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…

This Newsletter contains a very urgent action  https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/chechen-man-faces-deportation-russia   and the shocking news that Eren Keskin has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. Please find more information and suggested actions below.

The trial against Elzbieta, Joanna and Anna should come to a verdict on 2 March. Please continue highlighting the case on social media and post messages of solidarity. We are also continuing to campaign for the right to protest in France, see updates.

Urgent appeal to all teachers and activists with connections to schools or Roma communities.  The deadline for settled status applications for EU migrants expires in June. Those who have not applied will loose access to public funds including medical care and face deportation to their countries of origin. Many Roma families have fled discrimination and racist persecution in their Central an d Eastern Europe and can not return. But language and literacy barriers as well as problems in supplying the right paperwork make the application very difficult for many. Please download the attached information provided by the Roma Support Group with detailed links on how to help with the application process and reach out to Roma families.

I am happy to share details about a great International Women’s day event introduced by Kate Allen focusing on Women Human Rights Defenders in Poland  on 8th March at 6pm   Please check  facebook.com/AmnestyUKEurope  for booking details.

We have some great news : We now have a country coordinator for Turkey again.  Welcome Chris Ramsey:-

I have been a member of AI for over 40 years and am currently Chair of the Truro and District Group in Cornwall. From 2009-2019 I was the

Regional Representative for the South West and really enjoyed my time working with hundreds of enthusiastic activists on AI campaigns and cases we were all committed to. I am looking forward to being part of the Europe team as the Turkey Country Coordinator and meeting (if only virtually!) as many as possible of you working on cases in this region.”

Solidarity with Eren Keskin

​Eren Keskin was convicted in the Ozgur Gundem trial in which she was being prosecuted for ‘membership of an armed terrorist organisation’ since December 2016. This is the first time Eren was found guilty of membership. She received a sentence of six years and three months in prison.

Following the verdict (which is subject to appeal and Eren is NOT detained pending the appeals process), she tweeted this:

‘I am in the human rights movement for 30 years now. I’ve been prosecuted many times, imprisoned for my thoughts. This is the 1st time I have been considered to be a ‘member of an armed terrorist organisation’, and convicted. 6 years 3 months. I won’t go anywhere. I am here.’

We are asking sections to send her messages of solidarity – focusing on the message “We stand with Eren Keskin – we are not going anywhere either”, in line with the quote we issued yesterday.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/02/turkey-we-are-not-going-anywhere-either-activists-pledge-solidarity-with-prominent-human-rights-defender/​

Please make messages of solidarity from activists public on social media tagging Eren (@KeskinEren1). Please use #ErenKeskininYanındayım (#IStandWithErenKeskin)​

In addition, section directors from around the world are particularly welcome to tweet a message of solidarity with Eren, tagging her in their messages and using the hashtag #ErenKeskininYanındayım

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

For any questions please contact Chris Ramsey at  chris.ramsey@amnesty.org.uk 

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Group Newsletter February 2021

February 28, 2021

Welcome to the latest newsletter. We have not planned a meeting for February. Unfortunately the option of meeting at Moordown Community Centre, as we did last February, isn’t available. Whilst we have had some success with Zoom, it seems to work best when we have a specific purpose – such as letter writing  or a […]

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South America Newsletter February 2021

February 6, 2021

This month we have news from Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Human Rights Watch has published its annual report and we include sections on Colombia and Brazil. We ask you to respond to Urgent Actions on Venezuela, for the release of 5 members of an NGO, and Brazil, where the hospitals in Manaus […]

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South America Newsletter January 2021

January 13, 2021

We hope you are doing well. This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. We have some good news to start 2021. Argentina legalised abortion. International pressure on the President and the Senators was crucial. Paraguayan authorities have opened an investigation into the attack on […]

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Group Newsletter January 2021

January 13, 2021

Welcome to the latest newsletter. We have not planned a meeting for January. Obviously we cannot currently meet at Moordown Community Centre. Whilst we have had some success with Zoom, it seems to work best when we have a specific purpose – such as letter writing (see Write 4 Rights below) or a speaker. But […]

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Europe Newsletter December 2020

January 4, 2021

This newsletter came from the Central and Eastern Europe A.I.U.K. coordinator Ulrike Schmidt, with a report on Belarus from Tess Linton.  But it also contains information on Western Europe – specifically France – from the Western Europe coordinator Anna Radzikowska:- “Dear Amnesty Activists and supporters Hard and uncertain times for all of us. Please stay […]

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Group Newsletter December 2020

December 5, 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter. We are not having a meeting, as such, this month but more of a social gathering online to celebrate Write 4 Rights. This will be Thursday 10th December (world human rights day) at 8pm  Details below. Write for Rights Every year in December Amnesty International has encouraged and helped groups send greetings […]

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South America Newsletter December 2020

December 2, 2020

This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia and on the rising prevalence of police abuse in the region. We ask you to participate in Amnesty’s social media campaign to support the legalisation of abortion in Argentina; to sign a petition to protect Colombian Human Rights Defenders; and […]

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Group Newsletter November 2020

November 9, 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 8th October 8.00pm – on ZOOM.  Obviously our plans to return to Moordown Community Centre are even further away. . Do join us if you can. There will be campaign updates and a discussion on future plans. In particular is there is anything we can do re Write […]

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South America Newsletter November 2020

November 8, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Carla Torres to our team as Country Coordinator for Argentina and Chile. This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. We have new Amnesty reports on human rights defenders in Colombia and police violence in Chile, an update on illegal […]

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