Events in May and June: talk, bookclub, letter writing, walk or run and much, much more

Dates for your diary! Have a look below at all the special and interesting events that the Cambridge City Group is putting on this May and June. No doubt we will hear about terrible Human Rights abuse, but as we focus on campaigning against it together, we're making a difference and that is very exciting.  


Wednesday, 6 May, 7:30pm

Amnesty Cambridge LGBTI group meeting: Supporting LGBTI activists in Belarus and Russia 

CB2 Internet Café, Norfolk Street
At this meeting we will focus on our long term campaign for Belarus LGBTI rights activist Ihar Tsikhanyuk. We will also take action for Elena Klimova and her gay youth support organisation Children 404, which is threatened with closure in Russia. 
More information:

Thursday, 14 May, 7:45pm 

Group AGM and report from AIUK AGM 

Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House
The group's delegates to AIUK's annual general meeting will be reporting back to the group on proceedings there. In addition, we will be holding the group's own AGM.
Amnesty can only work through its members. Please do come along - even if you are not a regular attender - see what we are doing and, if you choose to, continue to join us occasionally, work through a group or contribute through the committee.
More information:

Saturday, 16 May & Saturday 13 June, 10:30am to 1pm

Amnesty Campaigning and Fundraising stall

Market Square in front of the Guild Hall
Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   

Monday, 18 May, 6:30-8:30pm

Stop Torture campaign group and letter writing 

CB2 Internet Cafe, Norfolk Street
The Stop Torture campaign group of the Amnesty International Cambridge City meets to sign letters and petitions and plan campaigning actions in Cambridge around the Stop Torture campaign. At this meeting we will plan a local event to mark the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture on 26th June.
More information:

Thursday, 11 June, 7:30pm

Human Rights in Egypt - Talk by Maha Abdelrahman

Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House
The talk will explore the growing forms of repression against wider sections of the population from journalists to students, activists, workers and ordinary citizens. More importantly, it examines the factors behind the sense of impunity which the regime enjoys including those of a regional and international nature. The talk concludes with a discussion of possible forms of support and solidarity that could be provided by people in the UK and elsewhere.
Maha Abdelrahman lectures on issues of Development Studies and Middle East politics including state/society relations, social movements and political Islam. Her research covers opposition politics, protest movements and human rights. Her recent book Egypt’s Long Revolution: Protests and Uprisings (Routledge 2014) offers a critical reading of the January uprising and its historical lineages. 
More information:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 7pm

First Meeting of Women's Rights Action Group Cambridge

Women’s Resources Centre The Wharf Hooper Street Cambridge Cb1 2nz 
Would you like to:

  • Discuss issues that affect women nationally and internationally
  • Take action where we can
  • Celebrate feminist achievements and activism
  • Become more confident in making your voice heard?
  • We would like to start a group that meets monthly, sets its own agenda and welcomes women from all backgrounds.

We would like to start a group that meets monthly, sets its own agenda and welcomes women from all backgrounds. This is an initiative supported by local women's and rights organisations, including Amnesty International Cambridge City Group
More Information:

Tuesday, 16 June, 7:30pm

Amnesty bookclub: reading "Murder in Samarkand" 

The Six Bells
Love reading? Enjoy books that tell stories from around the globe about injustice and courage, love and survival? Then come along to our bookclub for a great time discussing books with a human-rights focus.
For our next bookclub we will be reading “Murder in Samarkand” by Craig Murray, an incredible true storry about his time as ambassador in Uzbekistan. When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his post in 2002, he was a young ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states.
More information:

Friday, 26 June, 7pm

Walk or Run to Stop Torture One Step at a Time

Midsummer Common

Put your trainers on for a summer's evening walk or run along the river Cam. 
With two races (5K and 10K) and one leisurely walk (5K) on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Amnesty International Cambridge City group aims to raise vital funds for Amnesty's work. Each participant can either give a donation for participating or raise sponsorship. After all runners and walkers have finished all are welcome to join for a picnic. Families -especially the cheering ones- very welcome!
Registration and more information:
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