Weekly Action and News 14/04/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News

 

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At the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday agreement, Amnesty International and family members of men and women unlawfully killed by the security forces and republican and loyalist paramilitaries during the Troubles have urged the Irish government to commit to taking the UK to the European Court of Human Rights if the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill (‘Troubles Bill’) enters into law. The widely-opposed bill would allow perpetrators to get away with murder, torture and other serious crimes committed during the conflict, and will restrict the access of victims to justice, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. Amnesty is calling on the UK Prime Minister to scrap the bill. You can add your voice here.

 

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*****TOMORROW*****

Acoustic Amnesty!

Saturday 15th April, 2023, doors open 7pm, start 7:30

At the King’s Arms, Bloom Street, Salford

5 great acts will be playing to raise money for Amnesty and other charities

Tickets (£10 plus £1 booking fee) available here:

WeGotTickets | Simple, honest ticketing | Acoustic Amnesty at the Kings Arms

 

Human Rights in the UK QUIZ

Wednesday April 26th, at 7pm, online

The Amnesty NW Regional group are organising a quiz about human rights in the UK.

The government’s attacks on the rights of the people in the UK are so many and various that it is hard to keep up. Join in this quiz and find out how much you know.

There is no need to book, but it would be useful if you would let Anne Walker know if you plan to attend annewalker9@ntl.world.com .

A zoom link will be circulated next week.

 

On Thursday 28th April at 7pm, St Margaret’s Church, Rufford Rd, M16 8AE

supported by the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and with the Open Voice Choir

the Tadhamon Singers present an evening of songs, stories and pictures from Palestine.

There will be refreshments and a stall selling Palestinian goods.

 

Tadhamon Singers support the struggle for justice and equality for Palestine by engaging in activism in the UK against the injustices of the Israeli Apartheid regime.

 

Entry is free, donations are welcome. Please reserve your ticket here

We Stand With You Tickets, Fri 28 Apr 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

 

 

 

Dates for upcoming campaigning events

Please put the following dates on your calendar, as we will be calling for volunteers to help out at each of the events below. More details will be provided as the events draw near.

 

Saturday May 13th – Israel’s Apartheid - March and rally, 1-3pm, Liverpool City Centre

Saturday May 27th – letter-writing drop in, 2-4pm, at Manchester Central Library

Sunday June 4th – Refugee month event at Burnage Open Gardens

Saturday June 10th – UAE/Craftivism event – climate and human rights, COP28, Didsbury Festival

Sat/Sun June 24/25 – Refugee week events at Chorlton Open Gardens

Sunday July 16th- UAE/Craftivism event – Arab Arts Festival, Sefton Park, Liverpool

 

We were recently approached by SANID,

an organisation which fights for the rights of prisoners of conscience in the UAE.

After discussion at the group meeting on 11th April, Hazel, our chair, signed a petition on behalf of our group. The petition calls for the release of 60 detainees, an end to abuse and harassment, and for freedom of expression at and rights-consistent outcomes of COP28. We are not asking you to sign it individually, but are circulating it with this newsletter for your information.

ساند معتقلي الإمارات – SANID | Stand up for UAE detainees (sanidpocuae.com)

 

 

Good news

 

Chad - On 27 March 2023, President Mahamat Idriss Déby pardoned 259 people sentenced in December 2022 for taking part in protests against the prolongation of the transition to democracy.

Malaysia - On 3 April 2023, the House of Representatives passed a law abolishing mandatory death sentences and introducing judicial discretion for 12 offences, including drug offences, which are the reason for most death sentences.

 

South Sudan - On 3 April 2023, the UN Human Rights Council renewed the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, established in 2016 to collect and preserve evidence and identify responsibility for serious crimes under international law.

 

Kosovo - On 3 April 2023, the trial of former President Hashim Thaci and three other former commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army began. They are charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during and immediately after the 1998-1999 Kosovo War.

Uzbekistan - On April 6, 2023, the Senate of Uzbekistan unanimously approved an amendment to the Criminal Code establishing the crime of domestic violence. In addition to physical violence, stalking and harassment will be prosecuted.

 

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 Next meeting Tuesday, April 25th 5.30pm, zoom, contact Kathryn Fletcher for joining link, bussk@btinternet.com

Refugees – Next meeting tbc please contact Alison Wearden, if you would like to join alison.wearden@gmail.com

Anti-racism – Next meeting Wednesday 19th April, 6-7pm on zoom, please contact Hazel Errey if you would like to join hazelerrey@gmail.com

Craftivism Next meeting Saturday 29th April, Manchester Art Gallery studio room, 1-4pm, please contact Kathryn Fletcher if you would like to join bussk@btinternet.com . Kathryn will be stepping down as craftivism coordinator so if you would like to take on this role, please let her know.

Individuals at Risk (bi-monthly letter writing drop ins) Next session, Saturday, 27th May 2-4pm, then 4th Saturday in July, September, November. Manchester Central Library, café area. Contact Anne Walker for more information anne.walker9@ntlworld.com

 

Other areas of work are led by:

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

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

Europe/ Turkey, Fatih Segmen, fsegmen@yahoo.com

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

 

Alison Wearden 

Communications Secretary 

Manchester Group of Amnesty International 

alison.wearden@gmail.com 

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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