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…

Issues Discussed 8th October 2020

We discussed at length the forthcoming talk on Syria, 21st October,  by Revd Dr Andrew Ashdown:-
The big issue is to how to promote locally and whether to invite other AI groups. Please can everyone let their personal contacts know and share within any groups they are involved with where at all possible.

We did discuss about inviting Bical, the new Local Groups organiser, who has take over from Farshid Talaghani, to the next meeting on the 12th November. Also to go ahead and order the W4R cards and leaflets in the hope something can happen. There was nothing in the Local Groups newsletter about this (or on the AIUK site). DR to liaise with LF and Bical – also to ask him what other groups are doing re W4R.

We did float the possibility of trying to liaise with churches and perhaps passing the information/cards to them if the library is a non starter.

DR reminded everyone that he has received further information on the Marielle Franco mosaic (Southampton group) and Auction of Promises (Croydon group) that was put on the blog page. He reflected that Marielle Franco is also our case file. The South America newsletter is also on the blog. Partly due to a lack of an AI researcher in Brazil there are no current Brazil actions. But there appear to be no updates on her case since the 2 year anniversary of her murder in March.

We reflected on the appalling developments in India, with AI India having to shutdown operations.

There was a reminder of the Activists Strategy Consultation Sessions at the end of October/early November. Sign up via the Local Groups newsletter. There is also a Panel Discussion scheduled on Saturday 10th October – World Day Against the Death Penalty. Hammersmith Group are also hosting a talk by Paul Bridges, chair of the Anti-Death Penalty Project, on 14th October.

Next Video Conference Thursday 12th November 8pm.    But don’t forget Syrian conflict: the human impact October 21st 7.30pm

Group Newsletter October 2020

October 5, 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 have been put on hold. Do join us if you can. There will be campaign updates and a discussion on future plans. In particular we will review plans for our Syria talk […]

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Syrian Conflict: the Human Impact

October 4, 2020

Talk by Revd Dr. Andrew Ashdown Wednesday 21st October 7.30pm Jane Waller from the New Forest Group recommended booking the Revd Dr. Andrew Ashdown. She attended a Zoom talk of his on Syria and found it very informative (and well presented).  Whilst the talk will highlight the dire situation and flag up some Human Rights […]

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South America Newsletter October 2020

October 3, 2020

This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Argentina,  Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay.  We alert you to three recent or upcoming Amnesty reports: on the use of repressive, mandatory quarantines under COVID-19 in three countries in the Americas; on the lack of protection for Human Rights Defenders in Colombia; and […]

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Zoom Meeting September 2020

September 12, 2020

Issues discussed 10th September:- Moordown Community Centre (MCC) MCC have been in contact with plans to reopen next week on 14th September.  Groups will be required to complete a risk assessment – DR has been in contact and MCC and they are devising their own to complete. However, the announcement this week of a maximum […]

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Groups Newsletter September 2020

September 7, 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 10th September, 8.00pm – on ZOOM.  Moordown Community Centre is about to reopen (see below) – one subject for discussion on Thursday is how we continue to meet and communicate.  Do join us if you can. There will be campaign updates and a discussion on future plans. Please reply […]

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South America Newsletter September 2020

September 5, 2020

This month we report on human rights abuses related to measures taken by the authorities to combat Covid-19 in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. In Venezuela and Argentina the systematic human rights abuses by the security forces have been exposed during the pandemic. In Colombia, the killing, forced disappearances and threats to social leaders […]

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South America Newsletter August 2020

August 12, 2020

ELN Guerrillas in Chocó, Colombia Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action on behalf of the Human Rights Defender Jani Silva, who has received death threats from an armed group called “La Mafia”.  They oppose the voluntary crops substitution programme that Jani Silva is promoting in the Putumayo region of Colombia.  According to NGOs, “La […]

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Group Newsletter July 2020

July 11, 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 16th July 2020, 8.00pm, – on ZOOM.  Our initial Zoom meetings have been quite successful, so we will persevere with this platform whilst other options remain closed. A reminder it’s more of a discussion than a “meeting”, so do join us if you can. There will be […]

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