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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.

Thank you – the Write to Witness event was a great success!

Thank you to the volunteers of Amnesty International Pittsburgh, City of Asylum staff and writers-in-residence, the writers who shared their works and thoughts, and all of the attendees who made Write to Witness such a great event and great way to raise awareness about the issues facing writers around the world.  In addition to supporting the event, attendees wrote at least 25 letters and wrote lovely messages of support for Raif Badawi.

Please check amnestyusa.org to stay up to date on current cases and ways you can take action and stay involved.

Pittsburgh’s Group 39 will host our largest annual event, the Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival in December.  Stay tuned for further updates about that and other events and actions on amnestypgh.org, on Twitter @amnestypgh and on Facebook: Amnesty international Pittsburgh Group. You may also join our Google Group “Amnesty International Group 39” to receive email updates as well.

Feel free to email us at amnesty39@gmail.com with any questions, feedback or ideas for more events.
We’re specifically interested in volunteers to help restart our Sunday Human Rights Cafe, where we set up some letter writing at a local cafe or tea shop once or twice a month for 2 hours.

Some pics from the event.  See you at the next one and thank you for your support!

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Human Rights events in 2015!!!!

Stay tuned: on March 3rd, our ad hoc planning committee is gathering to get started on some events and activities in 2015!!!

We’ll post possible events and calls for help in making them happen!

Things like speaker panels, film screenings/talks, poetry readings, music events and MORE!

If you have a great idea for an event OR a group we can partner with on something, email Ayres or Chris: amnesty39@gmail.com.

We are not big on capacity right now (let’s hope that changes in the warmer months!), but big on IDEAS and we’d love to do events that offer a local + international connection.