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ordinary people from around Norwich (Norfolk, UK) standing up for humanity and human rights
ordinary people from around Norwich (Norfolk, UK) standing up for humanity and human rights

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From the worsening plight of refugees around the world to mass unlawful killings, from the vicious crackdowns on dissenting voices to the rise of hate speech across Europe and the USA, the world in 2016 became a darker and more unstable place.

Our annual report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, warns that an ‘us v them’ climate of blame, hate and fear is undermining the very foundations of universal human rights in 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZmP0zaJwXc

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The Norfolk & Norwich Festival are looking for local people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be participants in an unique interactive performance ‘We meet in paradise’ by Berlin-based artists TheatreFragile, part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival want to bring unheard voices to the centre of this interactive performance that poetically presents the complex issues of exile.

- Are you or have you been a refugee or asylum seeker?
- Do you or have you worked closely with refugees?
- Are you interested in the performing arts and storytelling?

http://www.norwichamnesty.org.uk/2017/03/norfolk-norwich-festival-2017-looking-local-people-ages-take-part-unique-interactive-performance/

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Our February 15th meeting starts Early at 7pm

To give everyone time to make the Border Control Play at the Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, we are starting our monthly meeting early at 7pm.

Tickets for the play are available at https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/border-control/ if you haven’t booked yet.

We look forward to seeing you for our monthly meeting.
http://www.norwichamnesty.org.uk/monthly-meetings/

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Members of Norwich Amnesty joined other Amnesty groups and a wide range of individuals and groups on Saturday 17th September for the “Refugees Welcome” March in London.

It was a great event, with a wide range of participants, all showing that Britain is a welcoming place for Refugees and hopefully sending a message to the government to do their part in accepting Refugees from the huge number currently living in camps across Europe after making life threatening journeys from their home countries to try for a better life.

http://www.norwichamnesty.org.uk/2016/09/norwich-amnesty-refugees-welcome-march/
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Can you help us on 16th July at Norwich Peace Camp?
We will have a stand at the Norwich Peace Camp on Saturday 16th July, at The Forum in Norwich.

The event is from 9am to 4pm, with lots of stalls and fun events.

Can you help at our stall?
We have spots for help throughout the day, 9am to 4pm, so if you could spare an hour or so to help on our stall we would be most grateful.

Please do get in touch letting us know what time is suitable for you via: peacecamp.help@norwichamnesty.org.uk
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We hope to see you at our monthly meeting this Wednesday May 18th.

Below is our Agenda for this months meeting:

* Welcome and apologies
* Minutes of last meeting
* Matters arising
* AOB
* Campaigns
* - Atena Farghadani
* - Monthly Action (JK)
* - Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan (DF)
* - Refugee crisis (Letter from Norfolk County Council, Letter to new Chairman, UN initiative) (DH)
* - The HRA (update)
* - The death penalty worldwide (AIUK report) (DH)
* Events
* - Street Collection (NL)
* - “Born to be Free” – UNA talk by Mark Little May 20th FMH
* - Amnestea (Martineau Hall 3pm May 28th) (LH)
* - “Is Prostitution a Choice?” Diss Group talk June 20th
* - Sponsored Walk (June 25th) DY
* - Peace Camp (July 16th) (DY)
* - Pride Day (DY)
* - Conscientious Objectors Exhibition at Friends’ Meeting House (May 15th - 29th)
* AOB

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Israel Apartheid Week
You are invited to a number of events in the coming weeks in Norwich. All of the events take place upstairs in the Union building at the UEA

Tuesday 23rd February
'The Illegality of the Occupation' - A talk by Salma Karmi-Ayyoub
6.30pm
Bookable Room 1
Upstairs in the Union building at UEA

Thursday 25th February
'The realities of Israel-Palestine on the ground' - A talk by Ben White
6.30pm
Bookable Room 1
Upstairs in the Union building at UEA

Friday 26th February
'The Gatekeepers' Film Screening
6.30pm
Bookable Room 5
Upstairs in the Union building at UEA

Tuesday 1st March
'Isreal and Palestine - The realities of the conflict and why we must end it'
- A talk by Naomi Wayne, Jews For Justice For Palestinians
6.30pm
Bookable Room 1
Upstairs in the Union building at UEA

You can read more about Israel Apartheid Week online at http://apartheidweek.org/

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There are many human rights that are routinely denied to women and girls because of their gender. This day will focus on many women’s human rights issues, and especially on how we can make a difference together.

