Monthly Archives: April 2010

Planning for Birmingham Pride

The Central Birmingham Amnesty International group is coordinating Amnesty’s presence at Birmingham Pride. Birmingham Pride which takes place over the weekend of 28th-29th May will see us take part in the parade on the Saturday (11am for 12 noon start) and have a stall on the Sunday. The proposed theme from a recent planning meeting is prisoners with identification of countries that imprison people on the basis of their sexuality. All are welcome to take part in our presence at Birmingham Pride. The next planning meeting will be Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm at the Birmingham Midland Institute, Margaret Street. For further information please email

Malvern Hills AGM – Change of Speaker – The Challenge of Human Rights in Ethiopia

Change of speaker: 

We regret to tell you that we have had to cancel the planned talk on The Life and Times of a UN Weapons Inspector as the speaker, Brian Johnson-Thomas, is stranded abroad due to the air traffic disruption caused by the volcanic eruption, and is unlikely to be able to return home in time. We hope it may be possible to reschedule this talk for a later date.

 However, we are more than pleased to have instead a talk by Dr Trevor Trueman on The Challenge to Human Rights in Ethiopia. Trevor is an expert on this subject, has a specialist knowledge of the Oromo people of Ethiopia, and has acted as an expert witness in many UK immigration tribunals involving Ethiopian refugees.

As before, the talk will start at 8pm, immediately following the AGM of Amnesty International Malvern Hills Group at 7.30pm, on Thursday 29 April at Malvern Baptist Church Hall, Abbey Road, Malvern  WR14 3HG


Amnesty Run Event At The Chipping Campden Literature Festival

On Saturday, 8 May the Stratford-upon-Avon Amnesty Group are running an event on the Fringe of the Chipping Campden Literature Festival. It will be held in the Upper Room of The Old Town Hall  in Chipping Campden from 2.30-3.30 pm. Vivien Heffernan will be giving her lecture ‘Shakespeare through Artists’ Eyes’. It is an illustrated talk and includes recordings of well known actors reading extracts from the plays under discussion. Vivien lectures widely for Nadfas both in this country and abroad. From what I understand from the local group this talk comes highly recommended. 

Tickets £5.00     Telephone 01789 268700 or 01608 682205

Pride Planning Meeting – Wed 21st April

Charlotte from Central Birmingham AI is holding a Birmingham Pride Planning meeting this Wednesday the 21st, 7:30pm at the British Midlands Institute. This is a big old red brick building on Margaret St, which is between Wragge & Co and the library, map below.

Best to wait for everyone to assemble in the reception area as it’s harder to find your room than it is to find the actual building!

If you can’t make the meeting but still want to be involved let Charlotte know:

Bring pen, paper and diaries.

Talk by Peter Pack, Chair of the International Executive Committee

Announcement here from Chris Bird, secretary of the Telford Amnesty group:

The Telford Amnesty group are proud to announce that Peter Pack the Chair of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International has agreed to give a talk to the group entitled Amnesty – What in the world is it doing ?. This special meeting will take place at the Old Wrekin Tap at the Cock Hotel in Wellington on April 27th starting at 19.30. Admission is open to both members and non members and there is no admission charge. For more details call Chris Bird on 07971284975

The location is easily found for those with GPS it is TF1 2DL. For those with other interests it was the CAMRAS West Midlands Pub of the year in 2009, and you can be picked up at Telford railway station, by prior arrangement.

Amnesty on the General Election

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The Life and Times Of a UN Weapons Inspector