to our group website.  Hopefully you will find any information you want about our group, but more importantly it will inspire you to take action. The best way to keep in touch with us is via our email newsletter. This generally goes out once a month. This is changing in format as we develop the blog and  the newsletter will link to relevant actions or events, rather than being too detailed itself. The group meets every month except August at Moordown Community Centre. This is on the second Thursday, 7.30 to 9.00.  This is a sort of business/planning meeting with some letter writing. If there is a speaker or any particular change to the format it will be flagged up in the newsletter. We have a Facebook page – please go and like us! Its another excellent way of keeping in touch and joining in with actions and campaigns.


The latest newsletter from the South America Team:-


We have good news from Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. However, the security situation in Rio de Janeiro continues to deteriorate, while the number of Human Rights Defenders killed in Colombia in 2017 has risen by 32% and other victims of the ongoing conflict in Colombia continue to accumulate as well. Please continue to write in response to recent Urgent Actions on Brazil and Colombia. The film Women of the Venezuelan Chaos will be showing in London March 13 and 15. We hope to see you there.


At least 14 people were shot dead and another nine were injured at a party in the city of Fortaleza, Ceará State, on 27 January. Media reports that were confirmed by the Secretary of Public Security state that this event is the biggest mass killing in the history of Ceará state, though the total number of victims could be higher, according to people living in the area. Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action on 31 January, calling on the authorities to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation into the killings. You can find it here.

President Michel Temer on 16 February signed a decree which put the military in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro amid a continued deterioration in security. Although the army has operated there during the last year, as well as during the Olympics and World Cup, this will put them in charge of the city’s police force — the first time Brazil has taken such a decision since the end of the military dictatorship. The director of Amnesty International Brazil stated that the actions of the army in the Rio de Janeiro have already aggravated human rights violations. For the Huffington Post’s account, click here.

An investigation revealed that more than one in ten of Brazil’s high-ranking politicians received campaign donations from companies linked to modern-day slavery. President Temer was amongst the 51 politicians. Brazilian law stipulates that four conditions are used to categorise ‘slave-like labour’, and include being forced to work and degrading conditions that put workers’ health or dignity at risk. To read The Guardian’s account, click here.

Good news. The Supreme Court issued a ruling that pregnant women, mothers of children up to 12 years of age and of people with disabilities, accused of non-violent crimes, should not be held in pre-trial detention. Instead, they should await trial under house arrest. Although a positive step, Human Rights Watch reported that the ruling highlights the country’s overuse of pre-trial detention, in violation of human rights law. Their assessment can be found here[click to continue…]

Group Newsletter March 2018

February 24, 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter. Its earlier than usual, and a bit more slimline, to focus on three events you may be interested in:- 1) The next meeting  is on Thursday 8th March 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. Its our AGM (don’t let that put you off!) and we’ll also be discussing the national AGM resolutions. 2) Photography exhibition, […]

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Group Newsletter February 2018

February 6, 2018

  Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 8th February 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; Tapestry exhibition; AIUK AGM resolutions (if available) Library Photography Exhibition We are delighted to announce that the Mayor, Councillor Lawrence Williams, and Mayoress of Bournemouth will be opening our exhibition at […]

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South America Newsletter February 2018

February 6, 2018

SUMMARY This month, we highlight concern over the worsening situation in parts of Colombia where rival armed groups are fighting for control, leading to the displacement of thousands of civilians.  There is a new Urgent Action on Brazil, following the killing of 14 people at a party, and a report of a disturbing increase in […]

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Group Newsletter January 2018

January 9, 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 11th January 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; Tapestry exhibition; AIUK AGM resolutions Azza is one of the featured human rights defenders in Write 4 Rights Write for Rights Thanks to everyone who turned out for our Write for Rights […]

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South America Newsletter January 2018

January 8, 2018

  SUMMARY In this month’s report, we have urgent actions on Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia. In Peru, the President granted a humanitarian pardon to an ex-president who was serving a lengthy prison sentence, including for human rights abuses. Health in Venezuela continues to be undermined by the government’s failure to order the purchase of antiretroviral […]

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Group Newsletter December 2017

December 10, 2017

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 14th December 2017, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda –  Write 4 Rights! This meeting is dedicated to the Write 4 Rights campaign – details below. Don’t forget seasonal nibbles and raffle prizes… Every year Amnesty International has encouraged and helped groups send greetings cards […]

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South America Newsletter December 2017

December 9, 2017

SUMMARY Lots to report this month, but first we give a warm welcome to a new member of our team: Joe Smith, our new Brazil Coordinator, who has produced the Brazil section of this newsletter.  You will be hearing from Joe himself shortly.  In this newsletter, we report among other things on the continuing deterioration […]

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Autumn Quiz 2017

November 26, 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported our Autumn Quiz on 24th November.  We raised over £300, over £100 of that from a raffle, which showed the generosity of those involved. Also thanks to Sally Hawksworth, seen in the picture as “Quizmistress”, David Rogers for setting the questions and Lucy Freeman for organising the raffle. Special […]

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