Weekly Action and News 16/12/2022
Please do this action and make a difference
Families for Freedom is a community of people whose family members have been detained or who have gone missing during the years of the ongoing war in Syria. See this facebook page for several moving posts about missing people whose families have said their names, shown their pictures, and remembered them, while watching the world cup. Manchester Amnesty has shared these posts on Twitter, Instagram and the Manchester Amnesty Facebook group. If you are going to watch the world cup final on Sunday, or even if you are not, please take a moment to remember the families who are missing the company of their loved ones as they watch. Please read their stories and then retweet, share widely, or write your own posts in
support of Families for Freedom, using the hashtag
TAKE ACTION Facebook
TAKE ACTION Twitter
Write for Rights 2022
A BIG thank you to all of you who helped our efforts for this year’s Write for rights campaign; from helping to set up and run the stalls, to turning up and writing your own messages of solidarity and appeals to the authorities. And a massive thankyou to Anne Walker for organising all of this.
So far, we count 85 messages of solidarity and 21 appeals.
There is still time to get involved; click on https://www.amnesty.org.uk/write to find online actions and to download the booklet with full details on how to take part.
Please let Anne know the number of additional messages and appeals you write so we have an idea of our final tally firstname.lastname@example.org
Rethink Rebuild Society is pleased to invite you to the screening of
Peace by Chocolate Hatem Ali
Followed by Q&A with the Film Director Jonathan Keijser
Wednesday, 21 December 2022 at 7pm (film will start promptly at 7.15)
Rethink Rebuild Society
First Floor, Discovery House, Manchester, SK4 5BH
After a sold out screening at Celebrating Syrian Festival 2021, Rethink Rebuild Society screens Peace by Chocolate again as a tribute to Hatem Ali (who sadly died on 29 December 2020) and as a Christmas treat for us all.
Starring Hatem Ali, Yara Sabri and Ayham Abou Ammar
Certificate: PG Running Time: 96 Minutes
Language: Arabic and English with English subtitles
Egypt - On 5 December 2022, journalist Ismail Iskandarani was released after seven years of detention. He was arrested on November 29, 2015, after returning from a conference in Berlin, for "belonging to an illegal organization" and "spreading false news".
United Kingdom - On 9 December 2022, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights called on the UK government to withdraw the Northern Ireland Riots Act, seen by non-governmental organisations as political interference in the investigative action of the judiciary.
United States of America - On December 7, 2022, a judge in the state of Ohio annulled the death sentence of Gregory Esparza, found guilty in 1984 of an armed robbery that ended in murder. The judge noted that in the original trial the prosecution had concealed evidence in favour of the accused.
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 – Kathryn Fletcher, email@example.com
Anti-racism – Hazel Errey, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Refugees – Alison Wearden, email@example.com
HR in UK – Matthew Sherwood, firstname.lastname@example.org
Craftivism - Kathryn Fletcher email@example.com
Other areas of work are led by:
Crisis and Tactical Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen Rebecca Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Europe/ Turkey, Fatih Segmen, email@example.com
Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians Mike Reed firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals at Risk (quarterly letter writing) Anne Walker email@example.com
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.