Weekly Action and News 07/10/2022
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On 13 September 2022, Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini was arrested in Tehran by Iran’s so-called “morality” police. Eyewitnesses reported seeing her being violently beaten in a police van. Within hours, she was taken to hospital in a coma, and three days later the 22-year-old died. Mahsa’s death sparked widespread protests across Iran. The protests have been met with a deadly crackdown. Security forces have repeatedly used unlawful force. They have fired live ammunition and metal pellets at protesters at close range, misused tear gas and water cannons, and severely beaten people with batons. Since Mahsa’s death, Amnesty have recorded the deaths of dozens of men, women and children. Hundreds of others have sustained painful and serious injuries, including at least two who have been blinded in one or both eyes.
Amnesty is calling for states engaging at the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent UN mechanism now to investigate these serious crimes in Iran and to ensure accountability under international law.
Acoustic Amnesty is going electric and having a party!
Friday, 18th November, Door time 6:00pm, Start time 7:30pm
Manchester 53two, Arch 19, Watson Street, M3 4LP
There will be many singers, bands, poets and there will be a DJ spinning dance tunes. 100% of ticket sales will go to good causes including Amnesty Manchester.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that if there are not enough ticket sales for charity then the event will not happen (refunds available of course). It’s not worth all the artists’ efforts in preparing and performing if there’s only 12 of us in the audience.
So get your tickets booked here or at the link below.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the
#amnestymanc Human Rights Walk
Tomorrow, 8th October, 1.15 for 1.30pm.
It’s not too late to book a ticket!
Led by our member Steve Roman, the walk is fully accessible and will last about 2 hours.
Our monthly online group meeting is on Monday October 10th at 7pm.
The focus of the meeting is on how we can campaign more effectively. We will break into small groups to discuss ideas, and everybody’s contribution, including that of new members, will be welcome. Look out for an email with the joining link which will be sent together with the agenda.
On Saturday 15th October, 3-8pm, Old Abbey Tap House, M15 6SY
An afternoon/evening of music, poetry, DJs, stalls, dance and food, to highlight the Wikileaks Revolution/Julian Assange campaign. Please see this link for more information.
There will be an Amnesty stall, organised by Lima Al-iskalachi.
Please email her if you are able to help her on the day email@example.com.
Cuba - On September 26, 2022, with over 65 percent of votes in favour, a referendum approved the reform of the Family Code, which will include equality marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Pakistan - On 29 September 2022, the Sindh State High Court commuted the death sentence of Naeem Akhtar to life imprisonment.
Nigeria - On September 30, 2022, the governor of Lagos State commuted six death sentences to life imprisonment.
Malaysia -On 30 September 2022, an appeal court overturned the death sentence of Tan Chen Xing, who had been found guilty of trafficking 361 grams of ketamine and 156 grams of methamphetamine.
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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