Weekly Action and News 13/10/2023
Please do this action and make a difference
In the light of the recent shocking events in Israel and Gaza, it is vital that we promote the important message of respect for international law, and condemn the killing of civilians and collective punishment, both of which are forbidden under international law. We urge all our members and supporters to take one or all of the actions below.
- Please write letters and emails to the media (Guardian, Manchester Evening News etc). You could also write to your MP, to the Prime Minister and other ministers, to local Councillors and to other public figures. We have attached a document with suggested points to make in your letters and emails. This document will also be placed on our website here
- Alternatively you can take this War on Want Action, with a simple click here, where a letter to your MP has been prepared for you. You may amend the letter or send it as it is.
- Please join our Zoom meeting to plan further actions by Manchester Amnesty on Monday 16th October at 7pm. The link will be sent to all members by email.
Can you help out at our next craft stall? We need more volunteers!
25th October at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Help visitors to the stall to print messages on to pre-loved tee-shirts, and spread the word about climate rights and human rights. You can help even if you’ve never done wood block printing before, as we’ll show you what to do. It’s not difficult (although a bit messy).
We are short of plain pre-loved tee-shirts in all sizes (from 3 months to XXL).
If you can help or have any tee-shirts to donate please contact Kathryn firstname.lastname@example.org
Rethink Rebuild Society is pleased to invite you to
How housing affects the lives of refugees in the UK
A conversation with Professor Phil Brown, in English and Arabic
As part of 'Refugees, the Lived Experience' series
Wednesday, 18 October, 7.30 - 8.45 pm
Online Event via Zoom, please register here
A screening of “The Old Oak” by Ken Loach, followed by open discussion
Wednesday, 1st November at 7.15pm
Rethink Rebuild Society, First Floor, Discovery House, Manchester, SK4 5BH
Run time 1 hr 53 mins,certificate 15, in English
Please book your seat here
There will be a sale of charity Christmas cards, including an Amnesty stall, on Saturday 28th October at St Paul’s Church in Heaton Moor, from 10-12 am, with refreshments available.
The next Acoustic Amnesty gig
will take place on Friday 8th December, 7.30 pm at Sacred Trinity Church
to raise funds for Amnesty and Safe Passage International https://www.safepassage.org.uk/
Tickets available here
European Union - On 1 October 2023, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) entered into force for the European Union. The EU becomes the 38th contracting party.
Mauritius - On October 4, 2023, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional Article 250 of the Penal Code, dating back to 1898, which punished sexual relations between adults of the same sex with penalties of up to five years in prison. According to the judges, "the rule does not reflect any homegrown value but is a legacy of British colonial history".
Malaysia - On 5 October 2023, an appeals court commuted to 30 years in prison the death sentence of a man and a woman who, in 2014, had been found guilty of the murder of her son.
Nobel Peace Prize – On 6 October, 2023, jailed Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her efforts to promote human rights and freedom for all.
Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators
Anti-racism –Hazel Errey email@example.com next meeting 4th October, contact Hazel for link
Craftivism – Lima Al-Iskalachi firstname.lastname@example.org
Europe/ Turkey Fatih Segmen - email@example.com
Human Rights in the UK Lancine Sacko - firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals at Risk (bi-monthly appeal writing drop ins) - Anne Walker email@example.com
Manchester Central Library café, 2-4pm 4th Saturdays November, January, March, May, July
Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians - Mike Reed firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQ+ and Pride coordinator – Zoe Song email@example.com
Press freedom and Julian Assange – Lima Al-Iskalachi firstname.lastname@example.org
Refugees – Alison Wearden email@example.com
UAE – Kathryn Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org
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.