Monthly Archives: January 2010

General Election 2010

The next General Election can take place no later than 3 June 2010, and conventional wisdom would suggest that the most likely date will be 6 May as there are already local elections on this day.

Why is it important?

The general election provides a unique opportunity for making contact with your local political candidates and raising their awareness of human rights issues. It is important that they are aware that they have constituents who care about human rights and believe that it should matter to their MP. 

What are Amnesty’s key concerns?

Amnesty believes respect for human rights should be at the centre of government policy and practice and urges all parties to make the following commitments in their manifesto:

  • The rights of women in the UK and overseas
  • Security and human rights 
  • The human rights framework in the UK
  • Human rights and poverty

To find out more and download our election pack go to

National Conference 2010 Will Be At Warwick Uni

The National AIUK Conference for 2010 will be at Warwick University. I’d hope to see a lot of local faces with it being a local venue. Please book places ASAP particularly if you hope to get a subsidised place. Full details at

Holocaust Memorial Day events across the region

Over the next few days there will be a variety of Holocaust Memorial Day events across the West Midlands.

A full list of events across the region can be found at

Greetings Card Campaign Event – Saturday

Saturday 23rd January-Greeting Card Campaign Action
Where : St Martins Church Bullring Birmingham [using door in Edgbaston
When : 10 am [set-up] till 2pm.
Theme: If you are unfamiliar with the annual Greeting Card Campaign you can
find details on the web-site

8th Birthday for Gitmo

Monday was the 8th anniversary for Guantanamo Bay. Johina Aamer, the 12-year-old daughter of Shaker Aamer, a UK resident still held in Guantánamo Bay, has called on Gordon Brown to do all he can to secure her father’s return. Take action and find out more at

Google steps out from behind the Great Firewall

Google set to stop censoring internet searches in China. See the AIUK News Blog for more info at

A Comedy Benefit Gig for Amnesty International

Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International are proud to announce….
A Comedy Benefit Gig for Amnesty International
8pm Wednesday 10th February 2010 @The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Eric Lampaert, Steve Weiner & Joel Dommett and more artists tbc.
Plus a special guest speaker on Human Rights.
It need not be all serious doom and gloom! This is your chance to support Human Rights, both at home and around the world, but with a smile and a laugh. Advance seated tickets are on sale now for £12.50 (£10 concessions), else £15 on the door. 
Book now for you, your friends, your family and spread the word!   All proceeds go direct to Amnesty International UK. See for further information

Tricks to Successful Campaigning

In 2003 David Nicholl, a resident blogger on The Stirrer, decided to voice his concerns about Guantanamo Bay. As a consultant neurologist and more importantly as a human being he was concerned about the treatment of detainees. He therefore decided to take action. Over the coming weeks I will be revealing his 15 tips for successful campaigning based on his presentation to our regional conference. Keep an eye on this blog for more info.

His latest post on The Stirrer is on where the bodies were sourced for the Bodies Revealed exhibition in Birmingham challenges the organisers to guarantee they aren’t sourced from executions in China. See

Volunteers Required

Bournville AI are hosting Greeting Card Signing as follows:
 Date : Saturday 23rd January 2010
Venue : St Martins Church ,Bullring,Birmingham [entrance to room via Edgaston Street]
Time : 10am [set-up] until 2pm.
We would be delighted if anyone could join for all or part of the time -either to help outside inviting the public in or in the room itself -please email if you can help.