The Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International group will be having a stall at the Leamington Peace Festival again this year on the weekend of 19-20 June. They usually get a really good response from their stall. This year they are focussing on Shell, Burma, Hu Jia, Iranian Women, Israel and Palestine. If you can make it why not say hello or even help out on the stall? For more information contact Malcolm on firstname.lastname@example.org
In May 2008, Khun Bedu, Khun Kawrio and Khun Dee De were arrested for peaceful protest. As leading members of a youth group they had organised local dissidents to release balloons, launch paper boats and spray-paint walls with their peaceful political messages.
For these simple acts of defiance they were sentenced to between 35 and 37 years in prison.
Take action on this case at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=700
See more on Amnesty’s work on Burma at www.amnesty.org.uk/burma
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On Saturday 27th February the East Midlands Amnesty International Regional Conference takes place. The event takes places in Nottingham from 10am till 4pm at St Barnabas Hall. There are a few places remaining with supporters and activists from the West Midlands more than welcome to attend. The day includes the chance to find out about Amnesty’s work on trafficking from Liz McKean of AIUK. There are in addition guest speakers from the Medical Foundation, CAFOD, Burma Campaign and World Vision. This is then followed by a question time with local politicians. For lunch you are requested to take a packed lunch with you. For further information contact Jane at email@example.com
On Friday18th September, The Royal Cinema, Leamington Spa has agreed to show the acclaimed film Burma VJ. This will be accompanied by a talk from a prominent Burmese activist from Burma Campaign UK and a Question and Answer session. Pre-screening talk from 7pm. Please come and support this important venture.
The Burma VJ Film will also be showing in Wolverhampton (Mon 31st Aug – Thurs 3rd Sept) and Birmingham (Tues 13th October). See http://burmavjmovie.com/ for more information
The Burma Action last Saturday went well with 350 members of the public having their photo taken with a lifesize Aung Sang Suu Kyi cutout. For further information on how the Burma Play and Burma Action went see this post on Central Birmingham blog
On Saturday between 10am and 4pm, in Victoria Square, local Amnesty International activists asking people to take part in an act of solidarity by having their photo taken with a life-size representation of Aung San Suu Kyi.
This action has been planned by Bournville and Central Birmingham Amnesty International AI Groups.
Central Birmingham and Bournville A.I Groups are hosting The Burma Play on Friday 14th August at 7pm at The Birmingham Library Theatre, Central Library Birmingham. Whilst we await the decision in the new trial of Aung San Suu Kyi please support our efforts to raise awareness of the plight of the Burmese people by attending the play. Please see the leaflet for more information including obtaining tickets from John Bodycote. There are also more details on www.theburmaplay.com including quotes from rave reviews!