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…

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 announce we have booked Ulrike Schmidt for a talk on a topic that is too often overlooked, 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 international campaigns.

Ulrike will draw examples mainly from Poland, Hungary and Italy. She will report on the harassment of Polish judges who are still standing up for human and civil rights, often in defiance of the government, as well as the rolling back of women’s and LGBTI rights.

Ulrike will describe similar threats to the independence of the judiciary in Hungary and the criminalisation of human rights defenders in countries such as Hungary and Italy. Finally, she will discuss discrimination, demonisation and persecution of Roma people in several countries, particularly Italy under Salvini.

Saturday September 21st  at  Branksome Liberal Club, 1 Salisbury Road, Poole   BH14 0DP

This is a free talk followed by a simple buffet lunch (suggested donation: £3). Doors open 12 for 12.30 start.
This is the first speaker we’ve had for some time. Please help us organise by booking your ticket asap – and letting us know if you will be staying on for lunch.

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South America Newsletter August 2019

August 9, 2019

This month, amongst other issues, we report on continuing concerns regarding the rights of indigenous peoples in Paraguay, Ecuador and Brazil. The killings of human rights defenders and community leaders and women’s rights   in Colombia, threats to a journalist and prison violence in   Brazil are also included.  There is an urgent action relating to Paraguay […]

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Bourne Free 2019

July 20, 2019

Justice for Marielle This #PrideMonth we want justice for Marielle Franco – an amazing LGBTI campaigner who was tragically murdered for her activism last year. Demand a full investigation from Brazil's President Jair Messias Bolsonaro here: Posted by Amnesty International UK on Friday, July 5, 2019   We had another successful Bourne Free in […]

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Group Newsletter July 2019

July 12, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 11th July, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. We don’t meet in August so the agenda will focus on the forthcoming events – BourneFree, Speaker, Quiz Night, Schools conference. Plus some letter writing. For the 5th year running we will be holding a stall, and taking part in […]

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AmnesTea June 2019

July 7, 2019

We held our third AmnesTea in our secretary Lucy Freeman’s garden at the end of June. The weather again stayed fair and, as requested, everyone overindulged in cake and hot beverages. This year we also had a second hand book stall which proved quite popular – most participants left with as many books as they’d […]

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South America Newsletter July 2019

July 3, 2019

This month we report on the continued undermining of human rights and threats to the environment posed by the Brazilian government and updates on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. While aggressions and killings of human rights defenders in Colombia continue to mount, British MPs ask questions during President Duque’s visits the UK. There’s good news […]

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Group Newsletter June 2019

June 10, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 13th June 2019, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; letter writing, planning events.  We haven’t had a meeting since the last newsletter; this is mainly a reminder of upcoming events and asking for your support… We are planning our third AmnesTea. […]

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South America Newsletter June 2019

June 9, 2019

As the crisis in Venezuela continues, Amnesty has issued two new reports, an Urgent Action and two petitions on that country. We report on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Colombia and Brazil, but there’s good news from Peru. We’re asking you to sign petitions on Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. VENEZUELA Amnesty issued […]

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Group Newsletter May 2019

May 17, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. For a variety of reasons this newsletter is between meetings. Our next meeting  is on Thursday 13th June 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. In this newsletter we wanted to highlight some of our upcoming events to ensure as many of you as possible can get involved (don’t worry, you’ve missed the street collection!) South […]

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