About this group
Amnesty Wirksworth and District Your local Amnesty International group in Derbyshire © Wirksworth and District Amnesty International Group

Founded in 2002 in the beautiful Derbyshire town of Wirksworth on the edge of the Peak District, we meet on the third Tuesday of the month, often with a speaker or other activity. The venue, Waltham House, is just south of Wirksworth Market Square, on the main road through the town. Please see our map for details.

What we do:

  • Campaign to protect The Human Rights Act.
  • Support the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.
  • Positively promote the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Campaign to stop violence against women.
  • Draw attention to the Arms Trade Treaty.

​As well as this:-

  • We're drawing attention to the plight of the Chittagong Hill Tribes and Dongria Khond indigenous group in Bangladesh, South East Asia.
  • We're requesting the Bangladesh government investigate widespread murders of Bangladeshi bloggers by vigilante groups seeking to suppress freedom of speech.
  • We're making sure the Sri Lankan government investigate the case of 'disappeared' cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda.
  • We're campaigning on behalf of Uzbeki prisoner of concience, Dilorom Abdukadirova.

And much more!

Monthly Events:

We also send a letter on behalf of a different prisoner of conscience every month to their government, from each member of our 200 strong letter writing group.

Annual Events:

January 27th: Holocaust Memorial Day.

March 10th: International Womens' Day: An event to promote womens' right worldwide, where speakers, discussions and actions are organised.

Spring Bank Holiday (May): Wirksworth Well Dressing stall.

July: Pot Luck Supper: a chance for all members of Wirksworth and District Amnesty Group to meet for a chat, culminating in a candle light vigil for prisoners of conscience.

Between the 1st and 3rd week in September: Wirksworth Arts Festival: We organise a display and action for a chosen prisoner of conscience and a drama, spoken word or dance event.

10th December: Human Rights Day Message of Hope: Greetings cards via Churches Together.


Group Officers:

Chair: Kerry Scutts: kerryscutts@gmail.com

Deputy Chair: Paul Webb: paul.l.webb@virgin.net

Secretary: Alison Ledbury: ledbury.com@lineone.net

Treasurer: Vally Miller: vallymiller@yahoo.co.uk

Letter writing: Mary Foster: mary_foster@zen.co.uk

Website: Hilary Gray/Frazer Malaney: hilarygray@btinternet.com

Please do feel free to contact any of the group officers or email us at wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.co.uk

Contact this group

Please do feel free to contact any of the group officers or email us at wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.co.uk