Group Newsletter February 2018


Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is on Thursday 8th February 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; Tapestry exhibition; AIUK AGM resolutions (if available)

Library Photography Exhibition

We are delighted to announce that the Mayor, Councillor Lawrence Williams, and Mayoress of Bournemouth will be opening our exhibition at Bournemouth Library. This will be on Tuesday 3rd April – the first day of the exhibition – at 3.15pm. The exhibition closes on 28th April.

The main focus of the exhibition is the historic plight of refugees and will feature 30 photographs taken by photographers from the Magnum agency over the past 70 years. The photographs document some of the issues surrounding refugees from the mass upheaval and displacement of the post-war years to the present-day crisis in Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan. It will also tie in with AIUK’s current “Refugees Welcome” campaign.

The exhibition will also include the Tapestry, above, created by Amnesty groups in the South depicting the 30 articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR). This was originally created to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215 and to highlight the continuing importance of the protections afforded by the UNDHR. The Tapestry spent 6 months adjacent to the Magna Carta at Salisbury cathedral. Since then it has travelled to other venues around the south.

As this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of UNDHR, we think this is a great opportunity to display the Tapestry and bring attention to the 30 articles.

The Spring Quiz is now organised for Friday April 20th, 7.30 for 8.00 prompt at the Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth BH8 8PX. David Brown will again be our host.

For those unfamiliar, our quizzes are informal but competitive! Teams of up to 6 (some get arranged on the night), entrance £5 a person. Due to popularity, and past overcrowding. We are now obliged to limit total numbers to 54.

Please get your tickets here. This system worked very well for our last quiz.  This will let you print off tickets once booked – you will still need to pay on the night!  Please book as soon as you can as we can promote the event more widely if numbers are low.
Any problems, please leave a message (with contact details) on 07787350946, or reply to this newsletter.

Wareham Street Collection

After quite a low turnout and return from the Bournemouth and Christchurch collections in 2017, this year we are just going to focus on Wareham (where traditionally they have been very generous.) 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) 12th May 2018

Courtlye Music

The Southampton Amnesty Group announces a concert of vocal and instrumental music from Tudor and Elizabethan times, in aid of Amnesty International.
Courtlye Music (who have been viewed and enjoyed by at least one of our group!) will present “Time to Pass with Goodly Sport’
Date: Saturday 10 March at 7.30 p.m.
Venue:- Christ Church. Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton SO15 3BT.
Tickets: £8 on the door.

Taner Kılıç

Taner Kılıç (above) is one of the founding members of the Turkish section of Amnesty International and its president since 2014. Along with 22 others he was arrested last June and charged with belonging to a “terrorist organisation”. The others have gradually been released.  On 31 January Taner Kılıç was finally released after eight gruelling months in jail.

While his family excitedly waited for him to walk out of prison and into their arms, he was re-arrested and taken back into custody. He now remains jailed pending the next hearing in June. This is hugely upsetting and disappointing – and completely unacceptable.

Please email the Turkish Minister of Justice now demanding Taner Kılıç  is released.

Jorge Lázaro Samba Nunes dos Santos

A case file is an AI action that focus on one individual or situation. This long term narrow focus ensures a constant pressure on authorities to take action. We have been writing to authorities in Bahia State, Brazil on behalf of Jorge Lázaro, for about two years now.

Two of his seven children have been murdered. Jorge Lázaro has been under huge pressure since the first murder in 2008 : he is seeking justice for the killings of his sons, trying to keep himself and his family safe, and providing necessary minimum living conditions such as a home and food.
To add to the tragedy of two murdered sons, on July 10th 2016 Jorge’s youngest son, Denilson was shot whilst walking home.  Luckily Denilson survived and is currently recovering.
There are downloadable letters you can adapt on our take action page.There is also a link so you can send him a message of support via AIUK.