Saturday 6th February
Jesus Lane Friends’ Meeting House, Cambridge

Organised by: Amnesty Cambridge

All are welcome to attend and to contribute

Keynote speaker
Azza Soliman
Women’s human rights defender and co-founder of the Center for Egyptian’s Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA)

Workshops
Artist Hilary Cox Condron will lead on an all-day-drop-in workshop in making a “My Body My Rights” Banner, which will be used in Cambridge in the coming months.

Three other workshop take place in the morning:

Amnesty’s “My Body My Rights” campaign
Women in Politics
Everyday feminism
Panel discussion
Campaigning for Women on the Move

Call to Action & stalls
During the day there will be opportunities to sign letters and petitions

Conference programme
Between 9.45am – 4.30pm

Venue
Jesus Lane Friends’ Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge UK CB5 8BA

Registration
Costs are £7 for the whole day with lunch
and
£3 for either the morning or the afternoon without lunch

Register at: https://form.jotformeu.com/60061311388347

If you would like to attend, but do not have PayPal and thus cannot pay the registration fees, please e-mail the organisers, Amnesty Cambridge on amnestycambridgecity@gmail.com .

Venue & getting there
Jesus Lane Friends’ Meeting House ,12 Jesus Lane Cambridge UK CB5 8BA

Getting to the Meeting House

The Meeting house is at the corner of Jesus Lane and Park Street near the city centre (next to the ADC Theatre).

Cycle: There is a large cycle park immediately outside the Meeting House.

Bus: Many city and country routes pass near the Meeting House. Drummer Street bus station is within ten minutes’ walk.

Car: Park Street car park is within two minutes’ walk. Approach via Jesus Lane only. Charges for Saturday for over 5 hours are however £24. More details here: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/content/park-street-car-park

Park & Ride bus service, from either Madingley Road or Newmarket Road, stops in Bridge Street, within five minutes’ walk. Parking is £1 and the return fare is £2.70. Further details here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20149/park_and_ride

Blue Badge holders: Approach via Jesus Lane only and park in the designated bay opposite 6—11 Jesus Lane.

Further information and Registration
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/cambridge/regional-amnesty-international-conference-womens-rights


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Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been summoned to return to prison to resume serving his 13-year sentence though he is critically ill and doctors have advised against stopping his specialized medical care. He has been on medical leave since mid-June 2015. If he returns to jail, he will be a prisoner of conscience.

Please help with this campaign.

http://www.norwichamnesty.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/ailing-blogger-told-to-return-to-prison/

Norwich Amnesty January Open Monthly meeting

We hope to see you at our monthly meeting this Wednesday January 20th.
This promises to be an excellent meeting.
The refugee crisis is worsening by the day as the weather deteriorates, and we are privileged to have an expert who has researched this subject to speak to us. If you have not been to a meeting for a while, now would be a very good time to rejoin us.
You will be very welcome.
with best wishes for 2016
David Huband (Chair)

Below is our Agenda for this months meeting:
* Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising.
* AOB
* Campaigns
* - Monthly Action - CHRN action Brazil (JK)
* - Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan (DF)
* - Guantanamo (DH)
* - Online petitions - UK sales to Saudi-Arabia, Ashraf Fayadh, Refugees to UK
* Speaker
* - Alexandria Innes (UEA): Mediterranean migration: myths and crises
* Events
* - PGCE Day at UEA (DF/SM)
* - Poetry evening for Ashraf Fayadh
* - Octagon Service
* - Regional Conference (Cambridge, Feb. 6th.)
* - Street Collection (May 7th.)
* - Fundraising Events - Quiz Night, Sponsored Walk (DY)
* AOB
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