Dear Local Group member,
Welcome to your April monthly mailing. This month's mailing includes:
HAKAMADA - BREAKING GOOD NEWS
Yesterday we heard from Japan that Hakamada Iwao has been released!! As you know Hakamada, 78, was sentenced to death in 1968 after an unfair trial and is believed to be the longest-serving death row inmate in the world. AI has been working on his case since 2008. We believe the Prosecution might still be able to appeal against the decision to grant a retrial however, so we'll continue ahead with our planned action - targeting the prosecution not to lodge an appeal against the decision. Things are moving quickly as we try to clarify exactly what is happening - Please look out for the action on our w ebsite.
Central African Republic:protect civilians in Central African Republic (CAR)
This month we are asking you to take action to protect civilians in Central African Republic. This is really a key time to add pressure on United States to ensure protection of civilians in CAR. Hundreds of thousands of civilians need effective protection from the international community. Please use the sample letter and call on the United States, to take action. Download your monthly action here.
Local Groups Planning Pack 2014
This Pack covers information about campaigns and programmes of work that Amnesty UK Section will focus on this year. This is desig ned to help your local group decide on your priorities for the year taking account of Amnesty’s campaign priorities. Download your Planning Pack here.
Groups News - Spring 2014
Spring issue of Groups News covers range of great activities that Amnesty groups have organised from Campaigning on women’s rights in Afghanistan, Write for Writes campaigns and round up of Regional Conferences. Download your Spring Groups News here.
Scottish Independence referendum 2014< br />The referendum on Scotland’s independence will take place on 18 September 2014. Amnesty International has no position on whether people should vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But we do have a position on human rights being central to whichever path is chosen. For info on Amnesty’s four key themes, Download the rights referendum flyer & lobbying for human rights here.
Stop Torture campaign - dates for your diary! 13 May - Launch
The new Stop Torture campaign will launch on 13 May. This will be a global campaign, where Amnesty activists from across the world will be targeting the same countries, at the same time with the same demands. It will be a priority for AIUK. The launch wil l largely be a media moment and we will update you next month with ideas for how your group can take part.
26 June - Global Day of Action
On 26 June, the UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, there will be a Global Day of Action. This will focus on the key cases that will be at the heart of the campaign. Please put the date in your diary and start to think about how you might be able to mark the day!
Not going to the AGM? You are invited to join our London Marathon Cheering Team on Sunday 13th April. See the world famous London Marathon close-up and meet lots of other Amnesty activists, we even have 10 runners coming from AI Australia! If you'd like to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 9th April.
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