2017 Annual Human Rights Festival and Write-a-thon

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Join Amnesty International Pittsburgh (group 39) and many other inspiring Pittsburgh rights groups and community leaders on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 for our annual Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival.

Held from 6-9 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, this year marks the 31st annual gathering, during which you contribute to writing between 500 and 1000 letters on important human rights cases of our time.

Stop in and stay as long as you can. Write letters. Talk to other activists. Check out information tables about local groups working in Pittsburgh on local, national and international issues. Fortify yourself with the free refreshments.

Candlelight Ceremony and City Council Proclamation at 7:30 pm.

 

Group 39 Focus Case Update (Zunar)

Political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, faces nine charges under the Malaysian Sedition Act for tweets with political content he sent. The charges could carry a potential penalty of 43 years in prison. Furthermore, five of his books have been banned on the grounds that they are “detrimental to the public order.” After being arrested in 2016, Zunar has been released on bail while awaiting his court date.

In addition, a travel ban has been imposed on Zunar in October 2016 without justification. He has challenged the ban and his case is scheduled to be heard by the High Court on 16 November 2017. [Statement by Amnesty International on travel bans]

In September 2017, the U.N. Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural studies, Karima Bennoune, visited Malaysia. In her preliminary report after the visit, she raises the issue of the Sedition Act charges and travel ban against Zunar and calls for both to be dropped.

Lobbying Workshop

“Building a bridge to the capitol”

Amnesty International Group 39 is holding a lobbying workshop event on October 4 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. See event flyer.

The event is aimed at people who would like to learn more about the lobbying process and would like to hear from some of us about our recent lobbying experiences.

  • Learn why lobbying has impact
  • Practice how to deliver an effective message to your legislator(s)
  • Hear from elected officials how your voice matters