Can you Help at our Street Collection in Norwich on 14th October?

Can you and your friends spare an hour on Saturday 14th October 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.

Norwich Street Collection
on
Saturday October 14th

We would be very grateful if you could give an hour of your time on Saturday October 14th to help.

Let’s try to beat last years total of £223

We shall be based at The Greenhouse in Bethel Street.

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.

Norwich Amnesty hosted Social Evening for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Review

We hosted a social evening for Refugees and Asylum Seekers at the Rumsey Wells as part of our monthly meeting in July 2017. Read more

Chechnya: stop abducting and killing gay men

Over a hundred men suspected of being gay have been abducted, tortured and some even killed in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.

The Chechen government won’t admit that gay men even exist in Chechnya, let alone that they ordered what the police call ‘preventive mopping up’ of people they deem undesirable.

Amnesty urgently need your help to call out the Chechen government on the persecution of people who are, as they put it, of ‘non-traditional orientation’, and urge immediate action to ensure their safety.

Sign the Petition at Amnesty International 

Growing anti-gay sentiment

According to Novaya Gazeta, an atmosphere of anti-gay feeling has been growing in Chechnya since early March when local media reported that Moscow-based gay rights group GayRussia.ru had applied for permits to stage gay rights rallies across Russia, including in Muslim-majority regions.

Members of the NGO Russian LGBTI network have created a hotline offering help to those who may be looking for safety outside the region. However, there are also anonymous warnings online that some of the offers of help made over the internet may be used by criminals to track down other LGBTI individuals.

Amnesty need your help to call for prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya. Anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes must be brought to justice.

Read more about this Chechnya Campaign/Action and take action

Can you help us at Norwich Pride on Saturday 29th July?

Norwich Pride
Saturday 29th July

The Forum in Norwich
10am to 5pm

Can you help at our stall?

We will have a stand at the Norwich Pride.

If you could spare an hour or so during the day to encourage members of the public visiting the event to take part in one of the campaign activities on offer at the Amnesty stall, 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:

  • Stalls at The Forum and in Chapelfield Gardens
  • Parade from City Hall to Chapelfield Gardens
  • Question Time – Putting the politics into Pride
  • Fabulous Stage Show
  • Lovely rainbow goodies to buy
  • Inclusive, free, family-friendly atmosphere

For more information about the Norwich Pride, please visit https://www.norwichpride.org.uk

Thank you.

Join us on Wednesday 19th for our Monthly Meeting followed by our Refugees Welcome Social

We hope to see you at our monthly meeting this Wednesday July 19th.

Below is our Agenda for this months meeting:

  • AOB
  • Minutes of last meeting
  • Matters arising
    • Refugee subgroup and EDP
  • Tribute to Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo
  • Campaigns
    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Taner Kiliç (JK)
    • Uzbekistan (DF)
    • Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia petition (DH)
  • Events
    • ‘Come Yew In’ Street Theatre
    • Norwich Pride Day – July 29th.
    • PSC Petition – Segregation in Hebron
    • Rahma’s cycle ride to Jerusalem – Talk at FMH  August 5th. 10-11.30
    • Peace Demo and Procession – St. Peter Mancroft and Chapelfield Gardens August 5th. 12 noon.
    • ‘Give a home for human rights’ event 20th. September

Refugees Welcome Social

We will adjourn to the ‘Underbelly’ of the Rumsey Wells at 8.30 for this celebration with music and poetry.
Food for the event (labelled please) can be left there from 7 pm onwards.
All are welcome – particularly refugees and asylum seekers!

Next meeting Wednesday August 17th.

Can you help us at Norwich Peace Camp on Saturday 15th?

Norwich Peace Camp
Saturday 15th July

The Forum in Norwich
10am to 4pm

Can you help at our stall?

We will have a stand at the Norwich Peace Camp.

If you could spare an hour or so during the day to encourage members of the public visiting the event to take part in one of the campaign activities on offer at the Amnesty stall, it would be very much appreciated.

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

Events throughout the day

  • Official opening by Lord Mayor of Norwich at 11.00
  • Peace Cycle starting at Midday
  • Refreshments and something for Everyone

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

Thank you

Demand Amnesty Chair Taner Kiliç is Freed – Act Now

Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, has been detained in Turkey and wrongly accused of belonging to a so-called ‘terrorist’ group.

This is further proof of just how shockingly widespread and arbitrary Turkey’s post-coup crackdown has become.

Demand Amnesty Chair Taner Kiliç is Freed


Act Now – Email Turkey


More Information

Latest: Last night the Director of Amnesty in Turkey, Idil Eser and nine other were also detained. They must be released immediately.

Human rights champion wrongly accused

Taner Kılıç

On 6 June Taner Kılıç became the latest victim of the Turkish government’s sweeping purge after he was detained in the early hours along with 22 other lawyers based in Izmir on suspicion of involvement with the ‘Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation’ – labelled a “terrorist group” by the authorities.

