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Weekly Action and News 21/07/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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This is an action from the AmnestyUSA. Johnny Johnson, a 45-year-old man long diagnosed with severe mental disabilities, including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on 1 August 2023 for the 2002 murder of a six-year-old girl. His lawyers have presented evidence that he does not have a rational understanding of the reason for his punishment, instead believing Satan is using the State to execute him to bring about the end of the world. International law prohibits the execution of people with serious mental disabilities, including those with a diminished ability to understand the reasons for their sentence.


If you click the link below it will take you to an Amnesty USA site with a template letter for you to use or amend. Please write to the Governor of Missouri, or email him at the address provided, asking for clemency for Johnny Johnson and for is death sentence to be commuted.







The next bi-monthly appeal writing drop-in session will take place at Manchester Central Library (area behind the café) on Saturday, July 22nd, 2-4pm.

As usual, all materials and information will be provided for writing appeals on behalf of individuals at risk by letter, email or tweet (bring your own device). It would be great to see you there!




Manchester Pride Parade

26th August, Manchester City Centre

We have up to 50 places at the Manchester Pride parade and would love to fill them all. Zoe Wong is coordinating our efforts -if you plan to attend the parade, or if you want more information, please contact Zoe



Rethink Rebuild Society  have shared their 6 monthly newsletter with us.

You can read it at this link


We have been invited to attend Stockport Amnesty’s September group meeting on 14th September, when they will have talks from Nabila Hanson and Rebecca Patterson about Amnesty’s work in China, and a discussion about engaging with the Chinese community in Manchester.

At the Friends Meeting House, 91 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 7BG, 7:45 for 8pm start.





10 years on from Acoustic Amnesty’s first gig, we are delighted to announce this celebration, which will include some of the performers who were at that very first gig. Over the course of 22 events with 67 different performers, Acoustic Amnesty has raised over £7500 for Amnesty and other charities. Proceeds from the anniversary gig will go to Amnesty and the charity Forever Manchester, which supports Manchester community groups.

Friday, 8th September, 2023. Door time 7:00pm, Start time 7:30

At Sacred Trinity Church, Salford.

Get your tickets here.

WeGotTickets | Simple, honest ticketing | Acoustic Amnesty 10th anniversary gig




Good news


Yemen - On 1 July 2023, the de facto Houthi authorities finally released journalists Mohammed al-Salahi and Mohammed al-Junaid, one year after the end of their sentences. They had been arrested, tortured and sentenced in autumn 2018 on charges of providing information to Saudi Arabia. 

Thailand - On July 10, 2023, an appeals court overturned the death sentence on Rusneeda Beraheng, who was found guilty in 2018 of trafficking 87 kilos of methamphetamine. The appeal court found that the charge of being in possession of the drug was not proven.


Italy - On July 12, 2023, the Court of Appeal of Bologna accepted the extradition request presented by Argentina against Don Franco Reverberi, wanted for crimes against humanity committed during the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983.

Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators

Anti-racism –Hazel Errey

Craftivism – Kathryn Fletcher Kathryn wishes to step down as craftivism coordinator so if you would like to take on this role, please let her know.

Europe/ Turkey Fatih Segmen  -

Human Rights in the UK Lancine Sacko  -

Individuals at Risk (bi-monthly appeal writing drop ins) - Anne Walker

Manchester Central Library, café area, 2-4pm 4th Saturdays July, September, November.

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians  - Mike Reed

LGBTQ+ and Pride coordinator – Zoe Song

Press freedom and Julian Assange – Lima Al-Iskalachi

Refugees – Alison Wearden

UAE – Kathryn Fletcher


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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