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Campaigning for Individuals at Risk. Currently we are working on behalf of Dr Tun Aung, a Burmese community leader, who has been sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment after an unfair trial.
He was arrested following riots between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Maungdaw, a town in western Burma, in June 2012. Independent eyewitnesses confirm that Dr Aung actively tried to calm the crowd during the rioting and played no role in the violence. Nevertheless, he was convicted of inciting riots and various other criminal offences.
It is likely that the authorities were looking for people to blame in the aftermath of the violence and Dr Aung may have been targeted because he is a Muslim community leader. We consider Dr Aung, who suffers from a pituitary tumour and may not be receiving the medical care he needs, to be a prisoner of conscience.
Campaigning against the Death Penalty. Amnesty International is opposed to capital punishment. This form of punishment is not an effective deterrent and miscarriages of justice cannot be rectified. The Isle of Wight Group campaigns against the death penalty in general and undertakes urgent actions (appeals by mail, email, fax etc.) on behalf of prisoners in imminent danger of execution.
Campaigning for Women’s Rights. This campaign demands that governments in other countries, and here in the UK, change laws and policies that discriminate against women. The Group urges governments to prevent violence against women.
Country and Regional Campaigning. Currently we are campaigning on various human rights related issues in North America and the Caribbean (NAMCAR).
Business and Human Rights. This commitment for the Group focuses on the human rights impacts of business activities.
Greetings Card Campaign