Find Out About Human Rights in Russia

On Thursday 13 February at their monthly meeting, Richmond and Twickenham Amnesty Group will welcome Amnesty’s Country Coordinator for Russia, Barrie Hay, who will bring us up to date with recent events in Russia, including the the government’s response to recent international pressure over the imprisonment of members of Pussy Riot and the Arctic 30.
They welcome Amnesty members from other groups, as well as anyone else interested, who may like to join them for what promises to be a thought-provoking presentation.
The meeting will begin at 8.30 with a brief AGM. Barrie Hay’s talk will start at 9pm.
The group meet at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ.

Mandela Memorial – What does Nelson Mandela mean to you?

After the sad news of Nelson Mandela passing away last night, Amnesty International have launched an online memorial wall as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and to celebrate what he did for human rights for South Africans and many others around the world. He fought for freedom for his nation and against injustice around the world. Please share what he meant to you at the Mandela Memorial website

Poster for Women of Zimbabwe Arise

For the November group monthly action we were asked to create and send a poster of solidarity to a group featured in the Write for Rights campaign. Our group chose Women of Zimbabe Arise (WOZA for short) and Ann designed the below poster. In addition there has been progress on human rights in Zimbabwe over 2013 which can be found the Amnesty UK web page for Zimbabwe with a letter writing action too The poster can be seen below

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China’s Human Rights Record

Given the publicity around China in the news at the moment I thought it would be helpful to give an update on it’s human rights record:

Serious human rights violations are committed in China. Each year, more people are executed in the country than anywhere else. Prisoners are tortured, protestors are beaten with excessive force and free speech is repressed. Asylum seekers are forced to return to the country they have fled, without their claim being properly assessed. Despite all of this, foreign governments continue to fail in challenging China’s disastrous human rights record.

To find out more and find out about actions you can take see

Human Rights, Bloody Human Rights – A business and human rights workshop (17-26 October 2013)

Queen Mary University of London Law Professor Alan Dignam and Menagerie Theatre Company, in association with Amnesty International UK and Queen Mary Drama, explore the human rights consequences of the global expansion of private power. Join the discussion. Rehearse the future. This exciting workshop uses forum theatre dramatisations to look at the growing reach and influence of multinational corporations, and the consequences for human rights.

See more information and how to book on Queen Mary’s University of London website