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Weekly Action and News 16/12/2022

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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








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 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



Other events

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


Click here to book your seat


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
ertificate: PG       Running Time: 96 Minutes
anguage: Arabic and English with English subtitles

Good news 


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,

Anti-racism – Hazel Errey,,

Refugees – Alison Wearden,

HR in UK – Matthew Sherwood,

Craftivism - Kathryn Fletcher

Other areas of work are led by:

Crisis and Tactical Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen Rebecca Shaw,

Europe/ Turkey, Fatih Segmen,

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians Mike Reed

Individuals at Risk (quarterly letter writing) Anne Walker



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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