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Weekly Action and News 08/09/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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The DRC supplies most of the copper and cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries which play a major role in the energy transition away from fossil fuels. However, mineral-rich regions of the DRC are sacrificed to mining development, leading to a shocking series of abuses in the region. Thousands of people have lost their homes, schools, hospitals, and communities due to the expansion of copper and cobalt mines in the DRC, especially in Kolwezi, which sits above rich copper and cobalt deposits. In the global race to secure minerals for the energy transition, corporations and governments are once again putting profit above human rights.

President Tshisekedi describes the DRC as a “climate solution country”. Now he has the chance to become a global leader in climate justice and prove that in the DRC protecting human rights is an integral part of a just energy transition. Send a message and call on the DRC government to end forced evictions in Kolwezi and put people before profit.



The September monthly group meeting

will take place online on Monday 11th September at 7pm. We will be focusing on our UAE and Anti-Racism campaigns with updates from our other areas of work. All are welcome, including new members. The full agenda and a joining link will be circulated to all members nearer the time.


Amplifying Young Palestinan Voices - Thursday 14th September.

The National Education Union (NEU) has a proud history of solidarity with the Palestinian people, informed via sending two delegations per year to visit Palestine. Come to hear Fred Coker talk about the NEU visit to East Jerusalem, Jaffa, and the West Bank during February 2023. Jenny Christopher will talk about her visit to schools in the West Bank and their meetings with NGO’s fighting for the rights of children and young people in Palestine. Sue Piper will talk about her recent trip to the West Bank and Gaza with The Hands Up Project and about some of the amazing kids, teachers and groups she met there. More info here

Amplifying Young Palestinian Voices | Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign (

Free Admission - All Welcome  Donations welcome.

Thursday 14th September 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street,  Manchester, M2 5NS.




Rethink Rebuild Society is pleased to invite you to the screening and discussion of

My Mother's Wound, a gripping tale of family, love and identity, set in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Friday, 15 September 2023 at 7.15pm

Rethink Rebuild Society, First Floor, Discovery House, Manchester, SK4 5BH

Runtime 2 hours, Certificate 12A

Please arrive on time as the screening will start at 7.30pm exactly

Click Here to book your seat

My Mother's Wound (2016) Film Screening and DIscussion Tickets, Fri 15 Sep 2023 at 19:15 | Eventbrite




Good news


India - On August 27, 2023, the High Court of Karnakata State commuted to prison the death sentence of a man, now in his seventies, convicted of double murder in 1994, taking into account the fact that he had already spent almost 30 years in prison, ten of them in complete solitary confinement.

On 28 August 2023, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published binding guidelines for states party to the Convention on the Child, stating that boys and girls have the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment and that states must implement measures to remedy the damage and threats to their rights resulting from climate change and environmental degradation.


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 September, November, January, March, May, July

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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