Weekly Action and News 08/12/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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This week, we have our fourth action taken from the 2023 Write for Rights campaign. This is the case of Ana Maria Santos Cruz, a Brazilian woman whose activist son, Pedro, was killed five years ago, after speaking out against racially motivated police abuses. Pedro’s girlfriend recognised his killers as police officers and three suspects were indicted in 2019, but the investigation has stalled and the three officers are still working. Ana Maria is searching for the truth about her son’s death. You can send her a message of support, and/or you can send a letter urging the general prosecutor to ensure an independent investigation of Pedro’s murder, followed by fair trials for those responsible. All the details you need are in this years Write for Rights booklet. Alternatively, you can click below and sign an online petition demanding a full and fair investigation of the case.




Our December monthly group meeting is on Monday 11th December at 6pm,

 in person in the Librarian’s meeting room, 3rd floor Manchester Central Library.

As is usual in December, we will focus on our Write for Rights campaign, writing cards of support and appeal letters, sustained by light festive refreshments. There will be Christmas cards for sale. We will have brief updates on our other campaigning work.

All are welcome, including new members. Hope to see you there!



Eighth Silent vigil calling for a permanent ceasefire

and the protection of all civilians in Palestine and Israel

St Peters Square, Manchester, Friday 8th December, 5pm to 6pm

Meet in front of Central Library (next to Father Christmas)

Look for the Manchester Amnesty yellow banner.

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.



https://www.wegottickets.com/event/594143 [wegottickets.com]


Write for Rights 2023

Please come along to our stall ***this weekend*** at the

People’s History Museum

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, 11am-4pm both days


You can find out more about Write for Rights and download the campaign booklet at




Non-Amnesty events


Monday 11th December, 9.30-5pm,

Methodist Central Hall, Oldham St, M1 1JQ.


Greater Manchester Together With Refugees Workshop

Open to anyone interested in campaigning as part of the Together With Refugees coalition.


Find out more and book your place here


Members may be interested in the new report, “Surviving in Poverty” just published by Asylum Matters, documenting the difficulties of living on Asylum support


Greater Manchester Friends of Palestine and other organisations will be holding their weekly demonstration in St Peter’s Square this Saturday 9th December, at the earlier time of 11am.

If you wish to attend this event, as always, we ask you to do this as a private person and not to take Amnesty banners or logos. Thankyou.


Rethink Rebuild Society invites you to a screening of

OBJECTOR (2019), a film about Atalya Ben-Abba, an Israeli army refuser, directed by Molly Stuart

The film will be followed by Q&A with Atalya Ben-Abba herself on Zoom from Israel

Runtime 75mins;  Certificate 12; In English / Hebrew, with Arabic subtitles

Friday 15 December, 6.45pm Rethink Rebuild Society (the Syrian Community of Manchester),

First Floor, Discovery House, Crossley Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester SK4 5BH

You can reserve a place at the link below, or just turn up!

OBJECTOR (2019) Screening and Q&A with Israeli Army Refuser Atalya Ben-Abba Tickets, Fri 15 Dec 2023 at 18:45 | Eventbrite




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Good news

Italy - On 23 November 2023, the European Court of Human Rights condemned Italy for illegally detaining several unaccompanied migrant children in the Taranto hotspot in 2017. The Italian Government will be required to compensate the claimants for the damage caused to them. 


Malaysia - On November 28, 2023, the Federal Court of Appeal commuted the death sentences of three men who had been found guilty of murder in 2010 to 35 years in prison.




Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators

Anti-racism –Hazel Errey hazelerrey@gmail.com

Craftivism Lima Al-Iskalachi limazakoor@gmail.com

Europe/ Turkey Fatih Segmen  - fsegmen@yahoo.com

Human Rights in the UK Lancine Sacko  - sacko10@hotmail.co.uk

Individuals at Risk (bi-monthly appeal writing drop ins) - Anne Walker  anne.walker9@ntlworld.com

Manchester Central Library café, 2-4pm 4th Saturdays January, March, May, July, September, November

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians  - Mike Reed mikewreed101@gmail.com

LGBTQ+ and Pride coordinator – Zoe Song weiyi.zoe.song@gmail.com

Press freedom and Julian Assange – Lima Al-Iskalachi limazakoor@gmail.com

Refugees – Alison Wearden alison.wearden@gmail.com

UAE – Kathryn Fletcher bussk@btinternet.com


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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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