New viral film against 42 days
Today we released a fantastic new online film called "Sleepwalk", the next phase in our campaign against UK government plans to extend detention without charge limits to 42 days. It feels like Ive been working on nothing else for the last two months, so I am delighted to see it venture forth into the virtual world
The film is by Oscar-shortlisted directors DarkFibre, featuring an exclusive new soundtrack by The Orb and a voiceover by actor Christopher Eccleston. It must be good as I still like it after seeing it and talking about it a hundred times in the last couple of months.
Tonight Ill be surrounded by people in their nightwear at a "mass sleepwalk" through the streets of Leeds to launch the film if you can make it to City Square in Leeds by 7.00pm come and join us bring your dressing-gown and slippers (really, do). Well be joined by blogger and 7/7 bombing survivor Rachel North at the launch.
Its called Sleepwalk because were worried that people in the UK may be sleepwalking into an assault on our basic human rights. The House of Lords debates 42 days today and everyone says they will vote against it, but Gordon Brown is still insisting that hell push through the 42-day proposals
The idea is to get more people to sign our petition at www.protectthehuman.com/42days urging MPs to oppose 42 days. If you havent already, please sign it and tell people about it.
You can find more info in our press release at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/news
We seem to be getting new allies against 42 days on a daily basis. On Sunday it was Dominic Grieve, Shadow Home Secretary, writing in the Telegraph (our own Kate Allen is writing on the same site today about it) while Lord Goldsmith pitched in today in the Guardian. By all accounts the measures will get a real roasting in the Lords this afternoon but until the government drops these measures altogether, we will keep campaigning against them.
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