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.

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is on Thursday 14th March 2019, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  AGM (usually brief, don’t let that put you off!), planning and case file letter writing (see below).
This newsletter belatedly marks International Women’s Day in all its articles. Keep reading 😀
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Marielle Franco
You may recall we featured Marielle Franco in our January newsletter as the group have adopted the campaign for a prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigation of her killing as a case file. This Thursday, 14th March, marks the first anniversary of her murder.

Marielle Franco – human rights defender and councillor of Rio de Janeiro – was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Rio de Janeiro’s Estacio neighbourhood, after having participated in a debate with a group of young black women, entitled “Young Black Women Moving Structures”. Her driver, Anderson Gomes was also killed.  

For 10 years Marielle worked tirelessly to promote the rights of black women, LGBTI and young people in Rio. As a member of Rio de Janeiro’s State Human Rights Commission, for more than 10 years she publicly denounced extrajudicial executions and other human rights violations committed by state officials.  In Brazil dozens of human rights defenders are killed every year. In 2017 at least 70 HRDs were killed in this country.

The plight of Marielle Franco and other female HRDs was featured in in some reporting of International Women’s Day. She was also remembered, and justice demanded, at the Rio carnival.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/05/brazil-rio-carnival-marielle-franco

We will be writing letters to Brazilian officials at our meeting on Thursday. If you cannot make the meeting, there is an online action you can take
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/w4r-2018-brazil-marielle-franco/

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South America Newsletter March 2019

March 7, 2019

This month we have two petitions for you to sign, one on the human rights crisis in Venezuela and the other on abortion rights in Argentina. We report on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the continuing HR violations in Colombia and on police killings and gender based murders in Brazil. We have good news from […]

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May Stevens

March 7, 2019

Amnesty members in the Bournemouth area were saddened the learn of the death of May Stevens in January. May and her husband Ted were among the founder members of the group in 1986 and were for many years the mainstay of the group and its’ activities. She will particularly be remembered for her tireless fundraising. […]

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Group Newsletter February 2019

February 22, 2019

HelloWelcome to the latest news from your local Amnesty Group.Our next meeting is Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 7.30pm at Moordown Community Centre, Bournemouth. At out meeting we will focus on planning on the year ahead, reviewing campaigns and finish with some letter writing. Advance notice that the March meeting, also on the 14th, is […]

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South America Newsletter February 2019

February 10, 2019

In this month’s newsletter, we report on the deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela, growing concerns about human rights in Brazil and continuing threats faced by Human Rights Defenders in Colombia.  There are also updates on Ecuador (which has imposed unfair restrictions for Venezuelans), Peru (where Fujimori has been sent back to prison), Ecuador and […]

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Group Newsletter January 2019

February 10, 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter.The next meeting  is on Thursday 10th January 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; planning for 2019; letter writing, Write for RightsThanks to everyone who turned out for our Write for Rights events – in Bournemouth centre and Moordown Community Centre. We sent about 70 cards to […]

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South America Newsletter January 2019

January 6, 2019

This month’s newsletter includes good news from Paraguay regarding families from the Guahory Community, who were the subject of an Urgent Action in July. There has also been a Court ruling in Chile tightening the parole conditions for violators of human rights. We have four Urgent Actions, one for Colombia, two for Venezuela and one […]

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Group Newsletter December 2018

December 10, 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter.Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You may like to bring this to people’s attention as you go about your day …Our next meeting  is on Thursday 13th December 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community […]

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South America Newsletter December 2018

December 5, 2018

This month there is good news from  Chile regarding the passing of a gender identity law  and four former police officers being arrested regarding a fatal shooting. Moreover, in Guyana  transgender activists are celebrating a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice. There is also a reminder regarding the opportunity to continue to work on […]

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