Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
We are ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.

Abbey URC donates use of the Hall Lounge for the Romsey group’s meetings, we meet there on the third Monday of every month at 7.45pm. For more information about the group please phone 01794 515116 or see www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/romsey

  • We joined Southampton in March to hear Alex Jackson, all the way from Glasgow, speak about Eritrea. He had spent many years there, but since his return the democratic situation has deteriorated due to border disputes with Ethiopia, causing Human Rights abuses in an attempt to hold the small and vulnerable nation together.   As always, we welcome anyone who is interested on the third Monday of the month in the Church Lounge - tea and biscuits provided.

The `Write for Rights` evening was well attended. We sent off over 140 cards to victims of human rights abuses in several countries. We also wrote letters to the authorities in those countries. Thank you to those of our Church who supported the event

In September Amnesty Headquarters is launching the `I welcome` campaign which could prove to be controversial. Therefore, we hope to set up a stall asking `What IS a refugee?’ Not a terrorist. Not an economic migrant. This country has a record of welcoming migrants going back over centuries and I remember efforts made after W.W.2.

We wrote to Caroline Nokes wishing her well for her next years in Parliament, bringing to her attention the plight of Nazanin Zgghani Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi, both British Nationals, unjustly imprisoned, inviting her involvement.

We also wrote to the new Moroccan Ambassador and the Moroccan Authorities concerning our prisoner currently in solitary confinement for 7 months, ill, without suitable medical care and sleeping on a slab without covers. He is serving 7 years.

Sylvia T

Thank you to everyone who supported Amnesty International during December by signing cards with messages of support to prisoners of conscience, to help them know that people around the world are thinking of them.

Notices

  • This Sunday      

    Sunday 10 March

    10.30 am   Family service led by the Minister, to include the launch of the 2019 Pioneers Charity

    No evening service

    Forthcoming events

    Monday 11 March

    10.30 am BALM in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 12 March

    9.30 am  Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge. Readings to be used: Psalm 91:1-2;9-16 & Luke 5:1-11   

    10.15 – 11.45 am Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    12.30 pm Lunch Club in Abbey Hall

    Wednesday 13 March

    2.0 pm Ecumenical Lent Discussion Group in the Minister’s Vestry in the church

    2.00 – 4.00 pm Games Afternoon in Abbey Hall Lounge to raise funds for new tables and chairs for the Lounge

    7.30 pm  Outreach Group Meeting in Minister’s Vestry

    Thursday 14 March

    10.30 am Short Communion Service in Abbey Hall Lounge followed by refreshments

    Friday 15 March

    12.00 noon – 1.30 pm Lent Lunch at Romsey Methodist Church – proceeds to Christian Aid

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 17 March 2019

    10.30 am   Family worship led by Revd Alan Green, 

    6.30 pm     Evening Communion service in Abbey Hall Lounge led by the Minister

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