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Thanks for reading. This issue of the newsletter concentrates on how we can work together as a local Amnesty Group. There are loads of opportunities to get involved and meet likeminded people in and around Sheffield. From informal letter writing (this Wednesday) to running a stall at a local fair, we’ve got a variety of activities planned for the coming year. Please let us know what you think about our draft events programme.

We hope to see you soon,
The Committee, Sheffield City Amnesty International


Good News

Refugee Family Reunion Bill
On 16th March, the Refugee Family Reunion Bill passed to the next stage as 129 MPs voted to bring refugee families together. Thank you if you took the time to contact your MP. Find out more here


Upcoming Events from Sheffield AI

March Letter Writing
Wednesday 28th March, 7pm to 9pm
University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG
An opportunity to write letters to stand up for human rights across the world in a relaxed setting. No previous letter writing experience required! Templates, stamps and paper provided. We’ll be in one of the rooms upstairs trying to look obvious!

Amnesty International UK AGM Resolutions
Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 6pm to 8pm
upstairs at the Blue Moon Café, 2 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW
Please read all resolutions in advance and come ready to discuss your view on how the local group should be voting in the Amnesty International UK AGM. Resolutions and further information can be found here

April Main Meeting
Wednesday 11th April, from 7.15pm
Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB
Join us for our monthly meeting where we discuss the importance of human rights, learn about latest cases from around the world and come together to celebrate and defend human rights in our local community.


Get Involved with Sheffield AI

Become a member
Membership allows you to vote on financial decisions (and technically on AGM business), but mainly goes towards paying for room hire, postage, stall hire etc. We are very grateful for all individuals who support the group in this way. For more information, click here.
 
Stay in touch
New data protection rules (GDPR https://www.eugdpr.org/ for more information) require positive consent for all data held (such as emails and names that AI Sheffield hold). If you would like to stay in touch beyond May it would be great if you could consent to Amnesty Sheffield using your information for that purpose by clicking here.

Tell us what you want to do
We’ve created a simple form to collect information about what you might want to do with the local group. Take a minute to fill it in here.


Take Action

  • End indefinite detention in the UK. Find out more here.
  • Free Turkish Human Rights Defender. Find out more here.
  • Or choose from all of Amnesty International Actions, listed here. 

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Welcome to the newsletter of Amnesty International Sheffield listing upcoming events, latest news and information from your local group. Just a reminder that our meetings are free and open to everyone, you don’t have to be a member of Amnesty International or the local group to come along.

With best wishes, the Committee.


Urgent Action: I Welcome campaign.

Email your MP now, to urge them to attend Parliament this Friday, 16th March, and to vote in favour of a change in the law which will allow refugee children to be joined by their immediate family members. More information available here.


Upcoming Events from Sheffield AI

March Main Meeting
Wednesday 14th March, from 7.15pm

Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

Join us for our monthly meeting where we discuss the importance of human rights, learn about latest cases from around the world and come together to celebrate and defend human rights in our local community.This week we will be focusing on Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for… health and well-being’.

Human Rights in Turkey
Thursday 22nd March, 6pm to 8pm
Sheffield University, The Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2NT

There will be a panel discussion about the human rights situation and latest updates from Turkey featuring three speakers including, Richard Williams – Amnesty International’s Turkey Coordiantor in the UK. This is a joint event between SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration Asylum Action Group), Sheffield Amnesty International and the Politics Society, Sheffield University. More information to come.

March Letter Writing
Wednesday 28th March, 7pm to 9pm
University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG

An opportunity to write letters to stand up for human rights across the world in a relaxed setting. No previous letter writing experience required! Templates, stamps and paper provided. We’ll be at the three tables near the bar.


Other Local Events
Opportunities to engage with issues of human rights in the local community.
 
Sheffield Hallam University Amnesty International Society Launch
Wednesday 14th March, 5.30pm to 7pm

Heart of the Campus, Lecture Theatre 0.06, Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent, S10 2BP

Join students from Sheffield Hallam University as they launch their own Amnesty International group. There will be guest speakers talking about why human rights are still relevant in the world we live in today, including UN humanitarian aid worker and author Professor Conor Foley.This is a free event open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided but please book your ticket here.


Amnesty International UK News and Events

AGM and National Conference
Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th April

If you are a member of Amnesty International UK, you are invited to the AGM and conference. We can subsidise the costs for one person to attend as Sheffield Group’s representative. If you are interested, please email the committee as soon as possible. For more information on the AGM, click here.
 
Annual Report
Amnesty International’s report, The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today. To access more information and download your own copy of the report, click here.

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Performing a rap at November meeting for Amnesty International Sheffield!

See the intro rap here!

As Amnesty International Sheffield Secretary, I am keen to find new ways to raise money to support the valuable work Amnesty Sheffield. As a fan of the UK hip-hop and grime scene, I thought challenging myself to create a rap with any words or phrases suggested would be a fun and innovative way to raise money! I will be performing the first section at the November meeting. So far, the following words or phrases have already been included:
• British Standard 14181
• Double-Glazing
• Shortie George

You can propose a word to be added to the rap and donate to Amnesty on the JustGiving page here.

Iran Event a big success!

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On Thursday 2nd November, Amnesty International Sheffield, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, and the University of Sheffield Politics Society hosted the latest in a series of talks examining the causes of the refugee crisis – this time focusing on Iran and the human rights situation there. Continue reading “Iran Event a big success!”

Come Along This Thursday – Iran & Refugees Event

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This is a joint event organised by SYMAAG, the University of Sheffield Politics Society, and Amnesty International Sheffield. We will discuss the Human Rights struggles in Iran, and why so many Iranians are forced to become refugees.

Speakers include Amnesty International researcher Raha Bahreini and journalist Yassmanie Mather. There will also be excellent Persian music from Arash Sabet!

Please come along, FREE EVENT no tickets required.
Thursday at 18:00–20:00
The Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 5 (basement floor), 12 Bolsover Street

Film Showing

the penaltyWe had a great turnout of around 60 people last week at a very powerful film about the death penalty in the United States which followed the family of someone murdered, a defence lawyer, and someone incorrectly accused and on death row for 15 years.

Dr Katherine Ebury from the English Department at the University of Sheffield hosted the evening with support from Amnesty Sheffield. It took a few minutes to collect our thoughts after the film, but we had a discussion including topics around public opinion on the death penalty (and other human rights concerns including refugees), years on death row, and our reactions to the individual stories. Continue reading “Film Showing”