Weekly Action and News 02/09/2022
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Health-related emergency. The health condition of Tawfiq al-Mansouri, one of the four Yemeni journalists detained since 2015 and sentenced to death in April 2020 before the Huthi-run Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a, Yemen, is severely deteriorating as he has been denied life-saving health care by the Huthi de facto authorities. Amnesty International calls on the Huthi de facto authorities to immediately grant him access to health care. Tawfiq al-Mansouri and the three other journalists- Akram al Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran, and Hareth Hamid - detained alongside him, must be released and their convictions and death sentences quashed without delay. Please click the link below to send an email TODAY as Tawfiq al-Mansouri’s health requires URGENT attention.
September Monthly Online Group Meeting, Monday September 12th, 7.00-8.30pm
Focus on Racial Justice and Anti-Racism
At the September monthly online meeting, we are pleased to welcome Ilyas Nagdee, the AIUK Racial Justice Lead who will talk to us about Amnesty’s work to achieve racial justice. There will be the opportunity to discuss our own anti-racism work with Ilyas and to think about future actions and campaigns. And of course, you will also be able to catch up on all our other work and news.
Everyone is welcome, including new members. Please look out for an email with the zoom link.
Events to protest against Rwanda deportations this coming Monday
On Monday 5th September, the case being brought by Care4Calais, PSC Union, Detention Action and Asylum Aid to determine the legality (or illegality) of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, returns to the High Court. To coincide with this, there is an all-day demonstration and 2pm rally outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, with many linked demonstrations around the country. The Manchester demonstration is at 5:30 in St Peter’s Square.
Forthcoming Manchester Amnesty event – Save the date!
A guided walk led by Steve Roman, to raise funds for Manchester Amnesty, will take place on Saturday 8 October, from 1.30-3.30pm. The accessible walk will cover sites connected with the growth of Manchester as the world’s first industrial city and its importance as a centre for peace and radical political activity, focussing on Human Rights. Look out for details of the walk, including the cost (suggested donation likely to be around £7.50 or whatever you can pay) and how to book your place, in a future newsletter.
Malawi - On 17 August 2022, as part of the Independence Day celebrations, President Lazarus Chakwera commuted 22 death sentences to life imprisonment.
USA - On August 24, 2022, a federal appeals court overturned the death sentence handed down by an Ohio state court against Odrave Jones for the murder of a police officer 25 years earlier. The ruling was influenced by racist remarks by a psychologist, who claimed that the accused had an antisocial personality disorder "common to a quarter of African Americans".
Manchester Amnesty Subgroups and other work
If you would like to join any of our subgroups, please contact the current convenors for joining details.
UAE – Kathryn Fletcher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti-racism – Hazel Errey, email@example.com,
Refugees – Alison Wearden, firstname.lastname@example.org
HR in UK – Matthew Sherwood, email@example.com
Craftivism - Kathryn Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org
Other areas of work are led by:
Crisis and Tactical Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen Rebecca Shaw, email@example.com
Europe/ Turkey, Fatih Segmen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians Mike Reed email@example.com
Individuals at Risk (quarterly letter writing) Anne Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
Manchester Group of Amnesty International
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