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…

Since sending out the newsletter, (see below), that features the murder of Marielle Franco, almost two years ago, there have been two developments.  Amnesty Brazil have released a video from Marielles family thanks everyone for their support in the campaign to get justice for Marielle. In the video above you hear from Antônio and Marinete (her parents), Anielle (sister), Luyara (daughter) and Mônica (partner).  More than 30.000 thousand letters of support from around the world have been delivered to the family of Marielle Franco; she featured in Write 4 Rights 2018 and many groups and individuals have continued to campaign.

Less good news is that Adriano da Nóbrega – a notorious hitman, whose gang of contract killers is suspected of involvement in Marielle’s assassination – has been gunned down by police in the north-east of the country. Read more about this in the Guardian:-

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/09/hitman-with-links-to-marielle-francos-killed-by-police

Group Newsletter February 2020

February 12, 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 13th February, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda – letter writing,  planning future events Marielle Franco. Our case file is on the murder of Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes. Marielle was born and raised in a favela in Rio, Brazil. An elected councillor, […]

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South America Newsletter February 2020

February 6, 2020

Lots to report again this month.  Communities remain under threat in Colombia, press and artistic freedom is being challenged in Brazil, concerns remain about repression of protestors in Chile, there were renewed attacks on the opposition in Venezuela, there is concern for the protection of vulnerable Venezuelans in Peru (the subject of a new Amnesty […]

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Group Newsletter January 2020

January 8, 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter. Happy new year to you all. The next meeting  is on Thursday 9th January 2020, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda – planning for year ahead, letter writing Write 4 Rights 2019 We held a fantastic ‪Write for Rights event at Bournemouth Library We got over 100 cards signed by passing […]

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South America Newsletter January 2020

January 5, 2020

This month we have good news from Colombia and Brazil. However, we report on the victims of the ongoing conflict in Colombia, and the staggering violence in Brazil’s Amazon as well as police killings across that country. We focus on the challenge to Colombia and Brazil on the arrival of large numbers of refugees from […]

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Write 4 Rights 2019

December 22, 2019

We held a fantastic ‪Write for Rights event at Bournemouth Library We got over 100 cards signed by passing members of the public; its Amnesty International UK annual campaign, sending greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and other human rights defenders around the world. Thanks to Jessica, Val, Michael and all the other staff at […]

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Group Newsletter December 2019

December 10, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You may like to bring this to people’s attention as you go about your day tomorrow… The next meeting  is on Thursday 12th December, 7.30pm  at […]

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South America Newsletter December 2019

December 6, 2019

Another eventful month, with calls from Amnesty and others for a response to the human rights violations committed during the anti-government protests in Colombia, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador.  In addition, Amnesty has issued a major report on illegal cattle ranching in the Brazilian Amazon.  There are three new Urgent Actions, two on Colombia and one […]

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Autumn Quiz 2019

November 24, 2019

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 […]

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