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Weekly Action and News 29/09/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


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AIUK called our Home Secretary’s recent attack on the 1951 Refugee Convention “a display of cynicism and xenophobia.” This December, world leaders will come together at the four-yearly Global Refugee Forum, offering a chance for people who disagree with the Home Secretary to show solidarity with refugees and call for action. The UNHCR will be presenting a petition from refugee supporters from around the globe to world leaders, demanding they take action in support of refugees. Sign the petition now and add your name to the calls for change.



***Help needed! 7th and 25th October***

Members will be aware of the fabulous craft stalls we have run to raise awareness of human rights in the UAE and climate rights. Our next two stalls, at which visitors will be able to use wood blocks to print designs on pre-loved tee-shirts (as well as talk to us about human rights) will be on

7th October at Granby Market in Liverpool (with Liverpool Amnesty) and

25th October at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

We need more helpers for the stalls. Don’t worry, it is not difficult, we’ll show you what to do.

We are also running short of plain pre-loved tee-shirts in all sizes (from 3 months to XXL).

If you can help or have any tee-shirts to donate please contact Kathryn



Global Justice Youth Manchester!

Presents a screening of “Big Pharma Failure

October 5th, 5:30pm, Manchester SU (room 2.2) followed by a social with snacks and discussion. You can sign up here

This short film highlights how the right to healthcare is at the mercy of a few giant corporations feeding the pockets of shareholders in rich countries.


You are invited to the launch of

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT)’s Annual Report: UK Arms Exports in 2022 

Presented by CAAT Research Coordinator Dr Samuel Perlo-Freeman, followed by discussion with Rhona Michie of Shadow World Investigations & Joshua Cooper of ALQST for Human Rights.

Thursday 5th October, 7 pm - 8 pm Online webinar. Register here []




7th October, 2.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Manchester

Manchester - St Petersburg Friendship Society presents a talk by Sergei Nikitin, former head of Amnesty in Russia, on Quakers in Russia 1916-1931
Members who missed Sergei’s excellent talk in February, sponsored jointly by Freedom from Torture and Manchester Amnesty, may be interested in this talk, as indeed will anyone wants to hear Sergei again. Admission is FREE




HOME Manchester, October 10-12th

Curious Monkey and Hamzeh Al Hussien present


“A timely and moving but often funny production about the refugee and migrant experience that sees an engaging cast directed with flair"

Book tickets here. Penguin - HOME (




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



Good news

Croatia - On September 18, 2023, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced the introduction in parliament of a proposed law to define the crime of femicide. It will be voted on in early 2024.


United States of America - On September 19, 2023, a judge in the state of Oklahoma confirmed the decision of the prosecutor not to request a new trial against Glynn Simmons, thereby totally acquitting him of the murder charge for which he was originally sentenced to death. Mr Simmons has spent 48 years in prison, his death sentence having been commuted to life imprisonment in 1977.


Iran – On September 19, 2023, Iranian/US/British citizen and conservationist Morad Tahbaz was released from prison and flown out of Iran. He had been arrested in 2018 and imprisoned for ten years on trumped charges of spying and threatening the security of Iran.


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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