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Weekly Action and News 30/09/2022

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News 


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Aleksandra Skochilenko, detained for anti-war activities in Russia.

Aleksandra (Sasha) Skochilenko was arrested on 11 April accused of replacing price tags with anti-war information in a supermarket in St Petersburg. She is charged with “knowingly disseminating false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces,” and has been detained since her arrest. She is not receiving the medical care necessary for her serious health condition and has been prevented from seeing her partner who has been designated a witness in the case. If convicted, Aleksandra faces up to 10 years in prison. Call on the prosecutor of St Petersburg to immediately drop the criminal charges against Aleksandra and release her and, pending that, to ensure that she is held in conditions meeting international standards, and provided with appropriate medical care and diet.



We are looking forward to seeing you on the


#amnestymanc Human Rights Walk

8th October, 1.15 for 1.30pm.


Please tell your family and friends and encourage them to join us too!


Led by our member Steve Roman, the walk is fully accessible and will last about 2 hours.


Tickets available here or at the link below, where you can also read more about the walk.


Our next monthly online group meeting is on Monday October 10th at 7pm. The focus of the meeting is on how we can campaign more effectively. We will break into small groups to discuss ideas, and everybody’s contribution, including that of new members, will be welcome. Look out for a joining link nearer the time.


Reminder: Voluntary subscription/donation to the group.

If you have not paid your voluntary subscription/donation for 2022, you can pay into our account: Manchester Amnesty Group, sort code 050573, acct no: 68177527. We suggest £20 for those in receipt of wage/pension and £5, or whatever you can afford, otherwise.


On Saturday 15th October, 3-8pm, Old Abbey Tap House, M15 6SY

An afternoon/evening of music, poetry, DJs, stalls, dance and food, to highlight the Wikileaks Revolution/Julian Assange campaign. Please see this link for more information.

Save Julian Assange, Join The Wikileaks Revolution. Event in Manchester, UK (

There will be an Amnesty stall, organised by Lima Al-iskalachi.

Please email her if you are able to help her on the day


Good news

Equatorial Guinea - On 19 September 2022, state television announced the abolition of the death penalty. The last executions had taken place in 2014.

Cambodia - On 22 September 2022 the Special Chamber of the Tribunal upheld on appeal the life sentence of the former head of state under the Khmer Rouge regime, Khieu Samphan, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.

Tunisia - On 23 September 2022, the African Court of Human Rights determined that the decision taken in summer 2021 by President Kais Saeed to suspend several parts of the 2014 Constitution) violated the African Charter of Human Rights and ordered the Tunisian state to repeal that decision.

Japan / Myanmar - On 23 September 2022, the Ministry of Defence announced the suspension, from 1 January 2023, of training programs for the Myanmar armed forces, which took power in a coup d'état on 1 February 2021.


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 – Kathryn Fletcher,

Anti-racism – Hazel Errey,,

Refugees – Alison Wearden,

HR in UK – Matthew Sherwood,

Craftivism - Kathryn Fletcher

Other areas of work are led by:

Crisis and Tactical Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen Rebecca Shaw,

Europe/ Turkey, Fatih Segmen,

Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians Mike Reed

Individuals at Risk (quarterly letter writing) Anne Walker


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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