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Weekly Actions and News 20/10/2023

Manchester Amnesty Weekly Action and News


Please do these actions and make a difference


Action One

Read the Manchester Amnesty statement on the situation in Israel-Palestine here

Then click the link below to sign a petition calling on the government to remain neutral in the Israel-Palestine conflict and to withdraw support for Israel.




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

St Peters Square, Manchester, Friday 20 October, 5pm to 6pm

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


Please wear black and please do not bring your own 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



Action Two

Julian Assange is in Belmarsh Prison awaiting a final appeal in the UK courts against an extradition order which has been hanging over him for over a year. If he loses the appeal, he will be vulnerable to immediate extradition to the USA where, according to Amnesty, his rights and safety cannot be guaranteed. The court case is likely to be announced at very short notice.


Join our 'Freedom of Expression with Assange' art project, a collage showcasing support for freedom of expression tied to Julian Assange's case. We're crafting a symbolic seascape featuring Assange's profile, a lighthouse of truth, and a democracy boat, amplifying our quest for justice.

On the day that we hear of the court date, we'll unveil our collage at a vigil in Manchester City Centre.


The second action this week is to email us an image representing freedom of speech and human rights. Not sure what to send? Your submission can be an image, a drawing, a quote from a poem, lyrics from a song, or even a powerful phrase from a book – anything that resonates with your view of freedom and rights. Every contribution matters. To help you envision the final collage, see the image at the top of this post. Email your expression today to Lima Al-Iskalachi at, who will also be able to give you more information about the project.


Please note that the craft stall which had been due to take place at the

People’s History Museum on 25th October has been cancelled.


An invitation from the Colwyn Bay Amnesty group.

On Thursday 26th October, Nabila Hanson the China country coordinator, and Paul, the new Hong Kong CC will give a talk on human rights in China and migrant workers’ rights in HK, and at the speakers’ request anyone would be very welcome to attend.

The meeting is in St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Brackley Avenue, Colwyn Bay LL29 7UU starting at 6.45pm, for 1-2 hours. Refreshments provided!

It would be great to see you there, to listen and to question the speakers.


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


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


Council of Europe / Turkey - On 9 October 2023, Osman Kavala, a Turkish prisoner of conscience sentenced to life imprisonment, was awarded the Vaclav Havel Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, one of the most important international awards for human rights defenders.

United Nations / Sudan - On 11 October 2023, the UN Human Rights Council approved by a majority a resolution establishing an independent international fact-finding mission on Sudan, tasked with investigating human rights violations, collecting and preserving evidence of such violations and identifying those responsible.


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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