Adult Competition

Why write a poem about Social Justice?

We are inviting you to take part in a poetry writing competition surrounding the topic of
‘Social Justice: Human Rights’. It can be a poem about an aspect of human rights in the UK
or worldwide, inspired by your own experience or by the lives of those whom Amnesty seeks
to defend and give a voice.


Poetry, writing, imagination, and creativity has served as a catalyst for enduring hope during
troubled times. It allows us to express our ideas and visions about something we feel
passionate about, in the hope that it will raise awareness and inspire other people to share in
universal unanimity.

What are Human Rights?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 outlines the rights and freedoms that
belong to us as citizens and they are protected by law. Our human rights are not abstract
ideals; they affect all aspects of our everyday lives.


Some of these rights are:
• The right to life, liberty, and personal security.
• The right to equality before the law.
• The right to education.
• The freedom of belief and religion.
• The freedom from torture and degrading treatment.
• The freedom of expression.


Thousands of men, women, and children across the world, suffer from an abuse of and
denial of their human rights. This is often in various forms of domestic abuse; racial,
religious, or sexual discrimination; unfair trials; torture; forced ‘disappearance’, execution, or
imprisonment. They suffer at the hands of organisations, individuals and sometimes even
the state.
Defending & advocating for all our human rights is the central objective of Amnesty
International. More information can be accessed here: amnesty.org.uk/