Welcome to the latest newsletter from your local Amnesty International group.
This is relatively brief as we’ve yet to receive new updates from the Europe and South America teams (one consequence of changing to the first Thursday of the month!). But we meet a week today on
Thursday 4th November 2021 7.30pm at Moordown Community Centre
Its very nice to be back at Moordown. One event that we will be discussing on Thursday is:…

Write for Rights 2021

We are delighted to announce that Bournemouth library have welcomed us back to hold Write for Rights (W4R) in their foyer.. We are booked for
Saturday 11th December 2021
W4R is Amnesty International’s annual campaign, sending greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and other human rights defenders around the world.  In 2019, more than 6.5 million messages of support and appeal letters were sent during the W4R campaign. They made a big difference to the people and communities confronting injustice and facing human rights violations.
We have tried numerous venues around Bournemouth over past 20 years, most outside and invariably cold or wet, sometimes both. Our W4R in Bournemouth library in 2019 was by far our most successful. So after last years enforced break it will be great to be back. We’ve yet to finalise the times, but the more help we have the longer we can stay. Please let us know if you would like to help.

Stop the Rights Raid

There are several Bills currently progressing through the UK Parliament which could see devastating damage to fundamental human rights protections if passed in their current forms. These proposed changes would increase the marginalisation of some of the most discriminated against in our society, and also threaten the UK’s international reputation as an upholder of international human rights principles.
Amnesty International are deeply concerned about the UK Government’s intention to ‘update’ the flagship UK human rights protection – the Human Rights Act – following the review launched in December 2020. The new Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, has already vowed to end the “nonsense” of the Human Rights Act, The Act enshrines our freedoms into UK law, is binding on public bodies and means people can go to UK courts to have their rights upheld. It is our strong view that it must remain untouched.
There is a detailed briefing from AIUK on our website. There is also a proforma latter so you can write to your MP.
https://amnestyat50.co.uk/stop-the-rights-raid
Currently there is a petition you can add your name to on the AIUK site relating to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/uk-government-stop-assault-our-freedoms

Below is a briefing from AIUK on current legislation going through Parliament that will impact on our rights. Currently there is an online petition relating to the  Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. Do write to your MP if you have time. There is a proform letter to MP – relating to all legislation – you can download and adapt. The briefing document it refers to can be downloaded here..

 

Your human rights are your personal freedoms. You can’t see or touch them, but they should always have your back. Think of them as your invisible armour. If you don’t find yourself thinking about your rights much, that’s a good sign that they’re there for you and doing what they should be: making you feel safe, accepted and free to enjoy your life with dignity and without fear. But what if someone quietly took your armour away, bit by bit, and you didn’t realise until it was too late? How would you protect yourself?  

 

That’s what’s happening right now, right under our noses – and the UK government doesn’t want you to know about it. As we speak, they are trying to introduce new laws and make changes to existing ones that will result in less freedom for ordinary people, more power for people in authority, and even greater inequality in our society. These changes will also make it harder for you to stand up for yourself if your human rights are being abused. And on top of that, in many cases it will be society’s most vulnerable people who are the worst hit by the changes. Our freedoms are under attack from all angles: this is a raid on our rights.  

 

If you’re still not sure what all this means in practice, you’re not alone. That’s exactly what people in power want, as a lack of public understanding makes it easier for them to sneak through changes that will negatively affect people’s lives without them realising (until it’s too late). We’re here to shout about the changes and make sure as many people as possible are aware of them, as we need your help to fight them.  

 

Here are some examples of what’s at risk in the UK Government’s rights raid. 
 
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill   
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South America Newsletter October 2021

October 6, 2021

This month we bring you updates on human rights issues in Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina. Actions in relation to the second anniversary of the “Estallido Social” in Chile. The prison situation in Ecuador and the violent riot that occurred. The pressure of the IACHR over Bolivia to know the […]

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Group Newsletter October 2021

October 2, 2021

First a reminder that our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th October 2021, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre (MCC). This will be our first face to face meeting for 18 months. The agenda will be updates on campaigns, letter writing and planning. We are guests of MCC, who have only just reopened. Both MCC and the […]

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Europe Newsletter September 2021

October 1, 2021

We have 2 very urgent Actions on Poland : one about the suffering of refugees trapped at the border of Poland and Belarus. Please sign and circulate the online petition https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/protect-afghans-stranded-polish-border?fbclid=IwAR0K6hedXLdi1EKceHBYFBrW32yCpuiDQjD_f1EQheny-5Q-ZGjjC-EDTVs and write personal emails and letters as well. The Urgent Action can be downloaded here. (includes model letter) The other Urgent Action is about […]

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Group Newsletter September 2021

September 10, 2021

Welcome to the latest newsletter. We are delighted to announce that our next meeting will be Thursday 7th October 2021, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. We last met there in March 2020, little knowing we would have such a long break. We have had a mix of Zoom meetings and a speaker since. But as we’ve unable […]

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We Return to Moordown Community Centre!

September 8, 2021

We are delighted to announce a return to Moordown Community Centre (MCC) on Thursday October 7th 2021,  7.30pm. We last met there in March 2020, little knowing we would have such a long break.  So do join us for this relaunch.  The agenda will be updates on campaigns, some letter writing and planning for the […]

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South America Newsletter September 2021

September 4, 2021

This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.  There is a new Urgent Action on behalf of a Colombian journalist under threat.  In Venezuela, attacks continue against Human Rights Defenders.  In Brazil, mass killings of black residents continue in Rio de Janeiro and there is concern about […]

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Europe Newsletter August 2021

August 23, 2021

Dear Amnesty Activists and supporters. The fear, terror and despair of Afghan women men and children trying to flee the Taliban regime has brought the plight of refugees back into our view and conscience. War, oppression and persecution are forcing people to flee and find a place of safety. Those braving to cross the Mediterranean […]

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South America Newsletter August 2021

August 4, 2021

This month we bring you news from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. There is good news from Venezuela, Brazil and Chile and Gustavo Gatica. We have a new Amnesty report on the National Strike in Colombia and another from Human Rights Watch on abortion rights in Ecuador. We look at the secret […]

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