We shall be doing a Write for Rights this Sunday (5th December) in the Cathedral cloisters
For many years, we have done a signing at Christmas time, usually in the Market Square. We moved to the Cloisters the year before last and were more successful in getting people to sign. So we shall be there from 11:00 until 14:00 and anyone in Salisbury is welcome to come along and sign. It would also be a good opportunity for you to make yourself known to us if you were thinking of joining the group.
We shall be holding our Write for Rights signings in two locations this year: the first time we have done this. The first will be 5th December in the Cathedral Cloisters and the second on 11th in St Thomas’s. We do not have the times yet so keep an eye out on this site – or Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr – for more details once known. Almost certainly in the mornings. We hope you can come along and sign.
For people abroad, feel free to send us your desire to be listed and we will copy your name in.
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.
Signing in the Library passage on Saturday 15 December
We will be holding our annual card signing this Christmas in the Library passage in Salisbury starting at 9 am for around 3 hours. We will have four prisoners of conscience from around the world and we ask that people sign one or more of these. We will then post them to the prisoners.
Prisoners of conscience are people who are imprisoned for their beliefs or because they displease the powers in their country. They are not violent. Thousands are held in this way, often without being charged and without access to lawyers. Many countries which have signed up to uphold human rights standards do this, the most recent example is Turkey. But China has ten of thousands in prisons and in vast camps.
If you are in Salisbury this Saturday, please spend a minute or two to sign a card.
Tree of Life signing against death penalty in Japan
We held our tree of life signing in Library passage this morning (1 September 2018) and collected over 40 signatures. People were asked to sign small labels which we attached to a small tree to mimic the Japanese custom. There were several people who were surprised that the methods the Japanese employ – solitary confinement, decades of incarceration and no notice of the execution itself – were still employed by a supposedly civilised country.
All the labels will be gathered up and sent to Amnesty for a combined presentation to the embassy in October. Our thanks to all those who signed and to group members who spent time on the stand.
If you would like to join the local group, keep and eye on this site or on Twitter or Facebook (accessed on the left) and make yourself known at one of our activities.
Over 50 stopped to sign and we are grateful to those who did. If you have come to this site having read the leaflet we gave out – welcome. We hope you mark it as a favourite site and visit us from time to time. Details of other events can be found here.
On Saturday 22 April, we asked people to sign a petition concerning the atrocious conditions and executions in Saydnaya Prison in Syria. We were in the Library passage for an hour.
We held a signing on Saturday morning and invited people to sign cards on behalf of four prisoners of conscience. It had been held over from Christmas because we had too many other things on so we were not confident of large numbers. Our other concern was the events in Paris which has hardened some peoples’ attitudes to terrorism in all its forms. Some people equate human rights with ‘supporting terrorists’ and there is the occasional remark along the lines that ‘they must have done something or they wouldn’t be arrested’.
We needn’t have been worried on either count and there was a steady stream of people to sign cards all morning. The cards are generalised greetings fashioned from Christmas cards but with anything religious removed. The only limiting factor in fact was that the table was too small to accommodate the numbers. We secured around 150 signatures and the cards will be posted in batches.
Thanks to all those in the local group who helped.