Report: Amnesty Taunton group meeting June 2014

24 Jun

Amnesty has become increasingly concerned about the policing of large scale demonstrations in Brazil.  We wrote letters on behalf of Edison Silva dos Santos and Douglas Rafael Pereira da Silva, two unarmed young men who were shot dead during demonstrations.  No one has been held accountable for their deaths, and Amnesty International continues to receive reports of excessive and unnecessary violence by the police.

Read more here and call on the Brazilian authorities to defend human rights at the World Cup.

We discussed Amnesty’s Stop Torture campaign and our work to end the Death Penalty.  We learned of the success of ex-MEP Sir Graham Watson in getting a response from Baroness Ashton about EU actions for prisoners of conscience in Burma, with particular reference to our prisoner Dr Tun Aung.

Watch (and listen!) out for our group in Taunton Town Centre, supported by the Blackdown Samba Band, on Saturday 28th June.

Our next meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday 8th June at the Silver Street Baptist Church and will include a workshop on the Human Rights Act in the UK. All are most welcome.

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