Monthly Charity

Charity for June 2018

Prisoners of Conscience

 

Originally established in 1962 as the relief arm of Amnesty International they are a separate charity and the only agency in the UK making grants specifically to prisoners of conscience – individuals who have been persecuted for their conscientiously-held beliefs, provided that they have not used or advocated violence. Our grant recipients include political prisoners, human rights defenders, lawyers, environmental activists, teachers and academics who come from many different countries such as Burma, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Iran, Cameroon and Eritrea.

Prisoners of Conscience aim is to raise and distribute money to help prisoners and/or their families rehabilitate themselves during and after their ordeal. Financial grants cover general hardship relief, furniture, medicines, travel costs, family reunion costs, education, requalification and resettlement costs and medical treatment and counselling after torture.

 

Relief Grants

Grant recipient in Zimbabwe

They are the only agency in the UK making grants specifically to individual prisoners of conscience both in exile in the UK and overseas.

We co-operate with over 50 different referral agencies such as human rights organisations, refugee groups, community organisations, colleges or solicitors to distribute relief funds to beneficiaries.

Their grants are modest – up to £350 per person – and cover life-sustaining items such as food, clothing, furniture, non-prescription drugs etc. Other grants cover medical treatment, travel costs, family reunion costs, education, counselling and rehabilitation for torture survivors, requalification costs and resettlement costs.