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Christmas Concert for Human Rights

Christmas Concert for Human Rights: Sat 17 Dec at St Phillips Cathedral in Birmingham with AIUK Director Kate Allen

Press Release: AmnestyBrum show solidarity with Baltic Pride

Amnesty International UK AmnestyBrum show solidarity with Baltic Pride For immediate release: Monday 23rd May 2011 In the Birmingham Pride Parade for 2011, AmnestyBrum (the Amnesty International group for Central Birmingham) will be showing their solidarity with Baltic Pride. The AmnestyBrum float in the Birmingham Pride Parade will play host to Latvian guests from LGBT group Mozaika, who help organise Baltic Pride in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Pride is made very difficult in the Baltic by far-right groups, who turn out to throw insults and debris at the defiant Pride marchers, and have to be held back by police cordons. So, the float will celebrate “Baltic Pride in Birmingham” – it will reflect typical scenes from the Eastern European event, with Baltic flags and slogans overcoming the homophobic groups who oppose it.

The Birmingham Pride organisers will meet with the Mozaika delegates at the Pride Patrons’ Reception at the Malmaison ‘Pink Champagne Marquee’ on Saturday at 13.30, and have offered the them a chance to speak about their experiences on Sunday afternoon, at 14.20 on the Community Stage. AmnestyBrum are working with the organisers of Birmingham Pride and are supporting a campaign to twin Birmingham Pride and Baltic Pride.

Kaspars Zalatis, from Mozaika said: ‘We are delighted to be part of the AmnestyBrum float and are thankful to both them and the organisers of Birmingham Pride 2011 for their support. Our wish is that Baltic Pride can be the celebration of the LGBT community and that we can share the same rights that they have in the UK. To this end we are working in partnership with AmnestyBrum and Birmingham Pride to see if we can develop a twinning arrangement between the two events.’

Pete Doubtfire, from AmnestyBrum said: ‘What Mozaika and all those who organise Baltic Pride have to go through to put on a parade to defend the human rights of the LGBT community is truly inspirational. By taking part in the Birmingham Pride parade we will show our solidarity with them and other LGBT people around the world who are denied their full human rights. We are delighted that that those organising Birmingham Pride 2011 have been supportive of our attempts to forge links with Baltic Pride to show international solidarity with those standing up for LGBT rights there. We hope local people will join us in sending a message of solidarity to the organisers of Baltic Pride by visiting us at our stall in the Community Tent over the weekend.’

The next Baltic Pride will be taking place in Riga in 2012, and members of AmnestyBrum are planning to head out to Latvia to join in the march. We will be showing solidarity, and declaring “Mīlestība arī ir cilvēktiesība!” (“Love is a human right!” in Lativian), defending the right to be proud, which we take for granted here in the UK, and yet is under threat in the Baltic. If other local people wish to join us at Baltic Pride 2012 or find out more about the local group, they should contact us at or visit the AmnestyBrum website at

For photo opportunities and the chance to speak to AmnestyBrum members or Mozaika please contact Pete Doubtfire at

Election for Regional Representative

All local groups have today been sent a letter inviting nominations for a new regional representative. They will be communicating this to their members. If you are a group member, AIUK member and interested in standing for this position please find two local groups in the region to nominate and second you. Any queries please email

A Christmas Concert for Human Rights – Saturday 18th December

Thankyou and Farewell

I am writing to let you know that after 4 years where I have been proud to be your Amnesty International Regional Rep for the West Midlands I will be standing down from my Amnesty roles to recharge my batteries and focus on other interests for a while. It has been an honour, a pleasure and enjoyable to have had the chance to do this role. However, all good things come to an end and my time is done. I would really recommend to anyone interested and active in Amnesty locally that you find someone (or perhaps two people) who can do this role to ensure that views of local groups in the region get to head office, that a regional conference can take place and coordinate activity between groups. It may well be that you also wish to see if you can find someone to look after the blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts too.
I plan to officially stand down as of 30th November but I will work with anyone interested in performing a regional role to ensure they have the support they need and Farshid, Local Groups Officer is there to provide assistance too.
Thanks to each and every activist and group for all you do and for the way you have worked with me and each other to further the cause of human rights.
Contact me on to find out more about the role of Regional Representative. If you’d be interested in sharing the role with someone else please let me know.

Outside the Law – Stories from Guantanamo

Outside the Law – Stories from Guantanamo
a film and panel discussion, on Tuesday 19 October at Malvern Theatres.

For full details see:

A Concert For Human Rights

Bournville Amnesty Present

A Concert For Human Rights


Given By

Cantemus Chamber Choir

Saturday 9th October at 7:30pm

Bournville Friends Meeting House

Linden Road, Bournville

By kind permission of Bournville Quakers

Refreshments, cards to sign for prisoners of conscience and a cake sale

£5 (Accompanied children free)

To Purchase tickets please call

Martin Bate on 0121 433 3592 or

John Bodycote on 0121 458 2420

Amnesty Brings Acclaimed Film To Malvern

Amnesty Malvern Hills group’s major event for 2010 is a presentation of this important new documentary film, followed by a discussion and public forum led by two former Guantánamo prisoners, Moazzam Begg and Omar Deghayes, and the film’s co-director, Andy Worthington. The date is Tuesday 19 October at 7.30pm, at The Forum, Malvern Theatres.

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Bournville Fundraising Concert

Bournville AI group are holding a fund raising concert with The Cantemus Choir on Saturday 9th. October at 7.30pm at Bournville Friends Meeting House -this will include actions for Burmese Prisoners of Conscience and for Ronak Safarzadeh. Please buy a ticket [£5] or better still volunteer to sell a few /help on the day . For more details contact Martin on

Report on Amnesty @ Pride London


Following on from our successful presence at the Birmingham Pride parade I joined the Amnesty contingent at the Pride London parade on Saturday. Well if you thought the Birmingham Pride was fantastic then this was something else altogether. The number of floats, groups, placards, banners and people taking part was amazing. The Amnesty presence in London wasn’t as creative as the local parade so no fabulous outfits. However, there was around 25-30 committed activists plus unconnected people who joined us, crowds asking for our stickers, placards waving, leaflets being handed out and the fantastic float. The float had a huge inflated rainbow in yellow, green and pink (see above), placards all over, flags on the rear and a stereo playing around ten songs with love in the title. The people taking part had great enthusiasm and energy. They came from London, Brighton and Bournmouth and no doubt elsewhere too.

One interesting difference to the Birmingham Pride event is that because it was an LGBT network organised group those taking part were mainly from the LGBT community but not exclusively. For me the low point was a dignified counter-demo organised by a group of Christians. They held placards suggesting the marchers were lets say misguided but the fact they are able to have their freedom of speech is to be applauded and they were outnumbered by the gay Christians in the parade. In some ways this all reinforced that human rights are for all of us whatever our religion or sexual orientation.

I would like to thank Kim Manning-Cooper and the activists from the LGBT Network who organised the Amnesty presence in the parade for their hard work planning what was a fantastic and enjoyable time at Pride London. To find out more about Amnesty International UK’s work on LGBT rights see

For the report on our presence at Birmingham Pride see the Central Birmingham AI blog at