Group Newsletter October 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is tomorrow,  Thursday 11th October 2017, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda – Quiz night, Castlepoint or Bournemouth Centre?, Write 4 Rights, planning 2019 and letter writing
This is now organised for Friday November 16h, 7.30 for 8.00 prompt at the Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth BH8 8PX.
For those unfamiliar, our quizzes are informal but competitive! Teams of up to 6, entrance £5 a person.
Due to popularity, and past overcrowding we are now obliged to limit total numbers to 50 via a “virtual ticket” system. Tickets are not yet “live” – keep an eye on your inbox for the link over the next few days.

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Today, October 10th, is World Day Against the Death Penalty. Amnesty has released a powerful six-minute video showing the impact of the death penalty on families in Belarus, the only country in Europe that still carries out executions. Read more on our blog.
South America Newsletter
The October 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.
Protect Human Rights Defenders
Since January 2012, more than 72 countries have passed laws that are used to restrict basic human rights like free speech and the right to protest. The people standing up for their rights are attacked in the press, harassed, imprisoned and sometimes even face death.Since 1998 at least 3,500 people have been killed for their human rights work. 2017 was the deadliest year yet with the death toll climbing to over 300.

Who are human rights defenders?

They are ordinary people like you and me. They are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. They could be doctors, farmers, admin assistants or unemployed. What unites them is their burning desire to protect their families and communities. They put themselves on the front line to stand up for the rights that many of us take for granted. We need to stand with them and let them know they’re not alone.

What are we doing?

In 2017 Amnesty International launched a global campaign called BRAVE, with the goal of protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) across the world. We’re fighting for people and communities, connecting activists around the UK and teaching kids about HRDs in schools.

We’ve seen some amazing success already. For example, this year Amnesty campaigned for the release of a Cambodian activist called Tep Vanny. As mentioned in the last newsletter, Tep was pardoned and released from prison in August.

Another crucial part of this work is asking the UK Government to urgently respond to the unprecedented level of attacks on HRDs by making this a priority for its human rights work abroad.

We want our MPs to take action for HRDs by pressing for a better response from the UK government. You can help by emailing your MP today.