Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is on Thursday 7th July 2022 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. There is no meeting in June as the first Thursday happens to be a Bank Holiday. However, there are two events coming up that you may wish to attend.

AmnesTea

We are planning our fourth AmnesTea, our first post lockdown.  This will be on

Sunday the 19th June 2022, 3pm to 5pm.

Our secretary, Lucy Freeman has offered to host this event again at her home in Southbourne.What is an AmnestyTea? Well you, and any friend come along – possibly bringing cake  – and drink tea (or coffee, or whatever your favourite beverage)
We will also have a book stall. So basically bring along (1) people (2) cake (3) books to donate (4) cash to spend..
June 19th also happens to be Fathers Day, so celebrate in style!
On a more serious note its at the start of Refugee Week. The theme for 2022 is ‘healing’. With the Nationality and Borders Bill now passed, the desperate situation with people crossing the Channel, the treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK including the appalling deal to send people seeking asylum to Rwanda and the war in Ukraine, now is a really important time to show support for refugees. We aim to have some action you can participate in at the AmnesTea.
Please respond to this newsletter if you would like to attend and want more details.

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This month we bring you news from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. A recent military operation in Colombia seems to have gone wrong, a reminder of the ‘false negatives’ extra judicial killings of the past being investigated by the JEP transitional justice court, where we report on new developments.  We review the appalling record on human rights and the environment under the present government in Brazil and the possible excessive use of force by the police in Peru, where six demonstrators have died during protests against the increased cost of food, fuel and fertilizers. We look at the challenges faced by the new office of the International Criminal Court in Venezuela and the main candidates for the forthcoming presidential elections in Colombia and Brazil.

REGIONAL

On 27 April, Amnesty published a new report on the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The report Unequal and Lethal explains the factors behind the region’s disproportionate death toll and calls on governments across the region urgently to ramp up spending on the right to social protection and health in order to tackle the region’s “obscene socio-economic inequality that has proven fatal during the COVID pandemic”. [click to continue…]

Europe Newsletter May 2022

May 4, 2022

The war unleashed by Putin’s army against Ukraine has led to the largest displacement of people within Europe since the second world war. For once the EU has agreed to implement the TPD (temporary protection directive) which allows refugees from Ukraine to find refuge within the EU without bureaucratic obstacles and with permission to work […]

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South America Newsletter April 2022

April 7, 2022

This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Venezuela. The UN Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders has denounced the killing of indigenous human rights defenders in Colombia. It is believed the killings were carried out by a non-state actor, believed to be a dissident FARC. Meanwhile, Amnesty International has published […]

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Group Newsletter April 2022

April 7, 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 7th April 2022 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. At the next meeting we will be campaign updates, letter writing and planning for future events. Ukraine Since our last newsletter the we’ve had the human rights catastrophe of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The UK government must do its part to […]

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South America Newsletter March 2022

March 2, 2022

This month we bring you updates on human rights issues in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador.  A request to sign Amnesty International’s petition on Colombia, asking the Attorney General to investigate the murder of Kevin Agudelo and other violations committed during the national strike. And Amnesty’s new Urgent Action to protect human rights […]

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Europe Newsletter March 2022

March 2, 2022

Turkey Support women in Turkey on International Women’s Day, 8th of March 2022 In the January newsletter we reported that Amnesty International had published a new briefing document, Turkey, Turn Words Into Actions setting out the increasingly worrying situation regarding violence against women in Turkey and reminding the government there of its obligations. As we […]

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Group Newsletter February 2022

February 27, 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter from your local Amnesty International group. For a variety of reasons we won’t be meeting in March. We next meet Thursday  April 7th, at Moordown Community Centre, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Stop the People Smuggling Business Booming The people smuggling business is booming, and thanks to the UK government it’s about to get […]

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South America Newsletter February 2022

February 5, 2022

This month, we update you on developments in Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Chile, Peru and Bolivia, including some good news from Peru and Paraguay.  Demonstrations have taken place in Colombia to condemn the many people killed or disappeared in clashes near the Venezuelan border.  A family of human rights defenders have been killed in Brazil.  […]

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Group Newsletter January 2022

January 27, 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter from your local Amnesty International group. We meet a week today, Thursday  February 3rd, at Moordown Community Centre, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Urge Your MP to Speak Up Against the Policing Bill The Policing Bill threatens to crack down on peaceful protest, harm minoritised groups and jeopardise our freedoms. Act now to oppose […]

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