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AMNESTY THE HAGUE
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● AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND THE HAGUE
The Hague is a very international city hosting many national and international organisations. Amongst recent arrivals to The Hague are the International Criminal Court and the Tribunal for Lebanon. More established organisations in The Hague include the Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, OPCW (Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and of course the international courts of arbitration based in the Peace Palace.
The Hague also plays host to several centers of learning including the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague University and International Baccalaureate; these institutions have students and staff from all over the world.
The Dutch section of Amnesty International has two English-speaking groups. One is based in The Hague, the other in Amsterdam. Monthly meetings are held at The Institute of Social Studies (ISS) who generously provides meeting space for the English-speaking Amnesty International Group. The ISS is located at Kortenaerkade 12 in The Hague, close to the city centre, within walking distance of the train station.
The group in The Hague meets every month with the exception of July, August, and December. Meetings are scheduled on either the second or third Wednesday of the month, depending on the availability of the venue. Meetings commence at 19.30 hours and last for two hours. A typical meeting involves screenings of films dealing with important social issues or a guest speaker. We also always ensure there are petitions and letters to sign in addition to greeting cards which are sent to prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders.
Because of the transient nature of our group, we only subscribe to a limited scope of activities and do not sign up for campaigns that require a long-term commitment. We do however often link up with Dutch Amnesty International groups in The Hague to provide support to whichever campaigns they are working on so there are plenty of opportunities to be actively involved.
Ex-pats who get in touch with the head office of Amnesty International’s Dutch section in Amsterdam or the regional office in Delft will be put in touch with the contact person of the English-speaking group in The Hague.This group does not have an office in The Hague nor are we able to offer employment, internships or places for trainees.
For volunteers, the membership fee is approximately 35 euros per annum and there is a very reduced fee for students. It is not necessary to be a member of Amnesty International to attend meetings of the English speaking group or to participate in the group’s activities. Everyone is more than welcome!
If you do want to apply for a job at the head office of the Dutch Amnesty section in Amsterdam, or the regional office in Delft, a good command of the Dutch language is required. Whether you want to join one of these offices of Amnesty International as a volunteer or as a paid member of staff, it is necessary to commit yourself for an appreciable length of time.
Contact details of the office in Amsterdam:
Telephone: 020 6264436
Contactdetails for the regional office in Delft:
updating date: 2013