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Weekly Action and News 04/08/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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Irina Danilovich, a nurse and human rights activist from Russian-occupied Crimea is still being denied healthcare. She was abducted by Russian security officials in April 2022 and sentenced to seven years in prison in December 2022 following an unfair trial. Her condition has gravely deteriorated, and she has almost completely lost her hearing due to ongoing ear inflammation. The authorities’ denial of adequate healthcare and other ill-treatment during Irina Danilovich’s incarceration has caused her condition to deteriorate and put her life at risk. Amnesty have prepared an appeal to the Human Rights commissioner in Moscow, calling for her immediate release, for her to receive the necessary medical care, and for accountability with respect to her detention. You can send this appeal as an email by clicking the button below.




Guaranteed fun day out- and we usually get good weather!

Manchester Pride Parade – Saturday 26th August

So far, 22 people have said they will walk with the Amnesty banner in Manchester City Centre, but we can have up to 50 people. We would love to see more of you there!

All are welcome – you don’t have to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Join the parade to show your solidarity not only with LGBTQ+ people in the UK, but with those in all the countries where gay and trans people are persecuted or don’t have their rights respected. T shirts, placards etc. will be provided.  

Zoe Wong is coordinating our efforts -please let her know if you will be coming along and she will tell you where to meet and pick up your parade wrist-band



Please note that our next Group meeting on Monday 14th August, will be an in-person meeting, at Manchester Central Library at the earlier time of 6pm.

More details will be provided on Facebook and in next week’s newsletter.


Our friend and supporter from Rethink Rebuild Society, Mustafa Alachkar, is taking part in the Big Ride for Palestine over 4 days (3-6 August). It’s a long bike ride this year, from Swansea to Bristol, via Cardiff and Newport. He is raising funds for MECA, an organisation that helps refugee children in the Middle East, who often have so little, to get involved in sports and other activities.    If you wish to donate, you can do so here.




10 years on from Acoustic Amnesty’s first gig, we welcome back some of the performers who were at that very first gig. Proceeds will go to Amnesty and the charity Forever Manchester

Friday, 8th September, 2023. Door time 7:00pm, Start time 7:30

At Sacred Trinity Church, Salford.

Get your tickets here.

WeGotTickets | Simple, honest ticketing | Acoustic Amnesty 10th anniversary gig




Good news

UK – The Home Secretary was described as having had an “advent calendar” of court defeats last week. On 24th July, she lost a challenge in relation to asylum support delays and payments to pregnant women and people with children under three. On 26th July, interim relief was granted in relation to post-Nationality and Borders Act treatment of survivors of modern slavery. On 27th July, the practice of housing lone children in hotels that was held to be unlawful.


Peru - On July 21, 2023, an appeals court ordered that same-sex unions be legally registered in Peru after a Peruvian citizen sued the registry office for refusing to register her marriage contracted abroad, arguing that her constitutional rights had been violated.


Ghana - On 25 July 2023, parliament removed the death penalty from the Criminal Offences Act 1960 and the Armed Forces Act 1962.  Capital punishment remains in force for the crime of high treason.


Pakistan - On July 25, 2023, parliament approved an amendment to the Narcotics Control Act of 2023, repealing the death penalty for drug offences.


Iran - On July 26, 2023, the Supreme Court overturned the death sentence imposed on Mohammad Ghobadlou, 23, who allegedly killed a police officer in one of the protests that began in September 2022 and was found guilty of "war against God".



Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators

Anti-racism –Hazel Errey

Craftivism – Kathryn Fletcher Kathryn wishes to step down as craftivism coordinator so if you would like to take on this role, please let her know.

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 area, 2-4pm 4th Saturdays 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


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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