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Syria’s Disappeared

We watched the documentary made about the remarkable survivors and relatives and friends of victims of Syrian Government torture and atrocities, and their terrible experiences. Men and women campaigning for justice for those who did not survive or who have been left behind in Syrian jails (effectively torture camps) or otherwise forgotten.

There is an Amnesty blog post with links about the film, and the film website

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You are warmly invited to our September Meeting where the focus will be:

Human Rights in Syria

Thursday 12th October 2017 at 7:30pm

at Peace Hub, 41 Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Please note the venue, and that there are stairs up to the meeting room.

We’re pleased to welcome Amnesty International’s country coordinator for Syria to tell us about Amnesty’s latest research into the situation there, particularly in relation to human rights, and to consider how we can continue raising awareness and taking action.

Everyone is welcome to join us – we look forward to seeing you there.

If it’s you first time, why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you and to be extra friendly!  If you’d  like to join us for a friendly chat beforehand we’ll be having  a pre-meeting from 7:00 on the ground floor of the Peace Hub,

Event at University of Birmingham 11th October.

Letters at Java Lounge 

Our monthly letter signing for human rights defenders around the world.

From 6pm this Tuesday, 26th September, for about an hour.

Java Lounge is at the Council House end of Colmore Row (no. 124) in the city centre.

A basic level of accommodation should be a right, and homelessness in Britain never allowed to reach the shocking levels apparent in any major city today.Parks, city centre doorways on street after street, bear witness to this neglect for human beings, this disrespect of their lives.

We are back to the days of cardboard city, days which should never have returned.

Please read this piece by Birmingham-born-and-raised writer Lynsey Hanley on what is happening (author also of the incisive social commentary and autobiography of class and education in Britain, “Respectable“). 

Write to your MP, lobby your councillors, contact the Home Office, volunteer for a homeless charity or donate to a charity if you can. Consider your vote, when elections come up, and whether the party you support is really committed to tackling this waste of lives, this blight on society.

Incidentally, don’t blame “the EU”. This problem is of the UK’s own making, years of neglect of housing and more recent austerity-driven, benefits-cuts driven, ideological disregard for human rights.  There’s probably even European funding available through regional development sources or otherwise, if we stayed in, and the likely economic disadvantage of leaving won’t help finances.

Homelessness is a scandal. Don’t keep calm and carry on walking past.

Links:

To alert services to a rough sleeper: StreetLink

Your MP: via They Work for You for details.

This is from an email message from the 3 Million campaigning group.

Re: day of action for EU Citizens in the UK and British citizens in Europe, 13/09/2017.

Thank you.


“Dear fellow citizen,

(…)

British in Europe has been our partner since the letter to Theresa May in December and together with the3million, we are an irresistible force to advocate for #citizensrights, combining the strength of our grassroots with an incredible team of highly skilled and passionate volunteers

UNISON is affiliated with the3million and has been providing strategic advice and logistics support since their EU workers team linked up with us last year. This day of action could not have happened without UNISON

Migrants Rights Network is a remarkable charity, brokering conversations and negotiations between migrant community organisations and policy-makers, politicians and other authorities. 

Another Europe is Possible is a campaign run by Global Justice Now, which was very successful at getting MPs to sign a pledge for EU citizens in the running of the last General Election and agreed to re-purpose its campaign to support our day of action

European Alternatives is a pan-European citizens organisation empowering citizens to promote democracy and equality beyond the nation state. A theme much cherished by EU citizens.

Finally, Open Britain joined our ranks last week and we welcomed their support from their unparalleled grassroots network of pro-EU activists across the UK.

(…)

The rally is supported by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London and hosted by stand-up comedian and actress Gráinne Maguire and accompanied by the voices of 15 EU choirs for a magnificent finale before we leave the square. 

Our brilliant speakers come from a variety of background and organisations and will no doubt inspire you.

Featuring Joan Pons Laplan (the EU NHS nurse) and Valery Alzaga (NHS outreach), Christina McAnea (UNISON), Elena Remigi and Véronique Martin (In Limbo), Niccolò Milanese (European Alternatives), Barbara Hoefling, Anne-Laure Donskoy (the3million), Jane Golding (British in Europe), Matt Carr (a day without us), Mike Galsworthy (Scientists in EU), Wiktor Moszczynski, Gita Petkevica (Opal Transfer), James McGlory (Open Britain), Phil Jones (EU flag hero) and last but not least Sadiq Khan.

(..) This is our home. Share the love.

Kind regards,

Europeans regards,        

Nicolas

Nicolas Hatton is one of the founding members of the3million

More information at http://www.the3million.org.uk

You are warmly invited to our September Meeting where the focus will be:

Planning an Autumn of Human Rights

Autumn Spectrum 10/10/10

Photo: Mr Dale CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thursday 14th September 2017 at 7:30pm

at Peace Hub, 41 Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Please note the venue, and that there are stairs up to the meeting room.

This summer, we’ve learned about Ali, the human rights defender from Syria, whose case our group will be working on long-term.  At our September meeting, we’ll be thinking about how to raise awareness of Ali’s case with the public, and planning actions to get people engaged with Amnesty’s ‘BRAVE’ campaign to support human rights defenders.

Everyone is welcome to join us – we look forward to seeing you there.

If it’s you first time, why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you and to be extra friendly!  If you’d  like to join us for a friendly chat beforehand we’ll be having  a pre-meeting from 7:00 on the ground floor of the Peace Hub,