We co-hosted and helped organise an Iftar at Ensbury Park Community Centre on 5th April. The driving force behind it was Sister Tama, Islamic Faith Adviser at Bournemouth University. It was also supported by Grounded Community, BCP Council and BCP Shout-Out.

It was third time lucky! We originally planned an event for the 21st March at the Garden Rooms café. When this wasn’t able to go ahead we had an enthusiastic response from the Sister Tama, to the attend an Iftar she was organising at the University. This was set up for the 22nd, but then vetoed by the University, because “of the current political situation“!!

There were over 60 guests for the meal. We had a small stall and discussed some of the current campaigns we are working on. Special thanks to Mark Stimson, group member and Activism Rep, for his perseverance to make this event happen.

Interest in our campaigns, letters being signed

Mark Stimson welcomes everyone to the Iftar

Mayu Rousant gives a poetry reading

This month we bring you news from Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela,  Argentina and Bolivia. Highlights are:

  • Colombia – A petition demanding that the Colombian authorities protect human rights defenders.
  • Brazil – 2 politicians and an ex-police chief have been arrested over the murder of Marielle Franco
  • Venezuela – Presidential Elections have been brought forward to 28 July, with leading opposition leaders barred from standing.
  • Argentina – An Urgent Action calling for charges to be dropped in a prosecution centred on social media comments about a public figure.
  • Bolivia – A new report on the human rights situation in the country has just been published.


Deimar Usaga found killed  16.1.2019 – Peace Community of San José de Apartadó.

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó remembered the killings of seven of their members in recent years, including the boy Deimar Usaga, who was found with a bullet wound to his head opposite the Army barracks in 2019. None of the killings have resulted in prosecutions. 19 March 2024 30 year-old Nalleli Sepulveda and 14 year-old Edinson David were the latest Peace Community members to be killed. The perpetrators of the killings are believed to be Gaitanistas paramilitaries, whose presence is tolerated by the Army and the State.

Amnesty International has written to President Petro demanding that the State protect the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó and end impunity for those who have perpetrated human rights violations against members of the Community. Please sign Amnesty’s petition demanding that the Colombian authorities protect human rights defenders.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) has published an excellent analysis of the risk the ‘Gaitanistas’ (Gaitanista Self-Defence Force) pose to the ‘Total Peace’ plan of the Colombian government. The ICG warns that failure to bring the heavily armed and well-organised Gaitanistas to the negotiating table will both undermine negotiations with the ELN (National Liberation Army) and two dissident FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) groups as wells as enabling the Gaitanistas to take over the territory and businesses run by their rivals, the ELN and FARC dissidents.

The UK’s UN Ambassador has urged the Colombian Government to take further steps to protect vulnerable groups including indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities most affected by conflict. ´Through the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund which has provided £79 million in support of peace agreement implementation, security, and stability in Colombia since 2015, we will continue to monitor the human rights situation in Colombia and prioritise funding interventions to help protect indigenous communities, including through the UN Human Rights Office in Colombia.’ [click to continue…]

Europe Newsletter March 2024

March 21, 2024

First some good news : Our Europe team has four country coordinators again : Lucja Jastrzebska has joined us and she will be taking over the work on Central Europe, while Ulrike will focus on the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. Welcome Lucja! She will cover the Baltic republics, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. […]

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South America Newsletter March 2024

March 4, 2024

This month we bring you news from Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Highlights are: Venezuela  – An Urgent Action calling on the government to release human rights defender Rocio San Miguel. Venezuela – Another Urgent Action calling on the authorities to stop withholding medical care from detainees. Venezuela/Argentina – Amnesty International’s submission with the […]

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Group Newsletter February 2024

February 23, 2024

Our next meeting  is on Thursday 7th March 2024, 7.30pm – 9.00pm at Moordown Community Centre. We will catch up on campaigns, letter writing, and discuss new ideas about campaigning. We will also plan our involvement in next months Iftar, as explained below… Iftar in Bournemouth In conjunction with Feed our Community we will be hosting an Iftar […]

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South America Newsletter February 2024

February 5, 2024

This month we bring you news that: Colombia – The Colombian NGO Indepaz found that 187 social leaders and human rights defenders were killed in 2023, about the same number as in 2022 and 2021. There is still time to sign Amnesty International’s petition demanding that the Colombian Government improves its protection of human rights […]

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Europe Newsletter January 2024

February 3, 2024

The latest update from the AIUK Europe Country Coordinators Team; we wish you a happy 2024 and lots of energy: we will need it. There is a lot to do. On 14th December Amnesty International released the report into the causes of the shipwreck at Pylos, where hundreds of people died. It makes very disturbing […]

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South America Newsletter January 2024

January 8, 2024

This month we bring you news that: Regional – there is a new report by several NGOs on how armed criminal gangs have expanded their presence in the Amazon, threatening indigenous inhabitants. Peru – Amnesty has a petition calling for the perpetrators of the killings during last year’s protests to be prosecuted. Colombia – Amnesty […]

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Write for Rights Events 2023

December 15, 2023

Thanks to everyone who supported us for two events at Bournemouth Library and, for the first time, at The Social Canteen in Boscombe. One of our group also got her church involved – the Parish of Four Saints. Many thanks to the library staff for their help in facilitating the events, ensuring everything was in […]

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Write for Rights 2023

December 5, 2023

Write for Rights (W4R) is Amnesty International’s annual campaign, sending greetings cards to prisoners of conscience, their families and other human rights defenders around the world. In 2022, more than 5 million messages of support and appeal letters were sent during the W4R campaign. They made a big difference to the people and communities confronting […]

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