Keeping Human Rights in the Spotlight: Looking back and looking forward (including 2014 meeting dates)

As 2013 is drawing to a close, it's time to reflect on the last 12 months. By keeping human rights firmly in the spotlight, Amnesty activists like you have helped to achieve some amazing things: http://amn.st/1chW3NO  From a personal perspective, 2013 has been a very special year as I ran a half marathon for Amnesty International. I have explained this further in this blog entitled "Why I am an Amnesty International activist".

Looking back goes often hand in hand with looking forward. No doubt your letter writing and activism will also be necessary in 2014 to voice concerns about human rights abuses and to speak up for human rights defenders and individuals at risk. As such, please find below the Cambridge City Group meeting dates for the first quarter of 2014. We have three great speakers lined up. Amy Horton from the Peru Support Group will talk about the plight of women in Peru on Thursday 16th January. On 13th February Dr Manali Desai will talk about violence against women in India and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann will speak to the group about human rights in China on Thursday 13th March.  In addition to the talks, we will also be in Market Square once a month on a Saturday with petitions and books for sale and we'll be writing letters in CB2 on various issues, also once a month. 

I am looking forward to seeing you at one of the Cambridge City group meetings or at the market stall in 2014.

Here's to 2014!

Liesbeth ten Ham
Chair
Amnesty International Cambridge City Group

 

Diary Dates 2014

Saturday 11th January,  10.30am-1pm 
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall
Market Stall
Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com

 
Thursday 16th January 2014, 7.45pm
Jesus Lane Friends' meeting House, CB5 8BA
Talk about the plight of women in Peru by Amy Horton, Coordinator of the Peru Support Group
Amy Horton, Coordinator of the Peru Support Group, will give a talk about the plight of women in Peru, a country which over the past century has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. The Peru Support Group, an independent NGO, works with  Peruvian groups and an international network to defend human rights, promote social inclusion and strengthen democracy. 

Although women represent half of the population of Peru, they do not have equal access to resources or power. Assumptions about women’s roles in society and at home often obstruct access by women to influential roles in both the public and private sectors. Due to prejudice and discrimination, women historically have suffered disproportionately from the country's pervasive poverty and unemployment. Although human rights issues affect many sectors of the population, there are some violations which are gender - based, or affect women to a greater extent due to prevailing patriarchal systems. In addition, race and class may worsen women’s position in Peruvian society. Amy Horton will highlight the work of the Peru Support Group supporting women's rights. For more information about the Peru Support Group, please visit http://www.perusupportgroup.org.uk

After the talk there will be a AI campaigns meeting. Discussions will be held about actions for the several campaigns that the Cambridge City Group is involved in and there will be letters for signing.
Contact: Andrea Brandt von Lindau: andrea_bvl@yahoo.de

 
Tuesday 21st January, 7.30-9.30pm
Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre)  
Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting - Focus on Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
Get involved: Write letters to and on on behalf of individuals at risk in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change.  Newcomers are welcome - no previous letter writing experience required! Information, writing paper and envelopes supplied. You are welcome to bring and pass on information about cases in other countries.
Contact: Sheila Hakin, smh1003@cam.ac.uk
 

Tuesday 4th February, 7.30-9.30pm
Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre)  
Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting - Focus on Human Rights violations in the former Soviet Union, in particular Russia
When the Olympic torch arrived in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Amnesty International launched a worldwide campaign to highlight Russia’s increasingly deplorable human rights record (click here for more campaign information). Therefore, a few days before the Winter Olympics, this letter writing meeting will focus on Human Rights violations in the former Soviet Union, in particular Russia. 

By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change. Newcomers are welcome - no previous letter writing experience required! Information, writing paper and envelopes supplied. You are welcome to bring and pass on information about cases in other countries.
Contact: Liesbeth ten Ham, liesbet7200@gmail.com

 
Thursday 13th February 2014, 7.45pm
Jesus Lane Friends' meeting House, CB5 8BA
Talk about violence against women in India by Dr Manali Desai
Sociologist Dr Manali Desai will give a perspective on violence against women in India, also in light of the recent calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty. For the academic profile of Dr Manali Desai click here.
After the talk there will be an AI campaigns meeting. Discussions will be held about actions for the several campaigns that the Cambridge City Group is involved in and there will be letters for signing.
Contact: Liesbeth ten Ham, liesbet7200@googlemail.com
 
 
Saturday 15th February,  10.30am-1pm 
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall
Market Stall
Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com

Tuesday 11th March, 7.30-9.30pm
Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre)  
Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting 
By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change. Newcomers are welcome - no previous letter writing experience required! Information, writing paper and envelopes supplied. You are welcome to bring and pass on information about cases in other countries.  
Contact: Andrea Brandt von Lindau: andrea_bvl@yahoo.de
 

Thursday 13th March 2014, 7.45pm
Jesus Lane Friends' meeting House, CB5 8BA
Award-winning investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann on human rights in China 
Ethan Gutmann is an award-winning China analyst and human rights investigator. He is the author of Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal. In August 2014 he will publish a new book entitled "The Slaughter", which tells the inside story of China’s transplant organ business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the Falun Gong Buddhists. More information about Ethan Guttman and his new book Slaughter, can be found here
After the talk there will be an AI campaigns meeting. Discussions will be held about actions for the several campaigns that the Cambridge City Group is involved in and there will be letters for signing.
Contact: Liesbeth ten Ham, liesbet7200@googlemail.com
 

Saturday 15th March,  10.30am-1pm 
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall
Market Stall
Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com
 

Saturday 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July, 16th August, 13th September, 11th October, 15th November, 13th December, 10.30am-1pm 
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall
Market Stall
Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com

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