Good news! Activist and painter Atena Farghadani walked free this week after her prison sentence was dramatically reduced. Atena had committed no crime, yet Iran had imprisoned her for her political art. Huge thanks to all of you who called for her freedom! http://amn.st/6181BWoGU
The list of human tragedy grows day by day – people crushed by lorries, drowned on our shores and denied shelter at our borders. It is a damning charge against European leaders and their continual failure to provide safe routes for those fleeing war and persecution.
We must keep up the pressure for real action to achieve a humane, comprehensive and effective response to end the suffering of thousands.
Please email your MP to let them know refugees are welcome here.
Amnesty Blackheath and Greenwich activists will tomorrow gather at the Cutty Sark from 7.30pm to show their support for refugees from Syria and elsewhere. If want to join us please just turn up and look for us with our placards.
Afterwards we will join others at our monthly letter signing session. For further details email us on AIBG.email@example.com
On 11 July, from 14.30 to 15.30, we will stand on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields to commemorate the victims of the genocide and those killed and disappeared during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to call for truth, justice and reparation.
Participants are requested to wear white tops or white shawls. The hour will break down as follows:
14.30 – 14.55 People to sit in quiet reflection, with remembrance banner. White flowers to be provided.
14.55 – 15.00 People to stand for five minute silence
15.00 – 15.30 Call for truth, justice and reparation. Some people to stand holding second banner and a few people to ask members of the public to sign our petition to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers (effectively the PM) of BiH.
Event organised by Amnesty Europe team of country coordinators.
Two years ago today, Snowden revealed that around the world governments are illegally and unnecessarily spying on our internet and phone use.
The US wants to jail Snowden. Yet without him we wouldn’t know the sinister extent of global mass surveillance. Ask Obama not to punish Snowden for exposing human rights abuses. Take action now
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger and editor, faces 50 lashes this Friday – simply for supporting free speech. Therefore Amnesty UK are holding a vigil on Thrusday to free him.
Location: Curzon Street – back entrance to the Saudi Arabian Embassy, London W1J 5DZ
The Ealing AI Group is holding a rally this Saturday on behalf of their prisoner of conscience Eskinder Nega in front of the Ethiopian embassy in London. Eskinder Nega is an Ethiopian journalist who is in prison after criticising the government.