Group Newsletter April 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 on driving for women was lifted. But in a cruel twist, as we reported last month, the women who bravely fought for this right were arrested and branded ‘traitors’.

Last month the Saudi Arabia Public Prosecution announced that it had concluded its investigations into the cases of a group of human rights defenders. This included these women activists, who had been detained without charge since May 2018.

The link below has more guidance and details of the 5 women in the picture above…

Three of the wrongly jailed Saudi women human rights defenders have now been released. But eight still remain. And there were other arrests last Thursday of critics of the Government and campaigners for better women’s rights.  Follow this link and email the Saudi Arabia embassy  and get these women back to their families:

Wareham Street Collection

After quite a low turnout and return from the Bournemouth and Christchurch collections in 2017, and a successful visit to Wareham last year, we are currently planning to just focus on Wareham. Traditionally Wareham folk have been very generous and welcoming. If you wish to help please let us know, by replying to this newsletter, rather than just turning up.

Wareham Street Collection (High Street)  Saturday (am only) 27th April 2019

South America Newsletter

The latest edition of the South America Regional Newsletter is now on the blog. Our group has focused on South America since its inception, which is also reflected in our case files (see below).  The 3 volunteers who run the network for AIUK – and produce the newsletter – do a huge amount of work on our behalf.

Please Take Action

Last month we featured our new case file Marielle Franco, above,  who was murdered in Brazil in 2018. At our last meeting we sent letters to the President, Minister of Justice and Governor of Rio de Janeiro.  These letters can be downloaded from the action page of our blog if you would like to take part. You can just write to the ambassador in London if you prefer.

This page also has links to the action pages from all the main English speaking Amnesty International sites – mainly adding your name to petitions or emails. Do investigate these links as it doesn’t take long to participate in a variety of actions.

The petition to the Brazilian President is still actionable as well:-