Tree Planting in Vintry Gardens 21st May at 2pm.

Back in 1976 Mukhtar Rana, a former Prisoner of Conscience in Pakistan, planted a Golden Ash tree in the Vintry Gardens.  Mukhtar, a lawyer, had been jailed and tortured for speaking up for the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 , before Amnesty International secured his release.

Now, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the St. Albans Amnesty Group is holding a ceremony in the Abbey Vineyard on 21 May at 2.00. pm. The public is warmly invited to attend.

An evergreen Strawberry Tree donated by the council will be planted to replace the original ‘Justice Ash’ and to keep alive and cherish the spirit of standing up against injustice as Mukhtar did.

Mukhtar Rana has passed away. But as the new tree grows so the need to fight oppression will continue, helped by organisations such as Amnesty International.

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