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Weekly Action and News 17/02/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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Honduras: Demand action over the killing of two water defenders

Aly Magdaleno Domínguez Ramos and Jairo Bonilla Ayala were members of the popular resistance of Guapinol (in the department of Colon, northern Honduras), a group who have been defending the Carlos Escaleras National Park and opposing an iron ore mine. They were found dead on 7 January 2023. According to their relatives, they were intercepted by armed assailants, shot, and killed on the spot. Amnesty are demanding that the Honduran authorities ensure a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the killings, and take immediate steps to provide full and appropriate protection for other members of the group.




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Our Acoustic Amnesty event,

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Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST)

is tonight!


Friday 17th February, 7pm,

at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford


With 6 choirs, 3 poets, a singer and a band.

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Omega Research Foundation is looking for keen and capable individuals to become trustees.

Omega monitors the trade, manufacture and use of military, security and police equipment to help protect human rights and prevent torture.


Previous trustee experience is not required. The role requires only a small time commitment but makes a big contribution.


Further information from Fiona:

See our website  and our trustee information pack here:

Or contact MAI member, Mike Reed, who is Chair of Omega Trustees: 07766 083765



Forthcoming events


An invitation from Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Stories from Gaza – a talk by Haneen Jadalla.

Thursday 23rd February at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.


Haneen has been an English teacher in Gaza since 2013, with special expertise in children’s drama.  She encourages her students to write and perform plays so that their voices may be heard in the wider world. She will speak about the challenges of her job and about the children's success with The Hands Up Project.


Open to all. Register for your free place on Eventbrite. Donations welcome.



The Amnesty Northern Regional Conference, 11th March 2023, 10.00-15.30, ONLINE

is now open for registration at the link below:

Amnesty UK's North Conference Live: Saturday March 11th 2023 Tickets | TryBooking United Kingdom

Talks, discussions and workshops on topics such as Amnesty UK's Anti-Racism Campaigns including the Government's Anti-Terrorism Programme, Protecting Freedom of Speech and Amnesty UK's work to End Israel's Apartheid.


All individual and group members from the North of England are welcome to attend.


FREE Amnesty Webinar, Tuesday 14 March 2023, 6-8 pm,

with Becca Strober, Education Director at Breaking the Silence

“Breaking the Silence” is a group of veteran soldiers from the Israeli army who wish to expose the reality of life in the Occupied Territories. Through their work, they aim to bring an end to the occupation. There will be the opportunity for questions from participants.

Sign up for the webinar here: Breaking the Silence: the reality of life in the Occupied Territories Tickets, Tue 14 Mar 2023 at 18:00 | Eventbrite


Good news


Zambia - Six weeks after the abolition of capital punishment, on February 8, 2023, President Hakainde Hichilema closed the death row of the state by commuting the death sentences of 11 women and 379 men to life imprisonment.


We have received news of the release of 12 prisoners of conscience in Iran. Most had been arrested for their support for the recent protests against the government but some had been in prison for longer. Charges included “insulting Islam,” “crimes against national security,” and “spreading propaganda.” There is only space to mention them briefly below. While we welcome the release of these 12 people, we remember the many others who are still in prison on dubious charges, often subject to torture, and who are being denied their human rights.


Raha Lonj                   tattoo artist                  arrested 25 Sept 2022            released 05 Feb 2023

Armita Abbasi             HR activist                   arrested 10 Oct 2022              released 07 Feb 2023

Hasti Amiri                  HR activist                   sentenced in 2022                  released 08 Feb 2023

Asal Mohammadi        HR activist                   sentenced in 2022                  released 08 Feb 2023

Farangis Mazloum      HR activist                   sentenced in 2022                  released 08 Feb 2023

Ehsan Pirbonash        cartoonist                    arrested October 2022            released 09 Feb 2023

Niloufar Shakeri          HR activist                   arrested 10 Oct 2022              released 09 Feb 2023

Mahtab Ansarian         student                        arrested 14 Nov 2022             released 10 Feb 2023

Noushin Jafari             photojournalist             arrested 16 Feb 2021             released 11 Feb 2023

Fariba Adelkhah          researcher                   arrested June 2021                 released 11 Feb 2023

Elmira Rahaman         cellist                           arrested Jan 16 2023              released 12 Feb 2023

Khaled Pirzadeh         athlete, coach             imprisoned June 2019            released 12 Feb 2023


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 Wednesday 22nd February, 6pm, on zoom, contact Kathryn Fletcher for joining link,

Refugees – Next meeting, Monday 6th March, 6pm, on zoom please contact Alison Wearden, if you would like to join

Anti-racism – Next meeting, Tuesday 28th February, 6pm, online,  please contact Hazel Errey if you would like to join

Craftivism Next meeting Sunday 19th February, 6pm, online, please contact Kathryn Fletcher if you would like to join . 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, 25th March 2-4pm, then 4th Saturday in May, July, September, November. Manchester Central Library, café area. Contact Anne Walker for more information



Other areas of work are led by:

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians Mike Reed

LGBTQ+ and Pride coordinator – Zoe Song

Europe/ Turkey, Fatih Segmen,



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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