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Write for Rights campaign 2018

13 Dec

AI 8 Dec 2018Our meeting in December was transformed into a Write for Rights event, held by kind permission at St Mary’s Church, Taunton during their Saturday Coffee Morning on 8th December.

Every December Amnesty International worldwide picks 12 people or causes who are suffering persecution in some form, and writes to them and to the authorities in their country. Last year people in 208 countries sent 5.5 million letters, cards, emails and social media posts. More than 430,000 helped to protect Chinese housing activist Ni Yulan; nearly 875,000 demanded the release of 11 human rights activists in Turkey – all are now free!

On Saturday visitors, including the Mayor of Taunton and her consort, came to our stall and signed cards. This year’s campaign supports women all around the world who do extraordinary things to protect human rights, including Pavitri Manjhi, harassed for standing up to big business in India; Atena Daemi, jailed for speaking out against the death penalty in Iran; and Seyi Akiwowow, bombarded with online abuse for speaking up in the UK.

If you’d like to write to any of the people in this year’s Write for Rights campaign you’ll find all the details here.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Friends Meeting House, Bath Place – all are welcome.

Report from our January meeting

15 Jan

WriteforRights2017.jpgEvery year, thousands of people in the UK write letters in solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses around the world as part of Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign.

We were delighted to be able to host another Write for Rights event in December, by kind permission of St Mary’s Church, Taunton. Among the people we talked to we were happy to welcome the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Hazel Prior-Sankey and Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, who were both positive and supportive. We posted off some 60 cards and letters to Prisoners of Conscience and their supporters.

At our January meeting we heard members’ reports and discussed future initiatives. We spent some time considering international issues and the effects of Amnesty’s work. Our ‘I Welcome’ Exhibition on refugees was staged in Taunton Library for a week last autumn; it’s hoped it will be on show at The Brewhouse in spring, and at Blundells School, Tiverton.

Further disquieting reports flood out from Myanmar (Burma) about the horrific treatment of the Rohingya people; the UN’s Special Rapporteur has been banned from visiting the country.

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th February at The Friends’ Meeting House in Bath Place, Taunton; visitors are always welcome.

Write for Rights 2017

4 Dec

W4R17-mosaic-1000pxInstead of its usual monthly meeting in December, the Taunton Amnesty Group is holding a Write for Rights stall at St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square (off Hammet Street), Taunton TA1 1SA, on Saturday 9th December from 10am–2pm. Please come along and sign a greetings card to a prisoner of conscience.

Light refreshments available in Magdalene’s Coffee Shop.

We hope to see you there!

Next Taunton Amnesty Meeting

7 Nov

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14th November at the Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton from 7.30-9.30pm (nearby parking behind Boots). Join us for news about Amnesty International’s campaigns, letter signing and more. There will also be a short talk on human rights in Eastern Europe.

There will be no meeting in December, but instead we will be holding our Write for Rights stall on Saturday 9th December from 10am–2pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA. Please come along to write messages of support to people around the world who have suffered injustice. Magdalene’s Coffee Shop will also be open for light refreshments.

Hope to see you there!

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Human Rights Day 10th December

5 Dec
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A selection of some of the books we are donating to Taunton Library.

To mark Human Rights Day on Saturday 10th December, the Taunton Amnesty Group is donating a range of books on human rights and related topics to Taunton Library. There will be a display of some of these books in the library from 10th December – do go along and borrow one of these thought-provoking titles to show that Taunton cares about human rights!

Also on Saturday 10th December we will be holding a Write for Rights event from 10am to 2pm in St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton. We’ll be writing greetings cards containing messages of support to prisoners of conscience across the world. Please come along and sign a card, which could help to change a life. Tea, coffee and refreshments available at the church coffee shop. We hope to see you there!

Please note: we are not holding our usual monthly meeting on Tuesday 13th December.

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Report from our November meeting

14 Nov

raft2The highlight of our November meeting was a talk by Federica Smith on the organisation she founded 18 months ago: RAFT – Refugee Aid From Taunton. By ingenuity, persistence and learning as they go, RAFT has sent aid to, among other needy places, Syria, Uganda (for Sudanese refugees), and the Ukraine. Their next shipment is to Lebanon.

So far they have dispatched 116 vanloads. Nothing they are given is wasted: if it’s unsuitable it will be sold and the money donated. Unusable clothes are sold for rags, some are swapped. They help the homeless in Taunton too, and local refugees. It is an admirable story. They’re based in the old Market House at Firepool (pictured). Find them on Facebook or visit their website at: www.refugeeaidfromtaunton.org.uk

Our Monthly Action was to write to Theresa May pleading for her to intervene for the children of Aleppo: ‘If you tolerate this, our children could be next. Every war crime we allow to go unpunished – by any party to this brutal conflict – makes the world more dangerous.’

Our Write for Rights Action this year will coincide with the Saturday Coffee Morning run at St Mary’s Church, Hammet Street, Taunton. We will be there on Saturday 10th December, Human Rights Day, from 10am until 2pm. We send cards, and letters, to those suffering human rights abuses around the world, and ask you to come and get involved: by sending a card or writing a letter, you can change a life.

On the same day we are donating a collection of books on human rights and related topics to Taunton Library in Paul Street.

Please note: there will be no monthly meeting in December, but our first meeting in 2017 will be on 10th January at 7.30 in the Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place. We’ll be delighted to welcome you there.

Report from our December meeting

15 Dec

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This was our Write for Rights evening, which, as has become customary, we spent writing cards to prisoners of conscience and their families, and letters to the authorities in their countries, pleading their cause.

Letters of solidarity can make a real difference to a prisoner wrongly detained, for family members waiting for news of a loved one who has ‘disappeared’, or for a torture survivor fighting for justice. A letter can also remind an abusive government that the world is watching.

Our monthly action focused on one of the Write for Rights cases: the problems that women in the sub-Saharan country of Burkina Faso in West Africa have in resisting early forced marriages, getting access to contraception and other basic sexual health services and information. We wrote to the President urging liberalisation in these matters.

Among others we wrote to Saudi Arabia for imprisoned human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, to Malaysia for political cartoonist Zunar, to Syria for Rania Alabbasi, a dentist, and her six children, ‘disappeared’ since 2013.

The meeting had a lighter side too: members had brought festive food, which we enjoyed while we also made decorations for the Amnesty Christmas Tree at the United Reformed Church’s Christmas Tree Festival (pictured).

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016 to all our followers and supporters!

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