Applaud Use of Virtual Reality for Human Rights Education

Target: Amnesty International Deputy Director of Global Issues Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Goal: Applaud organization for augmenting human rights through use of virtual reality.

Virtual reality (VR) has officially entered the human rights sector thanks to Amnesty International’s innovative methods. Their Deputy Director of Global Issues, Mr. Sherif Elsayed-Ali, believes virtual reality has the power to democratically redesign the world.

“Virtual reality is very promising in how it could be used to give people a more direct experience of human rights issues and problems. It provides a more concrete experience of what others may be going through and helps us imagine what a better world could be by respecting human rights, ensuring justice, and protecting people’s freedom,” said Elsayed-Ali when asked how he believes tools such as VR, online tools and open source applications can change the world into a more democratized one.

Elsayed-Ali used the Syrian refugee crisis as an example to the possibilities that technology provides when government is absent regarding issues having to do with human rights. He explains how technology can improve the accountability system of working together internationally to assure issues like the aforementioned do not go unattended.

The project allows a visual first-hand experience of the living standards and real life footage experiences of a Syrian refugee. Elysayed-Ali and his team believe this will help create empathy in the viewers of the content via VR and create momentum for quicker change. Join us in applauding the efforts of Sherif Elsayed-Ali and his team for paving a way for better visual understandings of the human rights issues that other countries face in today’s world.


Dear Sherif Elsayed-Ali,

I am writing to you to applaud the innovative strategy you and your team have surmised in order to utilize virtual reality, applications, and interactive online tools to change the world. Your method of providing visual experiences of the suffering in distant countries is truly revolutionary. Technology has taken the role of news updates via Twitter and other social media platforms, but the use of virtual reality is a remarkable stepping stone to a more democratized world.

I challenge you and the Amnesty International team to continue innovating and providing the wonderful work that aims to improve human rights in the world.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Henry Ridgwell

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