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History of the Hampstead and Belsize Amnesty group

Hampstead and Belsize was the first ever Amnesty International local campaigning group, formed back in 1961.

It was a vibrant source of activism for decades, but the membership dwindled and the group gradually petered out.

We reformed  in August 2010, and have since met every two weeks and put on several successful events, including:

  • International Women's Day event at the Lock Tavern in Camden: a mixture of music, comedy and updates on women's issues around the world  (March 2011)
  • Walk with a Difference around Hampstead Heath, a five-mile sponsored walk requesting actions rather than money from sponsors, to raise awareness of Refugee Week (June 2011)
  • a Human Rights Film Night of short films and Q&A with the filmmakers at the Tricyle Cinema in Kilburn  (September 2011)

One of our first letter-writing events also  featured in the recent documentary 'Amnesty! When They Are All Free', aired in May 2011 to celebrate Amnesty International's 50th anniversary. 

More recently we supported the London region Arms Trade Treaty Banana Shoot out in June 2012.

Human Rights Film Night at The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn - write-up by organiser Shohini Chaudhuri
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