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Will of City Council to support refugee resettlement

On the initiative of Group 39, Pittsburgh City Council passed on December 11, 2018 a Will of Council to express support for resettling refugees to the U.S.
Pittsburgh is a city built by immigrant communities, and we thank City Council for declaring that our city continues to be welcoming for immigrants and refugees. We also thank Councilman O’Connor for sponsoring this Will of Council.

Impressions from the 2018 Write for Human Rights

On December 12, 2018, dozens of people gathered at Calvary Episcopal Church to write more than 400 letters in Group 39’s annual Write for Human Rights event. We are grateful to Calvary Episcopal Church for hosting, and to City Council and the Mayor for supporting this event by each issuing a proclamation. We also thank members of CeaseFirePA, AIUSA Group 524, CISV, Casa Jan Jose, PADP, Hope Tree Project, Sierra Club, 350.org, Thomas Merton Center, and others for their presence and stimulating conversations!

2018 Write for Human Rights

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Join Amnesty International Pittsburgh (group 39) and many other inspiring Pittsburgh rights groups and community leaders on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6-9pm for at Calvary Episcopal Church our annual Write-for-Rights event.

This year marks the 32nd annual gathering in Pittsburgh, as well as the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! During the event you can 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)

Good news! After the travel ban against Zunar was lifted in June, the much more serious charges against him under the Sedition Act were dropped end of July. If tried and convicted, Zunar could have faced more than 40 years in prison. It seems likely that the charges were brought forth by the previous government to silence a critic of the former prime minister Najib Razak. This situation fundamentally changed after the 2018 general election in Malaysia, which ushered a different political coalition into power. It remains to be seen whether the new government will continue to hold human rights in higher respect.

More information can be found here:
“Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar”
“Malaysia: Acquittal of Zunar and others must lead to repeal of draconian sedition law”