On 9 June he was officially charged with membership of the organisation and remanded in pre-trial detention.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:

‘Taner Kılıç is a principled and passionate human rights defender. The charges brought against him today are completely without merit. They show just how arbitrary, just how sweeping, the Turkish government’s frenzied pursuit of its perceived enemies and critics has become. He must be released immediately and the charges against him dropped.’

Shocking lack of evidence

The only claim that supposedly links Taner to the Gülen movement is that Bylock – a secure mobile messaging application that the authorities say was used by members of the terrorist group – was discovered on his phone in August 2014.

No evidence has been given to back this up and Taner denies ever having downloaded or used Bylock. In fact, he says he’d never even heard of it until its alleged use by the Gülen movement was widely spread in the media.

Taner is neither a supporter nor a follower of the Fethullah Gülen movement and has in fact been critical of its role in Turkey. He must not face trial on the basis of such flimsy and inadequate accusations.

These charges have drawn widespread international condemnation, including from the US State Department, the EU and many international and domestic human rights organisations.

Government’s paranoid crackdown on perceived critics

The crackdown since the failed government coup on 15 July 2016 has been astonishingly widespread. The numbers reported by CNN as of April 2017 are as follows:

  • Detentions: 113,260
  • Arrests: 47,115
  • Journalists dismissed: 2,708
  • Media outlets shut down: 179
  • We expect these numbers to have risen even higher since.

Among other draconian measures are a ban on TV dating shows, which the Deputy Prime Minister has called “strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity”.

There has also been an attempt at online censorship, including a block on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and attempted blocks on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Taner’s detention shows how broad the coup has become, going beyond the police and armed forces, penetrating deep into civil society. The Turkish authorities must be held to account for violating the rights of so many citizens.

Action

Amnesty International have an Email action to Demand Amnesty Chair Taner Kiliç is Freed is Freed – Act Now

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Demand Amnesty Turkey Director Idil Eser is Freed – Act Now

Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, together with 10 others, was detained on 5 July in a grotesque abuse of power. Some are now being questioned on the baseless suspicion of ‘membership of an armed terrorist organisation’.

Demand Idil Eser and all those detained with her are freed immediately


Act Now – Email Justice Minister


More Information

Idil EserIdil Eser, along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers were attending a routine digital security and information management workshop in a hotel in Büyükada, Istanbul when the authorities burst in and detained them without giving a reason. The owner of the hotel was also detained.

For over 24 hours we didn’t know where they were. They weren’t allowed to contact their families or see a lawyer. We now know that some of them are being questioned on suspicion of ‘membership of an armed terrorist organisation’. There are many unanswered questions, but these accusations are completely baseless.

The names of all the human rights defenders detained are:

  • İlknur Üstün – Women’s Coalition
  • Günal Kurşun – Lawyer, Human Rights Agenda Association
  • Nalan Erkem – Lawyer, Citizens Assembly
  • Nejat Taştan – Equal Rights Watch Association
  • Özlem Dalkıran – Citizens’ Assembly
  • Şeyhmuz Özbekli – Lawyer
  • Veli Acu – Human Rights Agenda Association

Background

Human rights in Turkey

On 15 July 2016 there was an attempted coup against the Turkish government that failed. More than 300 people died and over 2,000 were injured in the violence. Since then the government has launched an astonishingly widespread crackdown. The numbers reported by CNN as of April 2017 are:

  • Detentions: 113,260
  • Arrests: 47,115
  • Journalists dismissed: 2,708
  • Media outlets shut down: 179

These have probably risen even higher in the last few months.

Among other draconian measures are a ban on TV dating shows, which the Deputy Prime Minister has called “strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity”.

There has also been an attempt at online censorship, including a block on Wikipedia, and attempted blocks on Facebook and Twitter amongst others.

Action

Amnesty International have an Email action to demand the release of Idil Eser

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Can you Help us Tonight at The Forum, Norwich?

Last night’s performance of “We Meet in Paradise” was a big success, and thanks to all Amnesty members who came.

We gave out nearly all the 100 leaflets on refugees that the subgroup had produced.

The production is being repeated this evening at the Forum, and it would be excellent if we could have as good a presence there too, so please come along if you can.

There will be an Amnesty stall, yellow tabards, and leaflets to distribute.

If you can come, please be there by 8.15pm.

The performance finishes at about 9.30pm and includes the distribution of free soup to the audience; what more could you ask for?

Hope to see you there.

David Huband
Chair
Norwich Amnesty

We Meet in Paradise

Join the Norwich Vigil for Peace on Saturday 6th May

Everyone are welcome to attend the next Vigil for Peace for 10 mins or for the whole hour.

Saturday 6th May
12 midday – 1pm
outside St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich

The vigil is a general gathering to expose people to the idea of peace, so there are always peace flags on site.

We will also have an Amnesty petition against Arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Peace Camp May