

The Penzance Groups is a “small, but perfectly formed group” who punch well above their weight and have carried out impressive work in raising awareness on Human Rights.

The Scarborough Amnesty International Group was awarded a ‘Second Prize’ for their extensive community activities and their great impact in raising awareness on Human Rights issues. In 2013 the group increased their membership and organised a range of events, including International Women’s Day Celebrations, a Poetry Society with Human Rights themed readings, local music performances and media workshops in schools.


Amnesty International UK

Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard



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