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Weekly Action and News 27/10/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


Please do these actions and make a difference


Amnesty Urgent Action on Gaza

This is an email prepared by Amnesty for you to send to the Israeli Minister of Defence. You may amend it or send it as it is. It demands that Israeli authorities must respect international humanitarian law, including by immediately rescinding forced evacuation orders against hospitals and allowing the prompt and unconditional supply of humanitarian aid and medical supplies into Gaza. Israeli authorities must resume the supply of water and fuel into Gaza as an initial step towards ending the collective punishment measures that for the last 16 years they have imposed on the civilian population.




For twitter/X users

Children in Gaza are writing their names on their palms so that, if they die, people finding their bodies will know who they are. Medical Aid for Palestine is asking supporters to write #CeasefireNOW on their palms, take a picture and tweet it. Alternatively you can send their pre-prepared tweet via the link below.





Second Silent vigil calling for the protection of civilians in Israel and Gaza

St Peters Square, Manchester, Friday 27 October, 5pm to 6pm

Meet in front of Central Library. Look for the Manchester Amnesty yellow banner.


Please wear black/dark colours and please do not bring placards, banners or flags.


Simple placards will be provided bearing these messages:

Hamas: Release all hostages            Israel: No collective punishments    Protect all civilians Uphold International Law Protect human rights               Stop war crimes          Ceasefire now


A huge blank canvas has been prepared and is awaiting your

creative ideas to represent press freedom and freedom for Julian Assange.

Please send urgently to Lima (


Write for Rights 2023 Can you help?

We will hold the following Write for Rights events this year and need volunteers to help out!

Wednesday 22 Nov 10am-4pm Manchester Cathedral

Saturday 25 November 2-4pm Central Library

Saturday 2 December 1-5pm Amnesty stall at Whalley Range Peace and Justice group

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 11am - 4pm People’s History Museum

More details in future newsletters, but please look at the dates now and if you will be able to help out, contact Anne Walker



The next Acoustic Amnesty gig

will take place on Friday 8th December, 7.30 pm at Sacred Trinity Church

to raise funds for Amnesty and Safe Passage International

Tickets available here

WeGotTickets | Simple, honest ticketing | Acoustic Amnesty gig for Safe Passage refugee charity


Non-Amnesty events



Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Emergency Demonstration – All Out for Palestine.

Saturday 28th October, 12 noon, St Peter’s Square

More information here: (19) All Out For Palestine | Facebook



Rethink Rebuild Society is pleased to invite you to


A screening of “The Old Oak” by Ken Loach, followed by open discussion

Wednesday, 1st November at 7.15pm

Rethink Rebuild Society, First Floor, Discovery House, Manchester, SK4 5BH

Run time 1 hr 53 mins,certificate 15, in English

Please book your seat here


Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund Autumn Fundraiser

A Breakfast for Palestine (Buffet Breakfast)

Saturday November 18th, 2023 10:30am- 1pm

Uppermill Methodist Church Hall, High Street, OL3 6AX

With update from Gaza, readings and short films



Good news

Somalia - On 16 October 2023, a court acquitted journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Osman Bulbul for lack of evidence and ordered his immediate release. Bulbul, a private TV correspondent and member of the Somali Journalists' Syndicate, was arrested on 17 August and charged with spreading false news for denouncing the embezzlement of EU funds


Iran - On October 18, 2023, Fariba Adelkhah, a French-Iranian anthropologist detained in Iran from June 2019 to February 2023 on charges of espionage, finally returned to France.


France - On October 19, 2023, the Council of State took a contrary position on the decree of the Minister of the Interior banning demonstrations in favor of Palestine, establishing that the ban can only be ordered after a case-by-case assessment.


Iran/European Union - On 19 October 2023, the European Parliament awarded the 2023 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Donna Vita Libertà movement and, in remembrance, to Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian Kurdish woman who died on 16 September 2022 after she was arrested by the religious police for not wearing her headscarf correctly.


Afghanistan - On 19 October 2023, French-Afghan journalist Mortaza Behboudi was released after 284 days in prison without charge or trial. 


Italy - On 19 October 2023, the European Court of Human Rights ordered Italy to pay €9,000 each to three Tunisian migrants who, during several weeks of stay in the Lampedusa reception centre, had been "subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment" and, in the absence of an order justifying their detention, had been "arbitrarily deprived of their liberty".


Manchester Amnesty issue and campaign coordinators

Anti-racism –Hazel Errey next meeting 4th October, contact Hazel for link

Craftivism Lima Al-Iskalachi

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, 2-4pm 4th Saturdays November, January, March, May, July

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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