Amnesty International's annual general meeting was held March 18-20 at the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., in conjunction with its 50th birthday celebration with thousands of people in it's attendence.
The AGM is a very valuable conference for Amnesty International becuase it's where members of the AI organization can get together and meet executive members and people who work full time solely to end human rights abuses. One of the speakers in attendence conveyed a powerful message to a journalist workshop panel was Roxana Saberi.
Saberi is a Iranian, Japanese-American journalist who was held in captivity by the Iranian government between January 2009 and May 2009. Saberi was charged in a Iranian court with espionage in league with the American government.
Saberi shares some of her experiences in one of Iran's most terrible prisons, explaining that pressure from the Amnesty International and the American government led to her release.
Wade Henderson, professor of Public Interest Law at the University of the District of Columbia, is an advocate against human rights abuses and for civil rights for all Americans. Henderson shares some information about his organization and their movement at the executive panel held in front of all attendees of the AGM.