About this group
Amnesty International Sutton Coldfield and District Local Group is a forum for local Amnesty activists in Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding area to meet and work together to support human rights.
We meet once a month to discuss human rights issues, write letters in support of Amnesty International campaigns, and organise awareness-raising, campaigning and fundraising events.
We meet at 8pm on the second Tuesday of every month (except August) in the Conference Centre, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 69 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2NU.
New members are always given a warm welcome.
Prisoners of Conscience
We are currently campaigning on behalf of Prisoner of Conscience Mehman Huseynov, a photo journalist and human rights defender from Azerbaijan who faces up to five years in prison on charges of 'hooliganism' despite eyewitness reports, which seem to be confirmed by video footage, contradicting police claims that he acted violently.
Amnesty believes the charge against Mehman Huseynov was fabricated to punish him for using the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Azerbaijan in May 2012, to highlight human rights concerns to international media. Amnesty is concerned that, given the Azerbaijani authorities' continued persecution of human rights defenders, it is extremely likely that he will be convicted following an unfair trial.
We are calling for the charges against Mehman Huseynov to be dropped immediately and unconditionally. We are also calling for Mehman Huseynov to be able to carry out his work as a human rights defender without fear of reprisals and for an end to the politically motivated trials of human rights defenders and activists.
In March this year, we welcomed the news that our adopted Turkmen Prisoners of Conscience, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev, had been released. In January 2012, we celebrated the release of Burmese Prisoner of Conscience Myo Min Zaw, on whose behalf we had been campaigning since 2007.