marielle francoMarielle Franco was born and raised in a favela in Rio, Brazil. An elected councillor, she worked tirelessly to promote the rights of black women, LGBTI and young people.

Marielle inspired many people. She refused to stay silent about police killings and continued to speak out against injustice right up until hours before her brutal killing in March 2018. A car pulled up beside hers, and Marielle was shot four times in the head. Her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes was also killed.

People who defend human rights in Brazil, like Marielle, are often attacked or threatened. The authorities do not respond adequately – and most of these crimes go completely unpunished. Two ex military policemen are currently under arrest; unfortunately that can often lead to no further action. We need to maintain the spotlight on her case.

Marielle dedicated her life to speaking out for LGBTI, black and women’s rights in Brazil. She paid the ultimate price for defending human rights.

Demand a full, independent investigation into her murder by signing the AIUK petition to the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro. Click on the link below…

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is on Thursday 10th October 2019, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda –  Quiz night, letter writing, planning schools conference and Write 4 Rights
This is now organised for Friday November 15th, 7.30 for 8.00 prompt at the Branksome Liberal Club, 1 Salisbury Road, Upper Parkstone, BH14 0DP
For those unfamiliar, our quizzes are informal but competitive!  We have a new venue, The Branksome Liberal Club, which successfully hosted our speaker event (see below). Please help planning by reserving your tickets via Eventbrite. As ever you pay on the night, but we need to ensure we don’t exceed the room limit.
Teams of up to 7, entrance £5 a person. If you aren’t in a team they can be adjusted/formed on the night to ensure no one’s on their own- but last years quiz was won by the smallest team (in numbers not height!).
Agatha Vitoria Sales Felix killed on 20th September 2019

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South America Newsletter October 2019

October 2, 2019

We have good news this month from Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina. We report on the creation of a UN fact-finding commission on human rights in Venezuela, continued forced displacements, confinement of communities and death threats to journalists and others in Colombia, Amnesty’s response to the Brazilian President’s speech at the UN, the organisations human rights […]

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Shrinking Spaces for Human Rights in Europe

September 24, 2019

Ulrike Schmidt gave us an excellent talk on human rights infringements in Europe. Ulrike is the Amnesty county coordinator for Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Ulrike is a teacher and a human rights activist based in London. Originally from Germany, she has worked with Amnesty International for many years on various local and […]

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South America Newsletter September 2019

September 4, 2019

This month, we report on continuing extreme violence in Colombia, including murders, against Indigenous people and Human Rights Defenders as the peace agreement shows further signs of unravelling.  In Brazil, the wildfires in the Amazon illustrate the risks from the Bolsonaro government’s weakening of environmental protections and Indigenous peoples’ territorial rights, while there is also […]

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Group Newsletter August 2019

August 31, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 12th September 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  planning for speaker (see below) and general campaign updates. Any queries arising from this newsletter – please email:- admin at amnestyat50 dot co dot uk Shrinking Spaces for Human Rights in Europe We are delighted to […]

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South America Newsletter August 2019

August 9, 2019

This month, amongst other issues, we report on continuing concerns regarding the rights of indigenous peoples in Paraguay, Ecuador and Brazil. The killings of human rights defenders and community leaders and women’s rights   in Colombia, threats to a journalist and prison violence in   Brazil are also included.  There is an urgent action relating to Paraguay […]

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Bourne Free 2019

July 20, 2019

Justice for Marielle This #PrideMonth we want justice for Marielle Franco – an amazing LGBTI campaigner who was tragically murdered for her activism last year. Demand a full investigation from Brazil's President Jair Messias Bolsonaro here: Posted by Amnesty International UK on Friday, July 5, 2019   We had another successful Bourne Free in […]

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Group Newsletter July 2019

July 12, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 11th July, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. We don’t meet in August so the agenda will focus on the forthcoming events – BourneFree, Speaker, Quiz Night, Schools conference. Plus some letter writing. For the 5th year running we will be holding a stall, and taking part in […]

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AmnesTea June 2019

July 7, 2019

We held our third AmnesTea in our secretary Lucy Freeman’s garden at the end of June. The weather again stayed fair and, as requested, everyone overindulged in cake and hot beverages. This year we also had a second hand book stall which proved quite popular – most participants left with as many books as they’d […]

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