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Our Amnesty York group meets monthly to plan campaigns, lobbying and fundraising events. We are always looking to welcome new members to the group. No prior knowledge required - just an interest in protecting human rights!

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Meetings are currently taking place via Zoom.

About Amnesty International, YORK

Our group is made up of like minded people who want to do their bit to protect humanity and human rights around the world.
We organise fundraisers such as: quizzes, ceilidhs and writing competitions.

We do letter writing to support prisoners of conscience. Our group enjoys links with local organisations such as York Pride and Refugee Action Week.

We often welcome specialist speakers to our meetings, who share their first hand experiences as human rights defenders around the world. Our aim is to spread awareness of the important work of Amnesty International and encourage active engagement in standing up for human rights.

Who are Amnesty International?

Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. It has more than 10 million members worldwide. Amnesty works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

They investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Visit the Amnesty International Website to find out more.

An individual has a right to seek asylum anywhere in the world. In practice it is easier in some places than others....

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, expresses his grave concerns on Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

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He will be speaking with the Archbishop of Ghana in the coming days to discuss the Anglican Church of Ghana’s response to the Bill. Follow this link to read more...

  • Azza Soliman "Amnesty is a headache for Egypt." – keep going!

    Another action for Azza Soliman, our friend of Amnesty York and human rights colleague

    As we know, the charges against Azza have been lifted. Unfortunately, the travel ban and freezing of assets remain. There is an appeal against these restrictions on December 13th. Please:

    - Send a letter by email to the President of Egypt (copy email to the Egyptian ambassador in London) supporting her appeal. Use the draft below, ideally personalised for more impact.

    - Tweet any or all of the Twitter messages below.

    ……………………….. Dear President,

    Azza Soliman and Case 173

    I warmly welcome the news that the case against many human rights defenders and NGO workers in Case 173/2011 has been dropped. However I am concerned that their travel bans and asset freezes have not been lifted. This includes Azza Soliman, founder of CEWLA, the Centre For Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance. Her case was dropped in August 2021, yet she is still under a travel ban and assets freeze despite the judge lifting these restrictions. Her third hearing appealing to have these restrictions lifted is set for 13th December.

    I am therefore asking that:

    • all restrictions against Azza Soliman be lifted.

    • the authorities drop Case 173 completely.

    • the authorities lift all travel bans and stop all asset freezes against all human rights defenders still subject to these measures.

    I welcomed Egypt’s publication of its Human Rights Strategy. It is clear to me that closing Case 173 completely would be in line with this strategy.

    Yours respectfully,

    Cc Ambassador Tarek Ahmed Ibrahim Adel

    ………………………. Messages for those on Twitter

    Free @AzzaSoliman1 from all restrictions at her hearing on 13th December #CloseCase173 @AlsisiOfficial

    Allow #AzzaSoliman to use her assets and to travel #CloseCase173 @AlsisiOfficial

    The judge dropped #AzzaSoliman's case. Why haven't her restrictions been dropped? #CloseCase173 @AlsisiOfficial

    Tag the North Africa team on Twitter @AIUKCCNAT

  • Uyghur classroom with armed guards URGENT ACTION - please support
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    UYGHUR held in solitary confinement for two years


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Amnesty York’s installation of the sea with a flotilla of origami boats (folded by Amnesty York, York for Europe and RAY) was displayed in the Minster’s South Piazza by the Roman column on Saturday October 23rd. This was in recognition of the thousands of people who try to cross the Mediterranean each year.

The display was the focus of many passers-by throughout the day. It was also an opportunity to make new Amnesty friends and meet up with established York group members. The Revd Canon Michael Smith joined us to express his support and undertook to remember those who perish in this way at evensong at the Minster.

Of those fleeing their homelands, some seek asylum, some flee poverty. This year, more than 700 (and counting) have drowned.

The stream of people will not stop until the world works together to solve the problems which send them on their journey. In the meantime, Amnesty International is pressing for:

— the creation of safe and legal routes to Europe for asylum-seekers (to put an end to people smuggling) along with a fair asylum assessment procedure.

- the end of the practice by FRONTEX, the EU border force, in cooperation with the Libyan coastguard of forcing people back to holding camps in Libya where they are forgotten, ill-treated and die.

- the end of prosecutions of people and organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières and Save The Children International for saving lives at sea (as is current, for example, in Italy).

* NB There are about 26 million refugees worldwide. In 2020, the UK had 35,770 asylum applications.

Linda — Amnesty York's ARTIST IN RESIDENCE has just produced these powerful posters

please, read them and act on them

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human rights defenders imprisoned in egypt


Human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah have been arbitrarily detained for 20 months without trial over unfounded terrorism-related accusations.

They are held in a maximum-security prison in inhumane conditions, with no protection from Covid 19, and subjected to discriminatory and punitive treatment.

These are concerns which have been identified, and posted on Facebook, by Amnesty International UK, which the York group are closely following. Please take action.

[TW: references to the death penalty] ❗ URGENT : HELP STOP THE EXECUTIONS OF TWO YOUNG MEN IN IRAN ❗ Hossein & Arman...

Posted by Amnesty International UK on Friday, 23 July 2021

URGENT, please please sign this

Posted by Amnesty International, York City UK on Thursday, 15 July 2021

Another urgent action being followed by the York group. Please respond your comments can make a real difference...

Posted by Amnesty International, York City UK on Wednesday, 14 April 2021

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