Refugee Week 2017
During “Refugee Week” 2017 (19th-25th June), Amnesty Kirklees set up a stall in the beautiful Greenhead Park in Huddersfield. We were visited by many, many people who, like us, sympathised with refugees globally, and recognised the severity of their plights.
We enjoyed lots of friendly conversation and fun with families, whilst also working to raise awareness about the many issues in places all over the world that lead to people being left vulnerable, unsheltered and victim to what has become known as the “refugee crisis.”
Below are some pictures from the day:
“Refugee Week 2017” Stall, Greenhead Park
“Silenced Voices” Exhibition
In September 2017, Amnesty Kirklees filled the pews of Huddersfield Parish Church with photographs and information relating to almost 300 Turkish journalists. These men and women, some of whom couldn’t even be contacted to provide their photos, have been persecuted in a clampdown by the Turkish state following the attempted coup in 2016.
Our exhibition attempts to convey the impact of all these journalists being removed from society, and stopping their role of telling truth to power and the people they are meant to serve. Many people came into the church to see the photographs and to help the cause by writing a short message of support to a detained journalist on one of our post cards, for us to then send on their behalf.
The exhibition was very well received by the people of Huddersfield, and many felt quite moved by the poignant spectacle. We were even visited by 2 journalists who actually featured in our exhibition! They too were moved and taken aback by not only the visual representation of so many of their colleagues, but also the powerful gesture of solidarity by our local Amnesty members, and all the visitors from Huddersfield town centre.
Amnesty Kirklees’ “Silenced Voices” exhibition is available for other local Amnesty groups and human rights organisations to hire. Please get in touch for more info or to enquire about availability.
Below are some pictures of the exhibition, from preparation through to presentation:
The “Silenced Voices” Exhibition – Free the Turkish Journalists
Write for Rights
Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of Write for Rights, Amnesty’s global letter-writing campaign. Today, it’s one of the world’s biggest human rights events.
Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like you, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.
And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards. Your words really can change lives. Join us.
Amnesty Kirklees will be holding a Write for Rights event on Saturday 9th December 2017. Further information below:
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