Letter signing drop-in tomorrow

Tomorrow (Tues) is our regular letter signing drop-in at Greenwich Picturehouse.
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Letter signing group record!

At last night’s letter signing drop-in we achieved what we think is a group record figure of 454 letters signed on human rights abuses that included Russia and Syria. This is a really positive achievement for the group and shows how we have some real momentum behind us at the moment.

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.

Amnesty for Pussy Riot and Artic 30?

You may have seen that there is a chance that a new law offering the opportunity for an amnesty for certain prisoners in Russia could lead to the release of Pussy Riot protestors and the so called “Artic 30” Greenpeace activists. Whether they are freed or not Amnesty International are calling for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Russia and that the ‘amnesty law’ is no replacement for an effective, independent, system of justice.

To see the Amnesty International UK Press Release click here or for the Guardian article on it click here 

Tell Putin to Stop the Crackdown

In January a group of people gathered in St Petersburg to have a snowball fight. The police responded by banning it and dispersing the crowd – calling it an “unauthorised gathering”. This may seem a ridiculous one off event but it isn’t. The space for freedom of assembly, association and expression is rapidly shrinking in Russia

Since Vladimir Putin returned to office as Russia’s President he has introduced laws that:

  • severely limit freedom of assembly
  • stigmatise the LGBTI community
  • criminalise insulting the feelings of believers
  • broaden the definitions of treason and espionage so that human rights activism could potentially be criminalised

Russia is clearly restricting the civil and political rights of its people. Find out more and take action at http://action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=23177