In last weekend’s Observer magazine there was an article by Bianca Jagger on the Kondh community in Orissa, India whose very livelihood has been threatened by the arrival in 2008 of an aluminum refinery. The Vedanta company refinery now plan to build a new one and expand the existing one. The problem? The noise, the heat, the pollution of air and water, and the loss of the local tribe’s sacred land. And that international guidelines, processes and frameworks have been violated. And the population kept in the dark about the plans and their rights. This is why Amnesty exists to stand up for those who are kept in the dark and left with no voice. It is also why Amnesty’s work on economic rights matter because they are integrally connected to their democratic rights. To read the article visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/13/mining-aluminium-tribes-india-jagger
To find out more on the Amnesty website and to take action go to http://www.amnesty.org.uk/vedanta
The Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International Group’s Blog is now back up and running. Join in the debate on the Demand Dignity campaign and much, much, more at http://blogs.amnesty.org.uk/blogs.asp?bid=26
At the end of March the Stop Violence Against Women campaign comes to an end. However, this isn’t the end of the road for Amnesty campaigning on women’s human rights. The Demand Dignity Campaign has integrated this work into the three strandads of Corporate Accountability, ‘Slums’ and Forced Evictions, and Maternal Health. The Maternal Health theme is about preventing maternal deaths which are almost always preventable and kill one woman every minute. Amnesty International as part of a coalition of NGOs and professional associations have produced a Manifesto for Motherhood to increase political and financial support for maternal and child health in developing countries. This will be part of our campaigning at the forthcoming General Election and we are asking activists to send to card (by post or email) to the Party Leaders in time for Mother’s Day. For further information on the Maternal Health work and this action see www.amnesty.org.uk/dignity .
Amnesty International have launched a blog on our Demand Dignity campaign. The blog’s latest post is on maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Find out more at http://demanddignity.amnesty.org/en/voice/mission1-en
Stratford On Avon Amnesty group have a workshop on the Dignity campaign at their September meeting. This will be on Wednesday 9th September 7.30 p.m. for meeting 8.00 p.m. for workshop. The location is the Quaker Meeting House, 37 Maidenhead Road, Stratford on Avon. All welcome to attend. Details on www.amnesty.org.uk/stratfordonavon