This year on Saturday 5 October starting at 11am Wandsworth Amnesty International group is using its annual Embassy Crawl to build on its campaign against Female Genital Mutilation.
Amnesty International welcomes the release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and at least 11 political activists. Nasrin Sotoudeh had been adopted as an Amnesty prisoner of conscience and campaigned for her immediate and unconditional release.
Find out more on the Amnesty International website
In early 2011, as peaceful protests spread across Bahrain, Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb and his colleague Jalila al-Salman called for a teachers’ strike to support the growing demands for reform. Since Mahdi and Jalila were leaders of the Bahrain Teaching Association, most of us would say that they were just doing their job.
But the Bahrain authorities have since made them pay dearly for their legitimate work.
By April, both of them were detained. Jalila has since been released but Mahdi remains behind bars – where he has been for over two years. Take action now
Our annual street collection will this year be Saturday 12 October in Lewisham town centre between times of 10am and 4pm. To make it a success we will require a good number of volunteers. People who haven’t been involved in doing this kind of fundraising before or are new to the group will be paired with a more experienced group member to ensure everyone can take part. If you’re interested then email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
At our last letter writing meeting we wrote to the Sri Lankan government about the case of Prageeth Eknaligoda who is a journalist who has disappeared. If you want to take the same action online go the Amnesty USA website page for Prageeth Eknaligoda.
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