Urgent Action letter writing, Monday 5th May, 7:30pm (and other diary dates)

Amnesty International issued 10 urgent actions in the last week. At the letter writing on Monday 5th May in CB2 (Norfolk Street, just off East Road - upstairs as usual) at 7.30pm we'll be writing letters in support of these human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations.

This includes urgent actions with regards those sentenced to death in the grossly unfair mass trials in Egypt, as well as jailed journalists in Egypt and Myanmar who Amnesty considers prisoners of conscience. Urgent actions have also been issued on behalf of human rights activists who have been detained (Saudi Arabia and Mexico), threatened (Colombia) and disappeared (Thailand). In addition there is also a call for inquiries into two killings in a favela in Rio during a police operation and a call to the Russian authorities about websites being blocked for writing about protest. Details of the ten cases can be found here, including links to the Amnesty website.

You can chose to write your own letter, or write a letter that can be signed by all those present. By writing a letter you not only support victims of human rights violations, but international pressure often leads to lasting change. Regardless if you have or haven't written letters before, your letter can make a difference. 

All information, paper and envelopes will be provided (but please bring a pen). Donations to cover the cost of postage are welcomed.

For other diary dates, including two events organised by the Amnesty group in Bury St Edmunds (Tuesday 13th May film showing followed by discussion and Saturday 31st May prose and poetry reading) please read the latest newsletter.

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