Stop Torture campaign meeting Tuesday 27th January: Write letters and help plan the local campaign
CB2 (Norfolk Street, off East Road, upstairs as usual) from 7:30pm.
We'll be writing letters for victims of Human Rights abuse such as Dilorom Abdukadirova, who was beaten and has been sentenced to ten years in prison after an unfair trial only for protesting peacefully. (Case and letter writing details here.) Chloe Tennant, Amnesty's volunteer country co-ordinator for Central Asia, talked about Dilorom last Thursday when she gave an overview of the campaign and the situation with regards to torture in Uzbekistan. Torture is routine, but it seems that the Uzbekistani authorities do respond to public pressure and as such we will need to continue to fight for Dilorom and others, such as Erkin Musaev (click here for link to petition by Amnesty Australia). Another discussion item is taking action on closing the loopholes in EU law with regards to the torture trade. An array of gruesome torture equipment can be traded in the EU. For details and action, click here.
On a completely different note, we are currently planning some events and action in February with regards to campaigning for LGBTI rights (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex). We're hosting a talk by a member of Amnesty's LGBTI network on the 12th February, but are also thinking of an action and letter writing meeting. If you'd like to be involved in one way or the other, now or in the future, please contact Liesbeth ten Ham on firstname.lastname@example.org