Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
We are ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.

Abbey URC donates use of the Hall Lounge for the Romsey group’s meetings, we meet there on the third Monday of every month at 7.45pm. For more information about the group please phone 01794 515116 or see www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/romsey

  • We joined Southampton in March to hear Alex Jackson, all the way from Glasgow, speak about Eritrea. He had spent many years there, but since his return the democratic situation has deteriorated due to border disputes with Ethiopia, causing Human Rights abuses in an attempt to hold the small and vulnerable nation together.   As always, we welcome anyone who is interested on the third Monday of the month in the Church Lounge - tea and biscuits provided.

The `Write for Rights` evening was well attended. We sent off over 140 cards to victims of human rights abuses in several countries. We also wrote letters to the authorities in those countries. Thank you to those of our Church who supported the event

In September Amnesty Headquarters is launching the `I welcome` campaign which could prove to be controversial. Therefore, we hope to set up a stall asking `What IS a refugee?’ Not a terrorist. Not an economic migrant. This country has a record of welcoming migrants going back over centuries and I remember efforts made after W.W.2.

We wrote to Caroline Nokes wishing her well for her next years in Parliament, bringing to her attention the plight of Nazanin Zgghani Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi, both British Nationals, unjustly imprisoned, inviting her involvement.

We also wrote to the new Moroccan Ambassador and the Moroccan Authorities concerning our prisoner currently in solitary confinement for 7 months, ill, without suitable medical care and sleeping on a slab without covers. He is serving 7 years.

Sylvia T

Thank you to everyone who supported Amnesty International during December by signing cards with messages of support to prisoners of conscience, to help them know that people around the world are thinking of them.

Notices

  • Saturday 21 May

    9am–2pm Christian Aid book stall in the Cornmarket

    10am–12noon Church open for quiet reflection

    Sunday 22 May 

    10.30 am Morning Worship led by Revd Mike Perrott

    Wednesday 25 May

    2.30pm Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 28 May

    10am-3pm Church open for the ‘Royals in Romsey’ photo exhibition

    Sunday, 29 May

    10.30am Songs of Praise service, including dedication of organ

    Ian and Margaret would like to invite you to join them after this service for cakes and bubbly.  Everyone is welcome.

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