We have a stall at the Moseley Festival Street Fair this Saturday (23rd June) and are looking for helpers, especially between 12 and 2pm.  An extra person for 11am-12pm or 2-3pm would also be handy.  This is an outdoor community fair along the Alcester Road, Moseley.

We will be highlighting Amnesty’s ‘I Welcome Refugees’ campaign, informing the public and collecting signatures in support of ending indefinite detention and reuniting refugee families.  We provide all the materials and there’ll be some experienced activists around to help explain the issues.  The atmosphere at the fair is always very friendly and the weather forecast is looking fine, so it should be a great afternoon.

If you can help for an hour or two, please drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com


Amnesty overview:

  • The trial of former President Manuel Noriega relating to the enforced disappearance in 1970 of Heliodoro Portugal was suspended. An Indigenous community held protests against a hydroelectricity project that they said had not received their free, prior and informed consent. Civil society organizations denounced poor conditions at a naval prison.

Amnesty International (2018) Panama – overview. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/americas/panama/ (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Amnesty overview:

  • Prison conditions remained poor; hundreds of offenders with mental health problems or mental disabilities continued to be detained in inadequate prison wards. Several laws on professional secrecy introduced requirements for social workers to share private information regarding potential suspects of terrorism-related offences. Parliament introduced a number of restrictions to asylum and migration laws. A new law on legal gender recognition improved the rights of transgender people.

Amnesty International (2018 ) Belgium – overview. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/belgium/ (Accessed 13 June 18)

Portugal has come a long way since the days of military dictatorship which led Peter Benenson to found Amnesty International.

Being part of the EU and the European Convention of Human Rights are even more significant against this background (UK take note).

Amnesty’s overview:

  • Housing conditions for Roma and people of African descent remained inadequate. Portugal relocated fewer asylum-seekers than it was required to under the EU Relocation Programme. The government proposed legislation to strengthen the protection of transgender and intersex people’s rights. Parliament extended protection against hate speech and discrimination. (Amnesty International 2018 a)


Amnesty International (2018) Portugal – overview. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/portugal/ (Accessed 11 June 2018)

Spain has emerged impressively from the dark days of the Franco dictatorship and is a full member of the EU and signatory to the European Convention of Human Rights. There are, however, particular concerns over the treatment of Catalonian protestors and with the acknowledgment of crimes from the Franco times.

Overview (extract):

  • The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly of Catalan independence supporters were disproportionally restricted. Dozens of people were prosecuted for “glorification of terrorism” and “humiliation of victims” on social media. Law enforcement officials used excessive force against demonstrators (…). (Amnesty International, 2018)


Amnesty International (2018) Spain – overview. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/spain/ (Accessed 11 June 2018)

Torture, cruel punishments including floggings and amputations, suppression of freedom of expression, death penalty (including for those under 18 at the time of the crime).

Amnesty’s overview:

  • The authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as freedom of religion and belief, and imprisoned scores of individuals who voiced dissent. Trials were systematically unfair. Torture and other ill-treatment was widespread and committed with impunity. Floggings, amputations and other cruel punishments were carried out. The authorities endorsed pervasive discrimination and violence based on gender, political opinion, religious belief, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Hundreds of people were executed, some in public, and thousands remained on death row. They included people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

(Amnesty International, 2018)

Suggested actions:

  • Send a tweet in support of imprisoned Dr Djalali, information at the end of the entry linked here.
  • Read and follow the actions requested by Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband as he continues to fight for justice and her release from Evin prison.


Amnesty International (2018) Iran – overview. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/iran/ (Accessed 10 June 2018)

Mehrannia, V. (2018). Help bring my husband back … Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2017/04/help-bring-my-husband-back-one-womans-campaign-to-free-her-husband-in-iran/ (Accessed 10 June 2018)

Ratcliffe, R. (2018) Day 799 #FreeNazanin – the fourth candle. Available at: https://www.change.org/p/6989030/u/22860944?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_campaign=352138&sfmc_tk=PxGL8JeLBXqWWUJUh4atrWJt%2bdKt9YwRo2AdaUyOHN7OWIePX7pJbOmyYcIzzuiV&j=352138&sfmc_sub=206003592&l=32_HTML&u=62742076&mid=7259882&jb=815 (Accessed 10 June 2018)

Amnesty’s overview:

  • Journalists and protesters calling for social justice and political rights were imprisoned, often following unfair trials. Judicial authorities did not adequately investigate reports of torture in detention. Impunity persisted for past human rights violations. Migrants continued to face excessive force and detention. Courts imposed death sentences; there were no executions.

(Amnesty International, 2018)


Amnesty International (2018) Morocco and Western Sahara – overview. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/morocco/ (Accessed 10 June 2018)