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Weekly Action and News 05/04/2024

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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Amnesty International UK are about to launch a campaign highlighting how the economic social and cultural rights (ESCR) of people in the UK have taken a battering over recent years, alongside the more widely recognised deterioration in civic and political rights (e.g. protest, voting, citizenship rights). The ESCR campaign, based on extensive research in vulnerable communities, will highlight how loss of the rights to housing, health care, education, transport and properly regulated work all interact and destroy people’s ability to live a decent life with their families. Please watch the video at the link below and share it widely. You can find out more about the new campaign here, and read more about ESCR here



UK human rights crisis: Olivia Colman film on baby death tragedy from black mould launches 'terrifyingly urgent' rights campaign (


Our April group meeting will take place in person on

Monday 8th April, 6pm, third-floor meeting room, Manchester Central Library.

We will be discussing two documents from the Amnesty Futures Initiative, and deciding how we as a group wish to respond to them. Document 1 sets out the Initiative’s objectives and Document 2 is a set of resolutions prepared by the Initiative for the Amnesty AGM in June. Both documents are attached to this email. We will also have an update on all our other work. All are welcome, including new members. We hope to see you there!




Silent vigil calling for a permanent ceasefire

and the protection of all civilians in Palestine and Israel

St Peters Square, Manchester, Friday 5th April, 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.


AIUK have put out a call for nominations (including self nominations) for the roles of regional activism reps, and the nomination procedure is now open.

You can find out about the role and how to nominate here.


Ahead of the anticipated General Election in the UK, AIUK have published a new

Human Rights Manifesto, outlining Amnesty’s demands for human rights-based approaches in both foreign and home affairs. You can access all the documents here.


Non-Amnesty events




A celebration of Gazan writing

With performances by Kamila Shamsie, Maxine Peake, Kingsley Ben-Adir and many others.


Thanks to everyone who wrote to HOME to protest when this event was cancelled.

It has now been reinstated, with the new date and details to be announced.

Read the statement from HOME here.

We will provide more details when we have them.




Greater Manchester Friends of Palestine and other organisations

Rise up with Palestinian Women. Stop the Gaza Genocide.

Demonstration, Saturday 6th April, 12 noon, St Peter’s Square.


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.


Your last chance to see the

Material Power Palestinian Embroidery exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery

The exhibition, which is free, closes on Sunday April 7th . It charts the evolution of embroidery in Palestine over the past century, showing how it has become a powerful symbol of resistance, and has come to embody personal and national resilience. The beautiful exhibits are on display in the UK for the first time in over 30 years and are well worth seeing!




What are the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers?

A day of engagement and discussion with local communities.

Saturday 13 April, 10:00-17:00, St Aidan's Centre, 230a Wythenshawe Road, M23 0PH

More information and register here.




Good news


United States of America - On March 25, 2024, the Texas State Court of Appeals sentenced Randall Mays to life in prison in a new trial, after acknowledging that the inmate's mental disability would have made the execution of the death sentence, originally issued in 2008 for a double murder, unconstitutional.


Thailand - On March 27, 2024, the lower house of parliament approved the law establishing marriage equality by an overwhelming majority.


Argentina - On March 27, 2024, a court in La Plata sentenced 10 former members of the military dictatorship to life imprisonment and one to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity, including for the first time that of sexual violence against trans women.


Poland - On March 28, 2024, Elżbieta, Anna and Joanna, three activists who in 2019 had been accused of "offending religious feelings" after they had put up posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a halo painted in the colors of the rainbow, were definitively acquitted by the Supreme Court.


Italy - On March 28, 2024, the Court of Appeal of Milan denied the extradition to Hungary of Gabriele Marchesi, accused of assault and belonging to an extremist group, as there is a "real risk of inhuman and degrading treatment" in Hungarian prisons and "there is well-founded fears of real risks of violation of fundamental rights".



Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators

Anti-racism –Hazel Errey

Craftivism – Lima Al-Iskalachi

Europe/ Turkey Fatih Segmen  -

Human Rights in the UK Iona Bruce –

Individuals at Risk (bi-monthly appeal writing drop ins and Write for Rights in Nov/Dec) – Anne Walker is stepping down. Please contact her if you are interested in taking over the role

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians  - Mike Reed

LGBTQ+ and Pride  – Zoe Song

Press freedom and Julian Assange – Lima Al-iskalachi & Danny Jones

Refugees Whatsapp group – Alison Wearden

UAE – Kathryn Fletcher


Our website Manchester | Amnesty International UK (managed by Alison Wearden)

X/Twitter @amnestymanc  (managed by Steve Lindsay –

Facebook Manchester Amnesty Group

Instagram @amnestymanchester (managed by Sara Baptista -


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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