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…

Thanks to everyone who turned out for latest Amnesty Quiz at the Branksome Liberal Club in Parkstone. 6 teams battled it out and we raised £220. With overseas postage now starting at £1.35 this is a great boost to our funds. And much more fun than doing a street collection!

Thanks to David Rogers for setting the questions and Lucy Freeman for running the raffle. Many thanks to the Liberal Club for providing us with an excellent function room (for free). We will use this venue again as it has capacity to hold double the numbers we had – and has a cheap, easily accessible bar!

If you missed out, below a few questions to have a go at. Answers in the next newsletter.

In 1696 the government of the day imposed a window tax, which led to people bricking up windows to reduce their tax burden. What famous two word saying originated from this tax?

In what decade was the MOT introduced?

Who came to prominence with the hit song Budapest?

Which common pet has the Latin name carassius auratus?

What is the 4th most popular surname in the UK – also name of an occupation (although different spelling)?

Which bank note will Alan Turing be appearing on in 2021?


South West Schools Human Rights Conference

November 14, 2019

Over the past decade Amnesty International UK has developed a national programme of Amnesty Speakers who play a key role in delivering human rights workshops, lessons and assemblies in schools across the UK. The South West Speaker Coordinator, and also a member of our group, Tom Wilson organised the first ever UK Schools Human Rights […]

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Group Newsletter November 2019

November 6, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 14th November 2019, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda –  Quiz night, letter writing, Write 4 Rights events and other planning. This is a slightly earlier and shorter newsletter, as the day after our next meeting we have a…. This is organised for Friday November 15th, […]

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South America Newsletter November 2019

November 6, 2019

There has been much happening in South America this month, hence a slightly longer than usual newsletter. There is good news regarding international support for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, however, there are troubling reports of human rights abuses in Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia in response to protests. Court action to secure LGBTI rights in Paraguay […]

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Group Newsletter October 2019

October 7, 2019

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 […]

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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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