50th anniversary celebrations
On Saturday 16th November volunteers from the Brighton and Hove Amnesty group were joined by Kate Allen (Director of AIUK ) and Caroline Lucas MP, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group by holding a stall at Brighton Station.
Brighton and Hove Group Chair Emma Parker says:
"It was a fun event where we celebrated the hard work and commitment of our volunteers over the years. It is a great achievement to keep the group going for 50 years. Brighton and Hove group is among one of the first Amnesty groups to be formed only three years after the founding of Amnesty International. We were pleased to be able to give away balloons and stickers and to talk to people about our achievements over the years. However, there was a more serious side to the day when we highlighted the case of our group's adopted prisoners of conscience, Abrara Al-Anany, Menatalia Moustafa and Yousra Elkhateeb. These three Egyptian women who are students at Mansoura University in Egypt have been imprisoned for up to 6 years for peacefully taking part in a protest at the University on 12th November 2013. Members of the public were invited to sign a petition to President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt asking for their immediate release."
We were delighted that local MP Caroline Lucas came to support us and to sign the petition along with the director of AIUK Kate Allen.
Please find below a link to our flickr page with pictures of the volunteers and Kate Allen and Caroline Lucas signing the petition