Just under 100 cards were signed on Sunday and around a third of passers by stopped to sign. We shall be repeating the exercise in St Thomas’s Church on Saturday 11th starting at 10 am.
Christmas tree festival
The Salisbury group took part in the annual Christmas tree festival organised each year by St Thomas’s church in the city. Our photo was taken in the Cathedral and was placed in front of the Amnesty candle which stands in the Trinity Chapel. We are grateful to the Cathedral for allowing us to place it there. All the entries can be seen by clicking this link.
Message from Forum 18
Supporters may know that we have a prisoner of conscience window in the Cathedral and one of our members posts up a new POC each week, something we have been doing for decades now. We were gratified to receive this message from Forum 18 a member of which saw the latest POC and wrote to us concerning the plight of individuals in Kazakhstan and other countries in the region. Kazakhstan is a country which does not receive that much attention:
Having visited Salisbury since I was a teenager, I’ve long admired the Group’s initiative in every month having information on a prisoner of conscience beneath the Cathedral’s Prisoner of Conscience Window. The combination of the window, the cathedral, and monthly updated credible verified information on a prisoner of conscience is very helpful.
As this month the prisoner of conscience chosen is from Kazakhstan, you might find it help to see information on some of the other prisoners of conscience in that country: http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2570
The information comes from Forum 18, for which I work. We provide truthful, original, detailed, and accurate monitoring and analysis of violations of freedom of thought, conscience and belief of all people – whatever their belief or non-belief – in Central Asia, Russia, Russian-occupied Crimea and Donbas, the South Caucasus particularly Azerbaijan, and Belarus. We also publish occasional analyses on Turkey. The name ‘Forum 18’ comes from Article 18 of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.
We publish articles by e-mail, on our website ww.forum18.org , and are on Facebook @Forum18NewsService and Twitter @forum_18 . If it would help, I’d be glad to arrange for any of the Group to receive the weekly news summary. Anyone may free-of-charge use or reproduce material we publish with due credit to Forum 18.
Many thanks once again for the Group’s continuing work, including on the Prisoner of Conscience Window.
Another POC from Kazakhstan is featured on Amnesty International’s site.
Cathedral Evensong takes place this evening (Thursday 12th) at 5:30. We are delighted to welcome Ben Rogers to give the address. There will be an opportunity for participants to sign a petition on leaving if they wish.
If you were thinking of joining the group, this would be an opportunity to make yourself known even if you do not wish to take part in the service itself (Amnesty is not a religious group). Several members will be around to great you.
December meeting of the group takes place tonight, Thursday 12th as usual in Victoria road at 7:30. Supporters and new members welcome but it is a working meeting.
We have the carol singing next week.
Write for Rights in the Cathedral a success
We have been holding our card signing for many years now in the centre of Salisbury but the numbers willing to sign – even at Christmas – have dwindled. So this year we took up the offer by the Cathedral to hold it there which we did this afternoon (8 December 2019) with great success. Well over a hundred signed our cards and we were back to the days of a crowd of people signing.
Interestingly, and perhaps appositely, many were at the Cathedral to see the Magna Carta which of course is where the human rights story started just over 700 years ago.
Card signing in the Cathedral cloister today (Sunday)
On Sunday 8th from noon till 2pm we shall be in the Cathedral cloister for our annual card signing. For many years, we did this in the centre of Salisbury usually by the Library but the recent 2 years have been disappointing so we have decided to try the Cathedral.
Look forward to seeing you there if you are in the vicinity.
The Salisbury group meeting takes place tomorrow starting at 7:30 in Victoria road as usual and all supporters are welcome.
Attached are the minutes for the group meeting held on Thursday 12 October 2017 thanks to group member Lesley for preparing them. A full agenda covering the death penalty, North Korea, upcoming events such as the film at the Arts Centre, Citizenship day, an exhibition at the Library and the plans for the Celebration of Human Rights in 2018.
Anyone local reading this interested in taking part then go to the end of the minutes where future events are listed. Come along to one and make yourself known. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you prefer – salisburyai.