You are invited to take part in our vigil marking the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Dissapearance:

Vigil: Where is Ali?

5:30-6:30pm Wednesday 30th August

Outside Waterstones, High St, Birmingham, B4 7SL

In March 2012, Ali Mahmood Osman was arrested by the Syrian authorities for working as a citizen journalist in Homs. Since May 2012, his family have been given no contact with Ali, and have recieved no official information about his whereabouts or wellbeing: he has effectively been ‘disappeared’.

Ali is just one of thousands of vicitims of enforced disappearance around the world. The 30th August is a day to remember these people and their families – we will be holding a vigil in Birmingham city centre, and asking the Syrian authorities ‘where is Ali?’

All welcome to join us: if you can, wear black and bring a torch or other light-source.  Please remember this is a respectful vigil remembering the victims of human rights abuses.


Just a quick reminder that it’s our social meal this Thursday, 7:30pm at Cafe Soya.

All welcome, but please do try to drop an email beforehand to amnestybrum@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming (so we can book the right size table).

You are warmly invited to our annual

Summer Social Meal


7:30pm Thursday 10th August

at Cafe Soya, 2 Upper Dean St, Birmingham, B5 4SG

In August, instead of a formal meeting, we hold a social meal to relax, recharge and get to know each other better.And, as it’s Amnesty, there’ll be a quick human rights action for us to take part in.  All are welcome, please try to drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com to let us know if you’re coming (so we can book the right table size.)

Cafe Soya has a range pf Chinese and Vietnamese food and can cater for vegetarians, vegans and many other dietry requirements (such as gluten free). You can see their menu online.

This Tuesday, 25th July, from 6.00 pm for about an hour: 

  • we’re meeting again at Java Lounge, 124 Colmore Row, city centre, near the council house and town hall
  • to write or sign letters for specific Amnesty cases.

Look for us towards the back of the café. You can drop by for a short time or longer if you like.

See you there!

You are warmly invited to our fundraising

Social Canal Walk

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Meet 1pm Sunday 23rd July

at the Tap & Spile, Gas St Basin, Birmingham, B1 2JT

Join us for a leisurely walk along Birmingham’s canals, from the city centre to Selly Oak.  The walk is largely flat and easy going – so suitable for most walkers.  We’ll finish at a pub in Selly Oak for a cuppa (or something stronger!) where there are train and bus links back to town.

All welcome. To take part, just turn up and chip in a few quid towards AmnestyBrum’s work for human rights: minimum donation £2.

If it’s your first time at an AmnestyBrum event, why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you.

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

‘Meet’ our new Human Rights Defender


The rubble of a hospital in Syrai after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes © STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7:30pm

at Aston University Student Union

At AmnestyBrum we’ve recently been assigned the case of a human rights defender from Syria.  We’ll be learning about his work for human rights and how he has been persecuted for this; as well as planning how we can campiagn over a sustained period for his rights to be respected.

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 in the B4 bar (in the basement of the student union)

Being sent by some group members to their MPs:

“I wish to express my serious concern about the continued uncertainties to which fellow human beings from other EU countries living in the UK are being subjected. They are tired of being used as bargaining chips.  
The current proposals from the UK Government fall well short of guaranteeing the current rights of these people, in particular the jurisdiction by the European Court of Justice, and its lack of clarity is a real concern. 

The Government continues to create serious distress and disruption to the lives of many, including partners, friends, family, colleagues and others. You can read of their situations and reactions on http://www.ourbrexitblog.eu/ or in the book of individuals’ testimonies “In Limbo” (ed. Remigi, Martin, Sykes: http://amzn.eu/5Ywqmqu ) and on the website http://www.the3million.org.uk/ .

UK immigration law leaves much to be desired in terms of fair treatment of those who come to the UK from other countries, as they and the groups and individuals working on their behalf can testify (see eg http://www.cityam.com/245394/theresa-mays-hostile-environment-become-our-hostile-nation).

The continuing incidences of hostility towards those labelled migrants – including those from the EU – in the press, and in reactions to individuals or groups, needs to be actively countered by Government. Decent people are being made to feel very unwelcome here indeed, and this is a disgrace. Please see https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/Against-Hate-Briefing-AIUK.pdf for details from Amnesty.

Please urge the Government to meet EU representations fully and guarantee full rights for those from other EU countries who live in the UK, and to so to go well beyond the limited proposals made by the Prime Minister.”