Amnesty International, York
Events of 2022, 2023 by York Amnesty International Group
Speakers included a speaker on human rights in Egypt, Joe Dunford, the country co-ordinator for Algeria and Libya, and Rebecca Patterson, the new Amnesty Activism Rep for the North East Region.
We held a St Valentine’s Day event at King’s Square, asking members of the public to choose the freedoms which they valued most.
We heard, for Women’s Day, a talk on women’s health projects in Afghanistan.
We continued our link with Refugee Action.
We supported the York Pride event.
The Quilt eventually returned to York, from its temporary home in the Bradford Peace Museum, being splendidly displayed in the staircase of the Friends’ Meeting House.
A strawberries and prosecco evening at Judy Donovan’s home raised £600 for Amnesty, followed by the stall at Osbaldwick fair, arranged by Dian and Andrew, which raised another £471.
An October event in raised awareness of Osman Kavala, enduring long-term imprisonment in Turkey
Andrew S kept us informed of Alaa Abdel Fattah, on hunger strike in prison in Egypt, whose plight was publicised during the Cop 22 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Letter writing at the Winning Post took place in October and November, resuming in January 2023.
We held our Write for Rights event at Bishopthorpe Road in December, attended by MP Rachael Maskell and Rebecca Patterson. We collected 102 cards
The website and social media are well used, thanks to our media team, Don and Tim
A talk by HealthProm, a UK Organisation on its women's health project in Afghanistan
11th February 2023 - Valentine’s Day offering from Amnesty York in Kings Square: Love Your Rights.