Sixth formers stitch up school contribution to wall hanging

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FOR half-a-century, Amnesty International has been at the forefront of campaigning for human rights across the globe.

And community groups in York have now helped create a tribute to the renowned charity charting the work it has done to help victims of conflict and human rights violations.

The giant wall hanging is currently on display at Bootham School in the city after pupils created one of the 33 panels on the artwork.

Assistant headteacher Sarah Allen said: “As a Quaker school, Bootham’s students are encouraged to take a keen interest in international affairs and particularly the role of peace makers and mediators.

“Amnesty’s campaigning activities aimed at shining a light on victims of conflict naturally chime with the instincts of fairness and the desire to help others. The community quilt is a beautiful and colourful reminder of these aims.”

The school has an Amnesty International group of about 10 pupils who created the panel for the wall hanging last year.

The artwork is now touring venues across the city.

Amnesty International was established in 1961 when British lawyer Peter Benenson wrote an article The Forgotten Prisoners after learning of the plight of two Portuguese students imprisoned for raising a toast to freedom.