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Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News 01/03/2024

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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Last year, then Home Secretary Suella Braverman signed off shocking anti-protest laws she had no power to create. She changed the definition of ‘serious disruption’ to ‘more than minor’ – giving police almost unlimited powers to shut down protests. This change had already been rejected by Parliament when the Government tried to insert it into the Public Order Act. But the Government went ahead and changed the law by the back door, using secondary legislation. This is undemocratic, unconstitutional, and unacceptable.


Liberty's lawyers are taking the Home Secretary to court to scrap it and want as many people as possible to pledge to defend democracy.  Add your name by clicking the link below.





If anyone would like a transcript of the excellent talk given to the group by Pete Weatherby KC at our February meeting, please email and I will send it you.


Our March group meeting starting at 7pm on Monday 11th March, online, will be our

Annual General Meeting.

More details, the agenda, papers, and a zoom link will be circulated to members nearer the time.



Silent vigil calling for a permanent ceasefire

and the protection of all civilians in Palestine and Israel

St Peters Square, Manchester, Friday 1st March, 5pm to 6pm

Meet in front of Central Library

Please dress warmly, wear black/dark colours

and please do not bring placards, banners or flags.

We will provide placards with Amnesty’s messages and tealights. Feel free to bring your friends.

We will continue with the weekly vigils until further notice.


Two FREE events relating to International Women’s Day/Week celebrations.


Saturday 2nd March 12-4pm at the Mechanics Institute on Princess Street, M1 6DD

to mark 100 years since Mancunian Ellen Wilkinson was elected to the Commons

Ellen24: Parliament’s Fiery Particle.

Featuring the Margaret Ashton lecture by Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP.

Tickets here


Saturday 9th March, 10am-12 noon, Manchester Central Library

Prior to the Walk for Women through Manchester City Centre

Trailblazers Celebration: Women of Greater Manchester

Tickets here


We will have Manchester Amnesty stalls in the foyer at the Mechanics Institute from 12-4pm on 2nd March, and in the Library from 10am-12noon on 9th March.



 Amnesty International UK in conjunction with Manchester Amnesty

Saturday 6th April 2-5pm Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, M2 5NS

Manchester launch of

Amnesty report “This is the Thought Police on the government’s Prevent strategy

Relevant stakeholders will be invited. If you are interested in attending, please let us know so we can gauge numbers. Email

Full details of the launch event, including how to book, will be published when available.


Non-Amnesty events


Greater Manchester Friends of Palestine and other organisations


Run the wall/Ride for Palestine, organised by the Amos Trust

Saturday 2nd March, 10am, run or walk 5K, 10K or more in Alexandra Park, or go on your bike.

This annual event is usually timed to coincide with the Bethlehem Marathon.

If you plan to take part, please register here, so that the organisers can get an idea of numbers.



Demonstration, Saturday 2nd March, 12 noon St Peter’s Square M2 5PD


Whalley Range Peace and Justice Stand with Palestine

Each Wednesday 4.30-5.30 at Brooks Bar (junction Upper Chorlton Rd/Moss Lane East/Withington Rd)


Please support these events, but please do not take Amnesty banners.


***TOMORROW*** Saturday 2 March 2024 December at 7pm

Rethink Rebuild Society

invites you to a screening of the film

Gaza (2019), directed by Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, followed by an open discussion


Free from the cliché of news reportage, this is a beautiful portrait of Gaza’s ordinary people who attempt to lead meaningful lives.


Please arrive on time as the screening will start at 7.15pm promptly.

At: Rethink Rebuild Society (the Syrian Community of Manchester), First Floor, Discovery House, Crossley Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester SK4 5BH. Tickets available here.


Sunday 3rd March, 3-5pm

Niamos Radical Arts & Centre, Warwick Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5EU

Join us for a Palestinian Film Screening

“Stern: The man, The Gang and The State”

A documentary that opens the book on how the state of Israel was built

Reserve a place here


Thursday 28th March, 2024, 6-8.30pm, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester,M15 6ER

Music Action International and Stone Flowers (a collective of refugee survivors of torture in the North West) will present a special screening of the award winning film

“Stone Flowers – songs of Hope and Defiance”

Book your tickets here


Good news

Pakistan - On February 19, 2024, the Supreme Court suspended the execution, scheduled for 48 hours later, of Imdad Ali, 50, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia ascertained by multiple expert reports.


Switzerland - On February 21, 2024, the court in Bern-Mittelland acquitted three defendants of criminal defamation charges in connection with a report, published in 2020 by the NGOs Public Eye and TRIAL, which alleged that the Kolmar group, which trades and refines hydrocarbons, may have violated international law by buying smuggled Libyan oil.


Saudi Arabia - On February 22, 2024, Amazon announced that it had paid $1.9 million in refunds to more than 700 of its workers in Saudi Arabia. This decision followed a report published by Amnesty International in October 2023, in which the organization denounced a whole series of human rights violations against workers.



Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators

Anti-racism –Hazel Errey

Craftivism Lima Al-Iskalachi

Europe/ Turkey Fatih Segmen  -

Human Rights in the UK Lancine Sacko  -

Individuals at Risk (bi-monthly appeal writing drop ins) - Anne Walker

Manchester Central Library café, 2-4pm 4th Saturdays January, March, May, July, September, November

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians  - Mike Reed

LGBTQ+ and Pride coordinator – Zoe Song

Press freedom and Julian Assange – Lima Al-Iskalachi

Refugees – Alison Wearden

UAE – Kathryn Fletcher


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Alison Wearden 

Communications Secretary 

Manchester Group of Amnesty International 

Please contact me with items for our Weekly Action and News email, or with ideas for longer articles for the quarterly Manchester Amnesty Group Bulletin.

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