Newsletter November 9th 2014


Welcome to the latest news from your local Amnesty Group
Our next meeting is Thursday, 13th November 2014 at 7.30pm at Moordown Community Centre, Bournemouth.  We are going to try and circulate an agenda prior to meetings…

– Stop torture campaign (David R will give feedback from AIUK workshop he attended & give overview of this 2 year long campaign)

– Planning for 2015

– Bournemouth University link

– Write for Rights event in Boscombe

– Quiz night

The latter two items are featured below. If you cannot attend but have thought/ideas relating to any of theae iems please reply to this email.

Write for Rights

write for rightsEvery year Amnesty International has encouraged and helped groups send greetings cards to prisoners of conscience around the world in December.  Traditionally there were just half a dozen names selected.  In recent years Amnesty has branded this as “Write for Rights” and produced much more informative information leaflets, covering many more prisoners of conscience.

We have always made this a mainstay of our December meeting, but over the past decade have also tried to hold a stall in Bournemouth.  This led to us nearly getting arrested a few years ago for pitching up outside Borders (whatever happened to them?!) and we then had a short lived arrangement with Debenhams. Unfortunately “the Square” is now privately owned and charge £50 (now plus VAT) for the privilege. We were not fast enough off the block to get a pitch at Castlepoint this year.

Thanks to Genevieve we have now secured a pitch at Boscombe Market on the afternoon of Saturday, December 6th. (The Sovereign centre wanted to charge £100!). We will discuss arrangements more at the meeting, but we won’t know exactly where until the day. Time is likely to be 2 – 4pm.  The idea is to encourage passing public to sign and send cards, which we supply.  But please visit yourself – and encourage others – to send a card and support this event.

Late Autumn Quiz

quiz nightWe’ve had a succession of quiz venues closing down or being refurbished in some way after our events – hopefully this is pure coincidence! But we now have a new venue willing to test this out. We have booked the Queen Mary Inn, West Street, Poole for our next quiz on Friday 28th November 2014. This will follow the usual format with teams of up to 6 (can be formed on the night) and £5 a head. Sally Hawksworth has agreed to keep everyone in order and politely ask you things you don’t know.  David Rogers has promised to make questions slightly less obscure than last year! The venue is slightly smaller than we’re used to, so please let us know (reply to this newsletter) if you are likely to attend and with how many guests.


asia bibi On 16 October the Lahore High Court rejected the appeal against the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy charges. Asia Bibi, who is 45 years old and has five children, was initially found guilty of blasphemy on 8 November 2010 and sentenced to death under Section 295C of Pakistan’s Penal Code for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim woman.

There are serious fair trial concerns. Asia Bibi claims the evidence of her alleged blasphemy, which has been accepted by successive courts, was fabricated, and that she did not have access to a lawyer during her detention and the final day of her trial in 2010. Asia Bibi’s lawyer has maintained that the case against her is based on hearsay. Human rights activists have voiced concerns that judges of the Lahore High Court may have rejected the appeal out of fear for their safety. Religious groups demanding her execution were present in court. To send an email to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, requesting he halt this execution, go to


jewelleryIn the past we held many stalls at Trade Union Conferences when they visited Bournemouth, plus we had our own Garden Party.  Times have changed, but as reported above, Ted and May still turn out at a variety of Fairs and Carnivals – such as in Winton, Boscombe and now Muscliff Funday!
So if you have any second-hand books, jewellery (even broken), scarves, handbags (particularly evening), bric-a-brac or other knick-knacks in any condition that you wish to donate, please let May Stevens know (01202) 510886. They can collect.