Weekly Action and News 25/03/2022
Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News
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French-Palestinian lawyer in arbitrary detention
Salah Hammouri is a French-Palestinian lawyer who lives in the neighbourhood of Kufr Aqab in East Jerusalem. He holds a Jerusalem residency permit and works as a field researcher for Addameer, a legal aid and prisoners’ rights NGO that, together with five other civil society groups, was declared by the Israeli government a “terrorist organization” in October 2021. UN human rights experts condemned this move as a misuse of counterterrorism measures and a “frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere”.
Recently, Salah was issued with a four-month detention order. He has been held without charge or trial since 7th March. This comes after months of harassment by the Israeli authorities, including the threat of deportation.
Amnesty are demanding that Salah is released immediately, that his residency status is assured and that he is allowed to carry on with his human rights work without fear of reprisal. You can take action by clicking the link below.
It is with great regret that we have to pass on the sad news of the death of one of our long-standing members, Marion Hunt, who passed away on Friday 18th March. Our sincere condolences go to her husband Sean Dunne, to members of Marion’s family and to her friends. Marion had been a member of the group for many years and was known for her passionate support of the Palestinian people and refugees more generally. She will be greatly missed.
Notices and Events
TOMORROW! Letter writing drop-in session to support and campaign for individuals at risk. Saturday March 26th, 2-4pm, Manchester Central Library, table area adjacent to the café. Come for as long as you like. Materials will be provided.
Any old photos? Manchester Amnesty Group archives
We are in the process of archiving old Manchester Amnesty group documents, going back to 1974! If you have any photos, clippings or any other relevant items, please let Alison or Anne know. email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subgroup leads and campaign coordinators still needed
Following our AGM on 14th March, we still need some subgroup leads and campaign coordinators (or people to help current campaign coordinators). If you would like to lead on campaigns around refugee rights or LGBTQ+ rights, please let Alison or Hazel Errey know email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org . Similarly, if you would like to join a subgroup, you would be most welcome – please do not feel that you need to be an “expert” or to have special skills.
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People may find this link to the Manchester Community Central website helpful.
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