Embassy Crawl - Saturday 29 September
Thank you to everyone that supported the 2018 Embassy Crawl - you can find photos here. (All photos taken by Rachel Walsh.)
Join us on Saturday 29 September when the Lambeth Amnesty Group will be leading their award-winning Embassy Crawl. The theme for this year is 'Women Fighting Back – 100 years of the Suffragette Spirit'.
One hundred years ago (some) British women finally won the right to vote. The incredible work and spirit of the suffragettes who made that possible is alive today throughout the world. We will be calling on several embassies in London (see attached flyer for the route) to highlight countries where women have been denied their human rights and penalised and persecuted for fighting for them. See here for a video of the 2017 crawl: https://youtu.be/-aeN1LYHiGc
Please join us (and register https://tinyurl.com/yb7ky5jc) to show that the women they persecute do not stand alone.
Meeting Point: We meet at 11am on Saturday 29 September at Hyde Park Corner just inside the Apsley Gate (near the Lodge Cafe). Take Exit 1 from the tube station (Piccadilly line) and, once up the steps, walk along the pavement. We stop for lunch in Hyde Park (bring a pack lunch or there is a café). The Embassy Crawl will finish at approximately 3pm. (You are welcome to join for all or part of the day.)
If possible, please wear a suffragette colour (green, purple, white) or sash. Remember to check the weather forecast and come prepared if rain is threatened.
If you have any questions or cannot meet us at the start time (but would still like to join us part way through) email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are the embassies we are visiting and the cases we are highlighting:
BAHRAIN Ali Mushaima, 35, is on a hunger strike, which he began after his imprisoned 70-year-old father Hassan Mushaima was denied proper medical care for his cancer. His son has vowed to continue his protest until the rights of his father, who is serving a life sentence in a Bahraini prison for leading anti-government protests in 2011, are restored. See here for further details.
VENEZUELA We are concerned about the threats faced by Human Rights Defenders such as Geraldine Chacón, who was detained without any court order on 1 February when about seven armed officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service showed up at her home in Caracas. See here for further details.
BANGLADESH In particular we will be expressing our support for the indigenous women of the Chittagong Hills of Bangladesh. Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission stated in July that, though murder, abduction and violence against women are happening frequently, no effective steps were taken by the local administration and the government. See here for further details.
IRAN Atena Daemi is serving a seven years in Evin prison for her peaceful human rights activities, including: writing posts on Facebook criticising the authorities’ execution record; distributing anti-death penalty leaflets; participating in a peaceful protest against the 2014 execution of a young Iranian woman; visiting the gravesites of those killed during the protests following the 2009 presidential election; and sending information about abuses against political prisoners to human rights groups based outside Iran. See here for further details.
EGYPT Azza Soliman, faces charges as part of the politically motivated Case 173 which targets NGOs. If found guilty, she faces a prison sentence. See here for further details.
SAUDI ARABIA We are particularly concerned by the cases of Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef, three prominent women human rights defenders who have been arbitrarily detained incommunicado in an unknown location since mid-May 2018. The three women were leading campaigners in calling for a woman’s right to drive, the end of discrimination against women, and the abolishment of the male guardianship system. See here for further details.
INDIA In particular we are concerned about the harassment and threats faced by Salima Memcha and other human rights defenders in Manipur associated with the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM). See here for further details.
- 2018 Embassy Crawl flyer