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Weekly Action and News 08/03/2024

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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On 22nd February, Ibrahima Bah, a nineteen or twenty year old asylum-seeker from Senegal, was sentenced to nine and a half years imprisonment for steering a small boat across the Channel in which four people drowned.  Despite Bah’s claim that he agreed to steer because he feared he would be killed if he refused, the sentencing judge considered he was not subject to duress.  A recent report by the University of Oxford and various campaigning groups, reported in the Guardian, showed that hundreds of people, including children and victims of trafficking and torture, have been convicted and jailed for arriving in the UK in small boats to claim asylum. Of course, there is no “safe passage” and no other way for most people to come.


Captain Support UK, an organisation which coordinates legal support for people seeking asylum, particularly those in small boats, has written an open letter to the Home Secretary, demanding an end to the criminalisation of people crossing the channel, quashing of convictions on immigration offences, and freedom for Ibrahima Bah. You can access the letter at the link below which you can sign with your name and "Manchester Amnesty International group" as your organisation.




You should all have received an email with papers for our  

Annual General Meeting

which will take place at 7pm on Monday 11th March, online.

Please let know if you would like the papers sent again.

A zoom link will be circulated to all members nearer the time of the meeting.

All are welcome to attend, including new members.



Silent vigil calling for a permanent ceasefire

and the protection of all civilians in Palestine and Israel

St Peters Square, Manchester, Friday 8th 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.


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 would love to see you at our Manchester Amnesty stall



 Amnesty International UK in conjunction with Manchester Amnesty

Saturday 6th April 2-4.30pm Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, M2 5NS

Manchester launch of

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

Relevant stakeholders will be invited. More information, and tickets available here. If you plan to attend, please let us know by emailing so that we can gauge numbers.

You can read the report here


Non-Amnesty events


Greater Manchester Friends of Palestine and other organisations


National demonstration in London this weekend

Saturday 9th March, Ceasefire Now. Stop the genocide in Gaza

12noon, Hyde Park Corner to the US Embassy, London.


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.



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

United States of America - On February 27, 2024, Daniel Gwynn was released after a Pennsylvania state judge overturned the death sentence handed down against him 30 years earlier, due to serious deficiencies in the investigation that had led to his indictment.


United Kingdom - On February 28, 2024, the High Court in Belfast ruled that the "Troubles Act", which made it possible to immunize from prosecution for crimes committed by public officials in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, is contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights and should therefore be disapplied.


European Union - On 28 February 2024, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved the "anti-SLAPP" (Strategic litigation against public participation) directive to protect media operators from abusive and specious litigation, including “gagging orders”. The UK does not currently have full anti-SLAPP legislation, but the government have said they will support a private members bill to enact it.


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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