Standing for humanity. Changing Amnesty to overcome the politics of “us vs them” [updated in November]

In recent years many leaders, supported by tech algorithms and media tycoons that stand to benefit from growing polarization, have invested great energy in dividing us and offering this as the route to a better future. Again and again, we have seen the hollowness of this political vision, how it offers nothing but chauvinism and misery. We have seen how demonizing and undermining the humanity of anyone demeans us all. We have seen how questioning the rights of any person because of who they are is a threat to the rights of all of us. It is time to stand up to the politics of “us vs them”, to assert that we are one humanity. This paper is about how Amnesty International can play its part in doing that.

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