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Amnesty International is an independent worldwide human rights organization of
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a worldwide campaign movement working to promote the human rights
enshrined in the
Declaration of Human Rights
If you share our passion for protecting and
defending human rights around the world, and here at home, Amnesty
International Group 15 offers an effective way to help. We would be pleased
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( 3rd Tuesday of the month -
NO JULY MEETING)
Tuesday of each month ( NO JULY MEETING) ○ 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Greeley Room - 2nd Floor,
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
At our monthly meetings we
write letters on behalf of our own 'adopted' prisoners of conscience
and 'individuals at risk'. We also write letters as a part of
worldwide-coordinated "Urgent Action" cases, which address the
plight of people around the world in immediate danger because of their
ideas, and in some cases their non-violent work on behalf of those ideas. We
work on death penalty cases and campaigns against torture, violence against
women and children; countering terror with justice; GLBT and immigrant
rights. Considering joining us at our next meeting, We, and millions
around the world, need you! !
Event Notice: Detention without Trial: Decade 2 in the American Gulag
Public outcry against Guantanamo,
so great at the time of Obama's first inauguration, is now barely a flicker. The
prisoners who participated in 9/11 and other terrorist attacks have not been
brought to justice.The innocent prisoners have been forgotten..
closing Guantanamo still matters, now more than ever.
27, 3pm – 5pm
Unitarian Church, Lexington
Road, Concord, MA
See Calendar page for program details
Learn more about Amnesty
Amnesty Group Meetings to
Return to First Parish
Group 15, the Concord-area
chapter of Amnesty International, will once again hold its regular monthly
meetings at First Parish, beginning on Tuesday, September 20, at 7.m. The
group, which had held its meetings at the church for many years, has been
meeting at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center since First Parish began closing
on Tuesdays last year. Current plans are for the church to close on Mondays
instead of Tuesdays, beginning this fall..
The meeting will be held in the
Greeley Room on the second floor rear of First Parish. All are welcome. For
additional information, e-mail Lorraine Loviglio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amnesty International Group 15 Adopts the
Demand Dignity Campaign
Millions of people are imprisoned in poverty. Thousands die each
day from hunger and preventable disease. Untold numbers go without clean water,
education, and work. But poverty is not "natural"; nor is it intractable. Far
too often, it arises from human rights violations perpetrated by governments,
corporations, and international institutions. "It is," as Nelson Mandela said,
"man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."
Amnesty International is taking a stand beside people around the world who are
asserting their rights to lead lives of dignity. By lending our traditional
strengths of research and activism to the cause of eliminating human rights
violations that are both the cause and result of poverty, we can make a
difference in the lives of millions of people around the world and help realize
the vision of human dignity articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human
In coming year, Group 15 will address some of those specific issues at the
intersection of poverty and human rights:
including sex and child slavery, child soldiers
including maternal mortality
Feb. 02, 2010 Swiss Government Approves
Asylum for Two GITMO Uighurs
GENEVA -- The Swiss government on Wednesday approved the
resettlement of two Chinese inmates at Guantanamo as part of its commitment to
help President Barack Obama's administration close the detention center.
Click to read the full story
Relief funds help Guantanamo Uighur move forward
PALAU - A 38-year-old Uighur named Ahmad Abdulahad, was captured
in Afghanistan soon after the American invasion in October 2001. His left leg
was severely injured during an air strike at Qalai Janghi Prison near
Mazar-E-Sharif, where he was being held prior to his transfer to Guantanamo.
Ahmad’s leg was
amputated soon after his arrival in Guantanamo, and a prosthetic device was
supplied by the U.S. military. The prosthesis was never fitted properly. As a
result, Ahmad’s mobility has been very limited and he experiences chronic pain.
Whether he is walking, sitting, or standing, the prosthesis rubs against his
residual limb. This causes blistering, which is aggravated in the hot, humid
climate of Palau.
Click the photo of Ahmad to read the full story
June 2009 - Four Uighurs Freed from GITMO - Resettled in Bermuda
WASHINGTON — Four Chinese Muslims detained at
prison were recently freed
and resettled in Bermuda, sparking complaints
from China and Britain even as the Obama administration tried to iron out
details for sending more detainees to the Pacific island of Palau.
The four were among 17 Chinese Muslims,
or Uighurs, picked up in
Pakistan in 2001. They
remained at the military detention center in Cuba even after the U.S. government
had determined they weren't enemy combatants and should be released. Their fate
was in limbo for months while courts and nations debated their future.
"I went swimming in the ocean for the first time
and it was the happiest day of my life,”
Salahidin Abdulahat, 32,
told The New York Times."
View a Slideshow of the Four Released Uighurs