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Amnesty International is an independent worldwide human rights organization of over 1.4 million members. Through grassroots activism and education, Amnesty International fights to protect and uphold the basic human rights guaranteed to every individual. Independent of any political affiliations, Amnesty International is able to expose and speak out against human rights violations in every nation impartially.

The strength of Amnesty International is its worldwide membership; when we speak out on behalf of others' human rights, we are protecting those rights for everyone, including ourselves.

Amnesty International Group 15 is the local voice of Amnesty International USA,  and part of a worldwide campaign movement working to promote the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.

If you share our passion for protecting and defending human rights around the world, and here at home, Amnesty International Group 15 offers an effective way to help. We would be pleased to welcome you to any or all of our activities. Join us at our next meeting, or check our calendar for all   AI Group 15 upcoming events and directions. 
 

Monthly Meetings

Group 15 meets on the  3rd Tuesday of every month ○  7:00 PM- 9:00 PM  (no meeting in July)
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○ Greeley Room - 2nd Floor,  First Parish in Concord,  20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 

For directions or further information contact:
Kathy Taylor, at 781-718-7640 or, by email
kly.taylor@gmail.com 
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Phil Villers, at 978-371-7400 or, by email pvillers@igc.or

At our monthly meetings we
write letters on behalf of our own 'adopted'  prisoners of conscience and 'individuals at risk'. We also write letters as a part of worldwide-coordinated "Urgent Action" cases, which address the plight of people around the world in immediate danger because of their ideas, and in some cases their non-violent work on behalf of those ideas. We work on death penalty cases and campaigns against torture, violence against women and children; countering terror with justice; GLBT and immigrant rights. Considering joining us at our next meeting,  We, and millions around the world, need you! !
 

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RECENT NEWS
 

Amnesty International Group 15 Adopts the Demand Dignity Campaign

Millions of people are imprisoned in poverty. Thousands die each day from hunger and preventable disease. Untold numbers go without clean water, education, and work. But poverty is not "natural"; nor is it intractable. Far too often, it arises from human rights violations perpetrated by governments, corporations, and international institutions. "It is," as Nelson Mandela said, "man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."

Amnesty International is taking a stand beside people around the world who are asserting their rights to lead lives of dignity. By lending our traditional strengths of research and activism to the cause of eliminating human rights violations that are both the cause and result of poverty, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world and help realize the vision of human dignity articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In coming year, Group 15 will address some of those specific issues at the intersection of poverty and human rights:

  • Human Trafficking, including sex and child slavery, child soldiers

  • Family Health, including maternal mortality

     

Feb. 02, 2010 Swiss Government Approves Asylum for Two GITMO Uighurs

GENEVA -- The Swiss government on Wednesday approved the resettlement of two Chinese inmates at Guantanamo as part of its commitment to help President Barack Obama's administration close the detention center. Click to read the full story
 

Ahmad Abdulahad in Palau after almost eight years in Guantanamo

Relief funds help Guantanamo Uighur move forward

PALAU - A 38-year-old Uighur named Ahmad Abdulahad, was captured in Afghanistan soon after the American invasion in October 2001. His left leg was severely injured during an air strike at Qalai Janghi Prison near Mazar-E-Sharif, where he was being held prior to his transfer to Guantanamo.
 

Ahmadís leg was amputated soon after his arrival in Guantanamo, and a prosthetic device was supplied by the U.S. military. The prosthesis was never fitted properly. As a result, Ahmadís mobility has been very limited and he experiences chronic pain. Whether he is walking, sitting, or standing, the prosthesis rubs against his residual limb. This causes blistering, which is aggravated in the hot, humid climate of Palau.
            
Click the photo of Ahmad to read the full story


June 2009 - Four Uighurs Freed from GITMO - Resettled in Bermuda




WASHINGTON ó Four Chinese Muslims detained at
Guantanamo Bay prison were recently freed and resettled in Bermuda, sparking complaints from China and Britain even as the Obama administration tried to iron out details for sending more detainees to the Pacific island of Palau.

The four were among 17 Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, picked up in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001. They remained at the military detention center in Cuba even after the U.S. government had determined they weren't enemy combatants and should be released. Their fate was in limbo for months while courts and nations debated their future.   read more....


"I went swimming in the ocean for the first time ever yesterday,
 and it was the happiest day of my life,Ē
Salahidin Abdulahat, 32, told The New York Times."

View a Slideshow of the Four Released Uighurs



 

   
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