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Urgent Action outcome: Musician released on probation

On 13 May 2019, 33-year-old musician Rami Sidky was released on probation after 374
days of pre-trial detention.

1st update on UA 27/19


Musician released on probation

Give A Home - Amnesty and Sofar Sounds - Faarrow

Morocco: jailing of rapper Gnawi for insulting officials is 'disgraceful'

Court sentences popular Moroccan musician to year in jail ‘The Moroccan authorities must quash his conviction’ - Heba Morayef Responding to news that a Moroccan court has today convicted the rapper Mohamed Mounir - widely known as Gnawi - for insulting public officials, sentencing him to a year in prison, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said: “This is a disgraceful verdict. “There can be no justification for imprisoning the Moroccan rapper Gnawi for a year simply because he exercised his right to freedom of expression. “The Moroccan authorities must

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Lebanon: cancellation of Mashrou' Leila concert condemned

Mashrou’ Leila are known for songs tackling issues such as homophobia, patriarchy and corruption in Arab societies © Myriam Boulos

Mashrou’ Leila played same songs at same venue three years ago Band subjected to mounting online hate campaign in recent weeks ‘This is the direct result of the government’s failure to take a strong stand against hatred and discrimination’ - Lynn Maalouf Responding to the forced cancellation of Mashrou’ Leila’s planned performance next week at Lebanon’s Byblos International Festival, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said: “This decision is a devastating blow for the right to freedom of expression in the country, and exposes the Lebanese authorities’

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Russia: 'homophobic' censoring of Elton John Rocketman film condemned

A screening of Rocketman in San Francisco yesterday © Getty Images

Moscow screens version with all gay references removed ‘This mutilated version of the film insults and dehumanises same-sex relationships’ - Natalia Zviagina Censorship of the Russian version of the Elton John Rocketman film is yet another example of Russia’s “gay propaganda law” undermining freedom of expression and encouraging homophobia in Russia, Amnesty International said today. The popular biopic is scheduled to open in Russian cinemas on 6 June, but the first pre-screening took place in Moscow yesterday evening. According to film critics, all scenes depicting kissing and sexual

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Glastonbury 'One Love' reggae festival will support Amnesty's human rights work

Performers at the 31 August-2 September event include Mighty Diamonds, Mad Professor, Jerry Dammers and Don Letts ‘Reggae has a long history of supporting human rights issues’ - Kerry Moscogiuri Amnesty International is supporting this year’s One Love reggae festival near Glastonbury at the end of August. The festival, which has grown into a major three-day reggae event, will see well-known Jamaican acts – including Cutty Ranks, Johnny Clarke, Johnny Osbourne, Mighty Diamonds and Mad Professor – playing alongside significant performers from the UK ska, reggae and dub scenes, including Jerry

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Celebration of Palestinian culture to mark 70 years of dispossession (RADA, London, 14-20 May)

The week of drama, music and politics comes against a backdrop of serious violence in Gaza

Week-long @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture events at RADA will highlight ‘cultural resistance’ Amnesty International UK is supporting a week-long London festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland later this month. Marking the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba”, or “Catastrophe”, when some 700,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their land in 1948, the @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture events will see performances of work by several leading Palestinian artists as well as talks

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Vic Godard covers collection issued for Amnesty International

The collection is the first to bring together cover versions of Vic Godard songs © Joe Mckechnie

‘We ended up with … a collection of songs that goes back to the very first Vic cover by Orange Juice, to the very latest from Blue Orchids’ - Joe Mckechnie A new collection of Vic Godard cover songs has been released, with proceeds going to Amnesty International UK. The digital download collection - Singing A Song In Prison: The Songs Of Vic Godard - is available on Bandcamp for £7 and features versions of 13 Subway Sect and Godard songs, including Orange Juice’s ‘Holiday Hymn’ and The Jesus And Mary Chain’s ‘Ambition’. Godard’s Subway Sect formed in 1976 and were a key part of the punk scene

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May 18 2020 5:08PM
Celebrating Chelmsford's Noughties Music!

It Came From The Noughties! We invite you to celebrate the Chelmsford music scene of the Noughties at a gig!

Ed Sheeran to play the largest global festival ever a living room

'Give a Home for Human Rights' gigs to show solidarity with more than 22 million refugees Sheeran will be among 1,000 musicians playing at Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds events globally on 20 September 2017 With just two months to go, Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have announced that Ed Sheeran ​is delighted to play in their global concert series Give a Home for Human Rights​. Taking place in cities all over the world on 20 September, Sheeran’s announcement comes just ahead of the next bulk of additional major artists to be announced in early August. Speaking about joining the

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