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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.

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.

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

TURKEY - the Middle East Technical University (METU) case / LGBT rights

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PETITION NOW! — PLEASE SIGN ON LINK BELOW On October 8th the verdict is expected in the case of the 18 students and one academic facing trial as a result of the break up by police of the planned Pride sit-in at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2019. The group includes MelikBalkan and Özgür Gür who were included in the Write for Rights campaign in 2020.

In the run up to 8th October, Amnesty members are asked to sign this petition to the Minister of Justice calling for the acquittal of all the defendants in the METU trial. Click here to sign the Amnesty UK website.

The Results of our 2021 Creative Writing Competition

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Prizewinner — Judge's Comments — full text of the top ten entries

  • Esraa Abdelfatah Good news from Egypt
    Egyptian journalist and human rights defender Esraa Abdelfattah has been released! Esraa had spent nearly 2 years in arbitrary pretrial detention in Qanater women prison, stemming solely from the peaceful exercise of her human rights. She faced unfounded charges of “joining a terrorist group in achieving its goals”, “disseminating false news” and “misusing social media.” She was tortured during her early detention and her health deteriorated in prison due to the appalling conditions. She was released provisionally pending investigations into two separate criminal cases.

    Amnesty International will continue to monitor the situation, and campaign for the release of all those detained solely for peacefully exercising their human rights, and for an end to the crackdown on the human rights movement in Egypt.
  • Uyghur classroom with armed guards URGENT ACTION - please support
  • Image URGENT ACTION - please support
    UYGHUR held in solitary confinement for two years

banner stop human rights violations in Turkey

ACTION 1.    Twitter: Please share this Twitter post from AIUK that sees out the timeline of the Büyükada case
status/1416005164306210821 (this link)

   In your posts please use #Turkey and:
Tag Amnesty Turkey ( For Twitter @aforgutu and Instagram aforgutu) •
Please tag the Turkish Embassy in London: @TurkEmbLondon≈

2. Facebook and Instagram: Please use the image at the top of this action request to draw attention to the deteriorating Human Rights situation in Turkey with simple messages such as:
4 human rights defenders in Turkey including the former Chair and Director of Amnesty Turkey have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. They are simply being punished for their courage in standing up for the rights of others.

Their appeals against conviction are expected any day #Turkey we are watching you

TURKEY — The Büyükada case

"You will recall that in our last Europe Newsletter I said that we are still waiting for the decision of the Court of Cassation regarding the convictions of the four human rights defenders in the Büyükada case. The prosecutor has issued his opinion asking for the conviction of former Chair of Amnesty Turkey, Taner Kılıç’s, to be upheld while requesting that the convictions of Günal Kurşun, İdil Eser and Özlem Dalkıran be overturned.

We expect a decision very soon, potentially within the coming weeks or months. Unfortunately, it is impossible to be more precise; however, we know that during the judicial holiday in late July and August, it is highly unlikely that the Court of Cassation decision would be issued.

However this case is emblematic of the deteriorating human rights situation in Turkey and in particular the efforts of the state to neuter civil society NGOs and minimise their ability to criticise the government. In order to ensure that the government of Turkey is reminded of the importance of this we would like you to do further online actions."

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Human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah have been arbitrarily detained for 20 months without trial over unfounded terrorism-related accusations.

They are held in a maximum-security prison in inhumane conditions, with no protection from Covid 19, and subjected to discriminatory and punitive treatment.

The September York Amnesty Goup meeting was held at The Friends Meeting House under careful conditions. It is likely that monthly meetings will alternate between Live and Zoom - but we will have to see where Covid leads us. We will certainly meet somewhere and discuss our various campaigns

Feel free to join us in whatever way best suits you. Message us via the facility at the bottom of this page.

These are concerns which have been identified, and posted on Facebook, by Amnesty International UK, which the York group are closely following. Please take action.

[TW: references to the death penalty] ❗ URGENT : HELP STOP THE EXECUTIONS OF TWO YOUNG MEN IN IRAN ❗ Hossein & Arman...

Posted by Amnesty International UK on Friday, 23 July 2021

URGENT, please please sign this

Posted by Amnesty International, York City UK on Thursday, 15 July 2021

Another urgent action being followed by the York group. Please respond your comments can make a real difference...

Posted by Amnesty International, York City UK on Wednesday, 14 April 2021

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