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2021 Speaker Programme

Do join us to learn more about issues of our time, including Modern Slavery, Asylum seekers in the UK, and the developing situation in Yemen.  We are currently holding our meetings on-line which means you don't have to be in Chipping Norton to participate.

It is easy, with all the news coverage of the Covid pandemic, to blot out or put to one side all the on-going human rights abuses happening around the world today.  The situations in Yemen and Syria are dire; reports from Myanmar are increasingly alarming; worldwide more than 80 million people have been forcibly displaced from their home, 80% of whom are in territories affected by acute food insecurity and malnutrition; the treatment of the Uyghurs in China's Xingjiang region is deemed to amount to genocide - and the list goes on.

So, whilst we are unable to meet in person or to organise Amnesty events, we are focusing on our advocacy work, taking on new Case Files and becoming better informed about human rights issues and their various contexts.

In our March meeting we learnt more about the situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea, thanks to AIUK's Country co-ordinators, Patricia Bartley & Alex Jackson.  And we have the following speakers and topics lined up for 8th April, 13th May and 10th June respectively:

  • Tony Samuel, Asylum Welcome (an Oxford based charity that offers a welcome to asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire)
  • Simon John (Thetford Amnesty Group Secretary) - Modern Slavery (hosted by Reading Group)
  • Awssan Kamal, Oxfam - Yemen update.

To find out more about our developing speaker programme, and to receive joining instructions for any of these meetings, contact Val on 01608 641941 or email



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