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RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

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Amnesty International UK is addressing this crisis on a number of levels, particularly in ensuring the safety of Amnesty workers and supporters in Russia and Ukraine.  please read this impassioned report 

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Our Amnesty York group meets monthly to plan campaigns, lobbying and fundraising events. We are always looking to welcome new members to the group. No prior knowledge required - just an interest in protecting human rights!

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Meetings are currently taking place via Zoom or at the Friends Meeting House, York.  more details 


About Amnesty International, YORK

Our group is made up of like minded people who want to do their bit to protect humanity and human rights around the world.
We organise fundraisers such as: quizzes, ceilidhs and writing competitions.

We do letter writing to support prisoners of conscience. Our group enjoys links with local organisations such as York Pride and Refugee Action Week.

We often welcome specialist speakers to our meetings, who share their first hand experiences as human rights defenders around the world. Our aim is to spread awareness of the important work of Amnesty International and encourage active engagement in standing up for human rights.


Who are Amnesty International?

Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. It has more than 10 million members worldwide. Amnesty works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

They investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Visit the Amnesty International Website to find out more.


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, YORK

OSBALDWICK, YORK, SUMMER FAYRE

summer fair stall

On a beautiful day, the fayre was well attended and the Amnesty York stalls attracted a lot of interest. There were brisk sales of books and bric-à-brac.

Thanks to all visitors and customers, and of course, our energetic team in York.

Our thanks to St Thomas’ Church for offering Amnesty a stall.


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, YORK UNIVERSITY

Optimisitc presence at the rally in York to support Ukraine.

York university students at the York pro Ukraine rally

SUPPORT THE UKRAINE WITH LOCAL ARTWORK

Linda Combi artwork

York artist Linda Combi has created beautiful cards to support the work of UNHCR current crisis. They’re A5 folded cards with designs on both sides, and include envelope.

For more information visit Linda's blog or e mail her directly on here.....


York Amnesty member, Barbara Lodge reports:
This week the Russian government closed the The International Memorial Society, founded with the help of Nobel Peace laureate Andrei Sakharov during the last years of the Soviet Union; it remembered, often through prisoners' personal effects, the brutality of the Gulag. In 2003, I was one of the AIUK trainers running campaign workshops with Russian AI supporters in Moscow and Tomsk in Siberia. In Moscow, we used the museum area of the Memorial building - no space on the walls - all work done on easels and the floor! Display cases showed prisoners' belongings - and also "resistance" culture, e.g. here The Beatles.

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An individual has a right to seek asylum anywhere in the world. In practice it is easier in some places than others....



Alaa imprisoned in Egypt

July 2022: Alaa Abdelfattah is still in custody, on hunger strike, and needs our help.

You can write your own letter/email or use/adapt the template at https://freealaa.net/take-action (You can go into the template to get the information without actually sending it.)

Alaa Abdel Fattah is a human rights campaigner with a huge following in Egypt and beyond. He was a prominent activist during the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt in 2011. He comes from a family of human rights activists (including his aunt, the novelist Ahdaf Soueif.) And a book of his own writings – largely smuggled out of prison – has also been published, in English translation, entitled You Have Not Yet Been Defeated.

Alaa has been detained, intermittently, for most of the past decade, because of his activism and criticism of the government. Indeed, he has been imprisoned under all regimes from that of Hosni Mubarak onwards. Amnesty International supports him as a ‘prisoner of conscience’. A peculiarity of Alaa’s case is that he is a dual national, with British as well as Egyptian citizenship (through his British-born mother).

Yet, the prison authorities have –scandalously! – refused to allow him any contact with the British Consul in Cairo. And, notwithstanding that on June 21st Liz Truss, as Foreign Secretary, publicly vowed to take the matter up with her Egyptian counterpart, this remains the case. Amnesty’s international campaign in support of Alaa has had some modest success so far.

He has recently been allowed out of solitary confinement, transferred to a ‘better’ prison, granted a mattress to sleep on, books to read, and daily exercise, for the first time in nearly three years. Nevertheless, the case is urgent. Alaa has been on hunger strike since the beginning of Ramadan, April 2nd. And he is now very weak.

Thanks for your commitment to Alaa



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Strawberries and bubbles for Human Rights...

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Lovely prosecco and strawberry evening thanks to Judy and Dian: with added book sales, campaigns on Egypt, Turkey and Guantanamo’s 20th “ anniversary" and a tidy sum raised for Amnesty York’s human rights battle-chest.





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York Amnesty back at York Pride again, supporting Turkish students at the Istambul Middle East Technical University who were banned from having their own Pride. We wrote messages of support on ribbons which they can wear as wristbands.

Pride takes place within a Pride festival week, provides our main platform for a celebration of the diversity of the LGBT+ community in a context of entertainment, inclusivity and fun. The event is a focus for the visibility of the LGBT community in York and provides an opportunity to draw attention to important LGBT issues.

R Maskell MPAbove – outside of York Minster

Above Right – our stall was busy.

Right – Rachael Maskell, Member of Parliament for York Central.

Below - messages of support for students at Istanbul Middle East Technical University

Below right – Meg and Jenny displaying our new banner!

York Pride - crowd 2 ribbons of support



Human rights make everyone happy. Here is Amnesty York in 2015 jigging around York happily with their favourite human rights to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy". Don’t let the government take this human rights happiness away from you (and everyone else).


PLEASE, NO MORE DROWNINGS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

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Amnesty York’s installation of the sea with a flotilla of origami boats (folded by Amnesty York, York for Europe and RAY) was displayed in the Minster’s South Piazza by the Roman column on Saturday October 23rd. This was in recognition of the thousands of people who try to cross the Mediterranean each year.

The display was the focus of many passers-by throughout the day. It was also an opportunity to make new Amnesty friends and meet up with established York group members. The Revd Canon Michael Smith joined us to express his support and undertook to remember those who perish in this way at evensong at the Minster.

Of those fleeing their homelands, some seek asylum, some flee poverty. This year, more than 700 (and counting) have drowned.

The stream of people will not stop until the world works together to solve the problems which send them on their journey. In the meantime, Amnesty International is pressing for:

— the creation of safe and legal routes to Europe for asylum-seekers (to put an end to people smuggling) along with a fair asylum assessment procedure.

- the end of the practice by FRONTEX, the EU border force, in cooperation with the Libyan coastguard of forcing people back to holding camps in Libya where they are forgotten, ill-treated and die.

- the end of prosecutions of people and organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières and Save The Children International for saving lives at sea (as is current, for example, in Italy).

* NB There are about 26 million refugees worldwide. In 2020, the UK had 35,770 asylum applications.




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