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Southampton event

Posted: April 28, 2019 in Event
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Sing for Freedom

Our colleagues in Southampton are holding and event in June and have asked us to promote it locally which we are happy to do.  It is a folk concert and is in Freemantle on June 24th starting at 7:30.  Tickets are £6 on the door.  Further details on the poster link below:

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Lecture by Prof Phillippe Sands at Southampton University

Phillippe Sands

It was a pleasure to attend the annual lecture organised by the Romsey and Southampton Amnesty group given by Phillippe Sands (the link is to several of his articles).  It was based on his book East West Street concerning in part the city of Lviv which was known at Lemberg in the nineteenth century and was also known as Lwów.  Under the Soviets it was called Lvov.  Its importance in his story was that two people came from the town who were very influential in the post-war developments of human rights. 

Hersch Lauterpacht. Picture: the Guardian

First was Hersch Lauterpacht who was born just north of Lemberg and moved there in 1911, and the second was Rafael Lemkin who was born in Ozerisko and moved to Lemberg in 1900.  They both worked behind the scenes during the Nuremberg trials.  But their claims to fame are that Lauterpacht was instrumental in getting the world to agree the need for action on crimes against humanity and Lemkin on the concept of genocide.  It is surprising that these two concepts are fairly recent and both date from 1945: one assumes they have been around for a lot longer.  But that they both emanate from two men from the same town in east Poland is even more remarkable.  Despite this and despite the fact they worked in the same field, they never met as far as is known.

Lauterpacht it was who wrote the International Bill of the Rights of Man which invoked Churchill’s commitment to the ‘enthronement of the rights of man.’  His book was key in the development of the UN declaration.

Sands discussed the arguments concerning whether ‘genocide’ should be included and in

the early years it was sometimes in and sometimes dropped.  It met resistance because of legal doubts.  Lemkin was keen to introduce this as a crime largely because of the German’s crimes in the war an in particular the activities of Hans Frank who oversaw the slaughter in his former town and Poland generally.  Frank was hanged after the Nuremberg trials.

 

He finished his lecture by discussing briefly, the current state of affairs with regard to human rights.  He expressed an ‘acute sense of anxiety at what stirs in our midst’ referring part to the far right groups in eastern Europe especially as they suffered so much under the Nazis.

He said he had a ‘sense of going backwards’ with our own politicians wanting to come out of the European convention which he thought was ‘unbelievable’.  The platitudes of many of the current politicians seems to reflect a lack of knowledge of post-war events.


East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity  is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (£20).

Walk

Posted: June 17, 2016 in "Amnesty International"
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The Southampton group of Amnesty is organising a walk starting in Whiteparish on Saturday 25 June starting at 10am.  Then meeting for lunch at the Parish Lantern [SP5 2LA] followed by a further walk starting at 13.30.  Total distance around 9 miles but you are free to do the morning or afternoon half if you wish.  Some parts are muddy so come with suitable footwear. Food menu is at menu

If you would like to take part then contact Stephen on stephenedwards12@gmail.com to reserve a place.  Please order your food ahead.

 


The last set of pictures of the panels on the tapestry currently in the entrance to the Chapter House at Salisbury Cathedral.  Each panel represents an article from the Universal Declaration of Human RightsVideo

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Article 26: Everyone has the right to an education, elementary schools should be free and compulsory.  Contributed from the Southampton City group.

 

 

 

 

Art 27Article 27: Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community.  Team effort this by Fay, Janet, Sharon, Sue and Gretel, members of the Romsey group.

 

 

 

 

Art 28Article 28Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set out here can be fully respected.  The third panel by our Regional Representative, Caroline Butler.

 

 

 

 

Art 29Article 29: Everyone has duties to the community.  This is the second panel in the tapestry contributed by a refugee group, this time GARAS, the Gloucester Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.  GARAS offers support to those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire; welcoming them when they arrive; advocating for them in their daily struggles; supporting them if they face being sent back, as well as helping them adjust to their long term future if they are recognised as refugees.

 

Art 30Article 30: No one has the right to act in such a way as to destroy the rights and freedoms set in in this declaration.  The fourth panel from the Southampton City group.

 

 

 

 

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This is the third set of detailed pictures from the tapestry currently on display at Salisbury Cathedral at the entrance to the Chapter House where a copy of Magna Carta is displayed.  It illustrates the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  A picture of the whole thing is on an earlier blog with a short video.

 

Art 11Article 11: Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  This panel prepared by Rona Keene of the Bristol group.

 

 

 

 

Art 12Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with their privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor attacks upon their honour and reputation.  Another panel by Cari a member of the Frome group.

 

 

 

 

Art 13Article 13: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.  Prepared by the Farringdon group.

 

 

 

 

 

Art 14Article 14: Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.  People lose this right if they do not respect what is written here.  Another panel from the Southampton City group.

 

 

 

 

Art 15Article 15: Everyone has the right to a nationality.  Another panel from the Bristol group this time prepared by Sarah Heath.

 

 

 

 

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This is the second batch of detailed pictures from the tapestry.  See a previous blog showing the full thing in all its glory and also a short video clip.

Art 6Article 6 Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.  This panel contributed by the Southampton group.

 

 

 

 

Art 7Article 7: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.  Made by Caroline Butler on behalf of the Cheltenham and Gloucester group.

 

 

 

 

Art 8Article 8Everyone has the right to legal help when rights granted by a country to its citizens are not respected.  Rachel Berry made this on behalf of the mid-Gloucester group.  She also did No: 5.

 

 

 

 

Art 9Article 9No one should be subject to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.  Made by Cari and Judy, members of the Frome group.

 

 

 

 

Art 10Article 10Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.  Made by Caroline Butler, the Regional Representative, for the groups in the south.

 

 

 

 

As before, if there are errors or anyone wants to add something, please get in touch or send a comment through this site.