to our group website.  Hopefully you will find any information you want about our group, but more importantly it will inspire you to take action. The best way to keep in touch with us is via our email newsletter. This generally goes out once a month. This is changing in format as we develop the blog and  the newsletter will link to relevant actions or events, rather than being too detailed itself. The group meets every month except August at Moordown Community Centre. This is on the second Thursday, 7.30 to 9.00.  This is a sort of business/planning meeting with some letter writing. If there is a speaker or any particular change to the format it will be flagged up in the newsletter. We have a Facebook page – please go and like us! Its another excellent way of keeping in touch and joining in with actions and campaigns.

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is on Thursday 11th January 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; Tapestry exhibition; AIUK AGM resolutions
Azza is one of the featured human rights defenders in Write 4 Rights

Write for Rights

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our Write for Rights events – at Castlepoint and Moordown Community Centre. We sent about 80 cards to the various human rights defenders featured.
Write for Rights finishes at the end of January.  There is an update on this blog post, which gives details of how the campaign has impacted. There is also a link at the end of the post if you still want to send cards – whilst focussed on December it has no actual link with Christmas.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/campaigns/writing-rights-2017

Library Exhibition

During 2015, members of local Amnesty groups in the South (including us!) designed and embroidered  panels – each of which depicted one of the articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR).  These were then stitched together to create a large patchwork wall hanging, our Tapestry.

The aim was to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215 and to highlight the continuing importance of the protections afforded by the UNDHR. The Tapestry spent 6 months adjacent to the Magna Carta at Salisbury cathedral. Since then it has travelled to other venues around the south.

We are in the process of organising an exhibition at Bournemouth Library featuring the Tapestry. This will be during April, this year, and also feature 30 photographs from AIUK’s current “Refugees Welcome” campaign.

The photographs document some of the issues surrounding refugees over the past 70 years, from the mass upheaval and displacement of the post-war years to the present-day crisis in Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

Watch this space for more information about the exhibition – hit reply if you would like to get involved in any way.

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South America Newsletter January 2018

January 8, 2018

  SUMMARY In this month’s report, we have urgent actions on Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia. In Peru, the President granted a humanitarian pardon to an ex-president who was serving a lengthy prison sentence, including for human rights abuses. Health in Venezuela continues to be undermined by the government’s failure to order the purchase of antiretroviral […]

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Group Newsletter December 2017

December 10, 2017

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 14th December 2017, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda –  Write 4 Rights! This meeting is dedicated to the Write 4 Rights campaign – details below. Don’t forget seasonal nibbles and raffle prizes… Every year Amnesty International has encouraged and helped groups send greetings cards […]

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South America Newsletter December 2017

December 9, 2017

SUMMARY Lots to report this month, but first we give a warm welcome to a new member of our team: Joe Smith, our new Brazil Coordinator, who has produced the Brazil section of this newsletter.  You will be hearing from Joe himself shortly.  In this newsletter, we report among other things on the continuing deterioration […]

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Autumn Quiz 2017

November 26, 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported our Autumn Quiz on 24th November.  We raised over £300, over £100 of that from a raffle, which showed the generosity of those involved. Also thanks to Sally Hawksworth, seen in the picture as “Quizmistress”, David Rogers for setting the questions and Lucy Freeman for organising the raffle. Special […]

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Group Newsletter November 2017

November 6, 2017

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 9th November 2017, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda – Castlepoint, Write 4 Rights, Case File, Exhibition Bournemouth library. This is now organised for Friday November 24th, 7.30 for 8.00 prompt at the Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth BH8 8PX. For those unfamiliar, […]

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South America Newsletter November 2017

November 4, 2017

SUMMARY This month we have urgent actions for Brazil and Colombia and the sad news that the body of Santiago Maldonado has appeared in Argentina. You can still sign up to the Peru healthcare petition. The ongoing violations of human rights post the Peace Accord continue to be news in Colombia, while the new government […]

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South America Newsletter October 2017

October 8, 2017

SUMMARY In this month’s newsletter we have new urgent actions on Colombia and Chile, an updated one on Venezuela, and a new report on the Peruvian government’s failure to provide adequate healthcare to indigenous communities whose water sources are contaminated. We have good news from Colombia about the ceasefire between the ELN (National Liberation Army) […]

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South America Newsletter September 2017

September 6, 2017

SUMMARY Lots to report this month, but first we give a warm welcome to a new member of our team: Joe Smith, our new Brazil Coordinator, who has produced the Brazil section of this newsletter.  You will be hearing from Joe himself shortly.  In this newsletter, we report among other things on the continuing deterioration […]

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