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 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 the parade, at BourneFree. Its this Saturday 13th July. This is Bournemouth’s LGBTI Pride event and the stalls are in Bournemouth Gardens. In many countries the LGBTI community are persecuted and, sadly, there are always cases we can feature. Unlike some events we do, its relatively easy to get cards signed and have conversations about Amnesty International and the work we do.
You can read more about last years event here
We are still desperate for more people to help run the stall or take part in the parade.  We have to cover from 8am till 5pm, so any help – even just an hour – will be very welcome. Please reply to this newsletter if you would like to help in any way.

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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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South America Newsletter May 2019

May 15, 2019

In this month’s newsletter, we report on a disturbing regional development as five governments seek to limit the scope of action of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.  There are updates on the situation in Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia, where human rights remain under serious threat, as well as details of a new campaign to defend […]

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Wareham Street Collection 2019

April 28, 2019

Thanks to those who turned out yesterday, and again thanks to the kind folk of Wareham. Despite a cold wind and what seemed a quieter town, we still collected over £90.  Not a huge amount – with the cheapest overseas postage now starting at £1.35 – but with just 4 collectors in 2 hours, not […]

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Group Newsletter April 2019

April 13, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 11th April, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; planning; letter writing and discuss AIUK AGM resolutions (if available) Saudi Arabia: Release Women’s Human Rights Defenders Immediately! 24 June 2018 was an historic moment for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia; the ban […]

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