Letter writing meeting this Tuesday 30th July with focus on human rights abuses in Latin America, CB2, 7.30-9.30pm

Dear Friend

Writing letters does make a difference, so please come and put pen to pape on Tuesday evening 30th July at 7.30pm at CB2 (Norfolk Street) for a letter writing evening with a focus on human rights abuses in Latin America. One of the cases is the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó.  Paper, pens and case information will be provided. We'll be upstairs as usual and no previous experience necessary.

We're also going to be in Market Square on Saturday 10th August with petitions and books for sale. The first meeting in September will be on Thursday 12th with a focus on Colombia and further campaigning for the Peace Community. 

Further information about the above events can be found below. 

I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

Liesbeth ten Ham
Amnesty International Cambridge City Group

Diary Dates

Tuesday 30th July, 7.30-9.30pm

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

Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting - Focus on Latin America

By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change. This letter writing meeting will focus on victims of human rights abuses in Latin America, including writing letters on behalf of the Peace Community of of San José de Apartadó in Colombia. 

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.  

Contact: Andrea Brandt von Lindau:

Saturday 10th August,  from 2-4.30pm 

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,

Thursday 12th September, 7.45pm

Jesus Lane Friend's Meeting House, Cambridge

Monthly group meeting: Human Rights in Colombia 

An expert on the Colombian human rights situation will give a talk on the current state of affairs in the country, as well as on the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. 

The Amnesty International Cambridge City Group has decided upon long term support for this community which was set up on 23rd March 1997. It includes people living in a number of hamlets and villages in north western Colombia in the municipality of Apartadó

There has been continuing armed conflict in Colombia for the last 40 years between the security forces and paramilitary groups and guerrilla groups. The Peace Community has pledged not to participate in this conflict and refuses to bear arms or give information or support to either side. This stance has been met with suspicion and hostility from all parties to the conflict. Since it was set up 170 members have been killed or disappeared and others threatened or sexually assaulted. The limited number of successful prosecutions that have (slowly) taken place to date have involved only low level paramilitaries and soldiers although there is clear evidence of collusion at higher levels. The aim of Amnesty's campaign is that civilians living in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó will be able to enjoy their lives there in safety.

Part of this meeting will be used to further discuss the group's campaign of support. Please join us to discuss, or if you cannot make the meeting but would be interested to become a part of this campaign, please e-mail Angie McKerral.

Contact: Angie McKerral,

End the use of torture in Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, the police and security forces frequently resort to torture and other ill-treatment to obtain confessions. Many victims of torture in pre-trial detention are left with physical and psychological injuries requiring long-term treatment, some die in custody. Those who do survive, often end up in prison after an unfair trial. 

In November 2012 the President of Tajikistan declared that torture would not be tolerated. As he stands for the next Presidential Elections in November 2013, ask him now to stand by his promise and put human rights at the heart of his campaign by creating a torture-free zone in Tajikistan:


Afghan Women's Rights event on International Women's Day 2013
2013 International Women's Day event in Cambridge for Afghan's Women's Rights. Picture by Soo Martin. 

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