Write for Rights Day

We would like to cordially invite you to our annual Write for Rights day at
St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich on Saturday 8th December,
between 10am and 3pm.

You will be able to send a message of hope to those people detained and being ill-treated around the world.
Over 5 million messages were sent last year, from all over the world – it made a real difference to those who received them.

letters and cards

If you cannot make it on the day, you can still take part online,
visit https://www.amnesty.org.uk/write-for-rights
and view this years Write for Rights Cases and see how you can take part.

Please Join Us and Together our Words can Make a Difference

Write for Rights poster

Download our Write for Rights Poster to help promote our event

Amnesty Christmas cards are on sale in packs of ten for £4.45 or singly for 45p

You can purchase the Amnesty Christmas cards from the recently opened Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop as well as our Amnesty Norwich Bookshop

The Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop
at 15 St Stephens Street, Norwich
Open: Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm

Amnesty Christmas cards are also available at

Amnesty Norwich Bookshop
152a Unthank Road, Norwich
Open: Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5:30pm

Amnesty Christmas Cards

Amnesty cards range include:

  • Shine a light
  • Snowdrops
  • Winter Woodpecker
  • Boxing Day Print (Blank inside)
  • Four Wrens
  • Silver birches
  • Peace Dove
  • Joyful and Triumphant
  • Geoffrey the cat
  • Coming Home for Winter (£3.99 per pack).

A displaced mother and child struggle to hold darkness and despair at bay, during a punishing trek from their devastated, war ravaged homeland to a destination of perceived safety and security.

To research the play writer/director Steve Lambert visited The Lebanon and camps on the Syrian border to learn of the desperate measures people can be forced to endure as they strive to survive. In the UK he worked with refugee communities and support organisations to develop a drama that is true to their experiences of fleeing conflict and, sometimes, certain death.

The Journey by Badac Theatre Company

With a cast of that includes refugees, some facing an uncertain future in the UK, The Journey tells of the emotional, psychological and physical effects experienced by those forced to flee their homes.

This fearless, intense and immersive theatre production focuses on the experiences of refugees from across the globe.

For more information and to book online:
https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/the-journey-by-badac-theatre-company/

Since the company’s launch in 1999, Badac’s work has always focused on human rights issues. Their unflinching work is brave, dark, all-consuming and stunning in every meaning of the word. Often moving and affecting, it provokes extreme reactions and polarises opinions.

“The visceral power of Badac’s work is extremely rare” – Steven Berkoff

“Frontline theatre in a war for truth” – Exeunt

“Badac are one of British theatre’s best kept secrets” – Battersea Arts Centre

Books for Amnesty Norwich is now open on Unthank Road.

amnesty bookshop norwich front

amnesty bookshop norwich interior

amnesty bookshop norwich books

Books For Amnesty
152a Unthank Road
Norwich
NR2 2EB

Opening hours
Wed – Sat

Contact us:
Tel: 01603 627078

Saturday 22nd September
The Forum in Norwich
9am to 4pm

Can you help at our stall?

We want to encourage members of the public visiting the event to take part in Amnesty’s campaigns.

If you could spare an hour or so it would be very much appreciated.

Please do get in touch letting us know what time is suitable for you via info@norwichamnesty.org.uk

Events throughout the day at Peace Camp will involve:

  • Official opening by Lord Mayor of Norwich
  • Peace Cycle
  • Children’s Activities
  • Refreshments and something for Everyone

Peace Camp 2018

For more information about the Norwich Peace Camp, please visit https://norwichpeace.org

Thank you
David Huband
Chair
Norwich Amnesty

The evening celebrating refugees on September 3rd was a very successful event, a sellout with about 80 people attending, and a total raised for New Routes from ticket sales and the collection of £600.

You can view photos from the evening in our Gallery section https://www.norwichamnesty.org.uk/gallery-item/evening-of-music-poetry-and-socialising-september-2018/

Thank you to everyone who attended and help us raise such a great amount for New Routes.

In January 2018, Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison after being convicted of incitement, aggravated assault and obstructing Israeli soldiers.

She was set free 21 days short of completing the eight-month prison sentence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Ahed al-Tamimi appears in Court

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – JANUARY 01: The 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed al-Tamimi (R), who was awarded the “Hanzala Award for Courage” in Turkey, appears in court after she was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers, at Ofer Military Court in Ramallah, West Bank on January 01, 2018. (Photo by Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Who is Ahed Tamimi?

On 15 December 2017, Ahed Tamimi and her family were protesting against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In a horrifying turn of events, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. He required intensive surgery, where part of his skull was removed, in order to dislodge the rubber bullet.

Later that day, Ahed also came face to face with Israeli soldiers, when they entered the yard of her family’s house.

A video, which has since gone viral, shows the unarmed teenage girl slapping, shoving and kicking two armed Israeli soldiers who are wearing protective gear. It was clear she posed no actual threat to them.

She was swiftly arrested and detained. Following a trial where she was accused of aggravated assault and 11 other charges, Ahed was then sentenced to eight months in prison on 21 March 2018. She was also given a 5,000 shekel fine (around £1,000).

To make matters worse, her trial happened behind closed doors, which was clearly against Ahed’s interests. We believe this was a blatant attempt by the Israeli authorities to reduce the amount of media attention and international outcry her case was receiving.

You can read more about this Ahed case at:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/ahed-tamimi-palestinian-teen-released-israeli-prison

Quiz & Dips
Saturday 23rd June

We do hope you will sharpen your wits once again for our annual Amnesty Quiz & Dips – an important fund-raiser as well as a really fun evening.

This years event will be taking place on 23rd June with a
7pm arrival for a prompt 7.30pm start.

The quiz is taking place at St Thomas’s Church Hall, Earlham Road in Norwich.

As always, you are welcome to bring your own group of eight people, or join others to make up a table of eight.

We provide the quiz and the dips (as well as platters of cheeses, crackers, chutneys and fruit), and you are invited to bring your own drinks and any other extras on which to feast and enjoy.

Ticket price: £8.50 per person

Please contact me on quizdips@norwichamnesty.org.uk for tickets and any further information.

We are always full by the evening, so do let me know as soon as possible if you would like tickets.

Kind regards

Debbie Campbell
Norwich Amnesty

Amnesty Street Collection on Saturday June 30th

Could you and your friends spare an hour between 10am and 4pm to help with this years Amnesty Street Collection in Norwich city centre ?

The annual street collection is one of Norwich Amnesty’s main fundraising events, and important because not only does it raise money for Amnesty’s hugely valued work worldwide, but also reminds the public that we are active in the city.

All proceeds go to Amnesty International.

If you can help, please contact Nicky Leach at street.collection@norwichamnesty.org.uk and let her know what time of day would suit you best.

We shall be based at The Greenhouse in Bethel Street, Norwich from 10am.

The latest news is that work on refitting the shop in Unthank Road (on the corner of Onley Road) has now started, and it is hoped to be open on or around July 9th, with an ‘official’ launch in September.

Volunteering

Interviews for volunteer helpers have already started in Norwich, and anyone interested in volunteering should contact David Float on david.float@amnesty.org.uk please.

Donating Books

Please contact David Float about donations of books, which will be very welcome.