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.
Our group is made up of like minded people who want to do
their bit to protect humanity and human rights around the
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.
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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.
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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.
ACTION 1. Twitter: Please share this Twitter post from AIUK that sees out the timeline of the Büyükada casehttps://twitter.com/AmnestyUK/
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
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
"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
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."
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.
Posted by Amnesty International UK
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