Amnesty is a member-led organisation. Tomorrow (Thursday 8th May) the meeting of the Amnesty International Cambridge City Group will consist of the group AGM and a report from the national AGM. 
Hi all

Amnesty is a member-led organisation. Locally, nationally and internationally it needs dedicated activists to fight for human rights. Tomorrow (Thursday 8th May) the meeting of the Amnesty International Cambridge City Group will consist of two parts, focussing both on the national and the local role of activists. The meeting will be held at the Jesus Lane Friend's Meeting House at 7.45pm

The first part will be the local group AGM where officers will be elected for the coming year along with members of the committee. We will look back at the work done as well as look ahead and discuss the campaigns that the group may be involved in, such as the new Stop Torture campaign. Please come along, even if you are not a regular attender, as your input is valuable. You can see what we are doing and if you like, chose how you would like to be involved. 

The second part of the meeting will consist of a report from the group's delegate to the national AGM which was held in April in Edinburgh. This was an inspirational event where members from all over the UK came together for a weekend of learning, discussion, and decision-making. As a membership-led organisation, decisions made at the AGM are reflected in what we work on, and the way we work. (Click here for more information on the Amnesty UK website).

Both nationally and locally Amnesty cannot work without committed individuals. Therefore I hope that you will be able to come tomorrow.

Liesbeth ten Ham
Amnesty International Cambridge City Group

Ps All event dates for May are below.


Diary Dates 2014

Thursday 8th May, 7.45pm

Jesus Lane Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge 

Group AGM & report from AIUK AGM

The group's delegate to AIUK's annual general meeting will be reporting back to the group on proceedings there (click here for a link to the AGM on the Amnesty UK website). In addition, we will be holding the group's own AGM, including the election of new committee members. Nominations are invited for all positions, including chair, secretary, treasurer, internet officer, media officer and committee members.
Amnesty can only work through its members. Please do come along - even if you are not a regular attender - see what we are doing and, if you choose to, continue to join us occasionally, work through a group or contribute through the committee.
Contact: Liesbeth ten Ham,, for more information.

Tuesday 13th May, 7.30-9.30pm

Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre) 

Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting on anti-death penalty campaign actions

The letter writing meeting will focus on urgent actions for individuals at risk of being executed and anti-death penalty campaign actions. By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change. Newcomers are welcome - no previous letter writing experience required! Information, writing paper and envelopes supplied. You are welcome to bring and pass on information about cases in other countries. Donations to cover the cost of postage are welcomed. 
Contact: Sue Woodsford,

Tuesday 13th May, 7.30-9.30pm

East Hall, St John's Centre, St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds

4 short films, followed by discussion:

Yemen: DRONES (2013)
Yemen: People Smuggling (2013)
Mali: Targeting Islamists (2013)
Rwanda: Police State (2010)
For more information, please email

Saturday 17th May,  10.30am-1pm !!NEW DATE!!
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall

Market Stall

Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.  
Contact: Evvy Edwards,


Wednesday 21 May, 7.30pm - RSVP by Monday 12th May

Tulip Restaurant, 54 Mill Road, CB1 2AS

First Cambridge Amnesty Social/Fundraising Dinner

£15/£12.50 (unwaged)

Here's an invitation to the first Amnesty Social/Fundraising dinner - hope you can come! You are most welcome to bring along a friend or more, and we specially welcome people who don't make it to the group meetings but would like to be part of the Amnesty activities locally. 

Tulip is a friendly restaurant, run by a Kurdish family, serving traditional Anatolian food - plenty of choice for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Their review and info can be found here:
And their own site with menu is here:

They are charging us £12.50 per head (this covers three courses, but not drinks) and I propose charging £15 per head with £2.50 per person to go towards fundraising - anyone unemployed, a student or otherwise a bit skint (I won't be demanding proof so just decide for yourself) can simply pay the £12.50. We'll have jugs of water on the table so if you don't fancy buying drinks you won't need to, although I love their Ayran (yoghurt drink). It is just possible the £12.50 will come down slightly if we get high numbers booking so do drag some mates along : ) 

I'll need firm bookings by Monday 12 May so please get back to me by then if you would like to come. We're also inviting the student groups and the Amnesty Bookshop volunteers so there should be plenty of new people to get to know. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Lissy

Contact: Elizabeth Klaar,

Saturday May 31st, 7.30pm

Theatre Royal Writers' Group present poetry and prose in "A Vision of Peace"

Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds

Tickets £8 available at the door, or tel: 01284 725380 
More information:

Saturday 14th June, 12th July, 16th August, 13th September, 11th October, 15th November, 13th December, 10.30am-1pm 
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall

Market Stall

Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards,

Refugees and migrants are risking their lives to reach Europe. Many have fled conflict and poverty. If they make it to Europe's borders, they are often met with violence and ill-treatment and turned away without question.

Ask your MP to call on David Cameron to protect lives on Europe's borders at the EU this June.


Taking action Afghan Women Human Rights Defenders – Cambridge International Women’s Day Event 2014

Friends and supporters of Amnesty attending the March 8  IWD event at Anglia Ruskin University ran a photo action stall to support the Afghan Women’s Rights campaign.  Members of the CamIris womens photography group lent their expert help, and took over 40 photos for Amnesty.
We also had letters for the county’s MPs asking them to contact the Foreign Secretary to prioritise support for women human rights defenders in the country specific plan.
Everyone who came to find out about the campaign was genuinely shocked to hear about the extent of danger faced by women’s rights defenders, the extent of death threats, and the poor level of investigation of deaths.  “Holding a sign with a woman’s name on it brings home just how brave and determined these women have to be, it’s shocking that women have to make the choice to face death threats in their ordinary work”, said one supporter.
The IWD event included musical performances by Women of Note, and poetry from local poet Amanda Jervis (pictured) and rap poet Josephine 'Realitie' Rollings.


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