Group Newsletter October 2021

First a reminder that our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th October 2021, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre (MCC).
This will be our first face to face meeting for 18 months. The agenda will be updates on campaigns, letter writing and planning. We are guests of MCC, who have only just reopened. Both MCC and the group are having to make decisions on how to maintain safety in light of the ongoing risk from COVID-19. If you intend coming, please read this.

Europe Newsletter September 2021

Although dated September, this newsletter has only just arrived. It has details of two demonstrations. The one detailed above is organised by Ulrike Schmidt and colleagues. They are campaigning against the criminalisation of refugees and Human Rights defenders who are involved in Search & Rescue and against the cooperation of Frontex and Italy with the Libyan coastguard returning refugees to torture, rape and extortion in Libyan DCIM camps.
There are more details in the newsletter, plus details on the other demonstration organised by others on Wednesday  20th October outside Parliament protesting against the Nationality and Borders bill. And of course several other campaigns, including from Turkey the trial of the METU students (see below).

Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür

Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür

Demand Justice for Turkish Students Defending LGBTI+ Rights

The verdict is imminent in the case of the 18 students and one academic facing trial as a result of the break up by police of a planned Pride sit-in at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2019. The group includes Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür (above) who were included in the Write for Rights campaign in 2020. Amnesty will be launching actions so that the Turkish authorities know that people all around the world will be watching for the outcome and supporting the METU students.
Please e-mail the Minister of Justice calling for the acquittal of all the defendants in the METU trial through the following link.