Amnesty International Local Group 15
Individual At Risk/Prisoner of Conscience
Our Individual at Risk coordinator brings updates and actions to our meetings.
Our current POC case: Bozorghmer Yorov is a human rights lawyer from Tajikistan. Because he is represented the opposition Social Democratic Party of Tajikistan. Yorov was sentenced to 23 years for representing members of the banned Islamic Revival Party (IRPT). Ongoing research helps inform our advocacy, support and letters to officials.
Our last two cases: Magai Matiop Ngong in South Sudan who was 15 when he was sentenced to death for murder after an accidental shooting; he was removed from death row July 29, 2020 and released from prison on March 22, 2022. We then advocated for Maria Ressa, a Filipino-American journalist and author who faced lawsuits for articles critical of Philippine President Duterte. We decided to move on from her case, noting her high visibility and international support, as well as her freedom to travel to Norway in December, 2021, to accept her Nobel peace prize.
The Urgent Action Network
Our Urgent Action coordinator writes an urgent action letter every month to bring to our meeting, when we discuss the background and features of the specific case. We sign, address, and send the letter.
Anyone can join the Urgent Action Network and participate in this important work.
Community Partnership and Dignity in Asylum
Community Partnership is an Amnesty International program to help assist refugees and asylum seekers to reach and settle in a safe country. Amnesty Int’l Group 15 has entered into a Community Partnership with Dignity in Asylum (DIAS), a local non-profit organization, entirely run by volunteers. DIAS provides free housing and community support to people seeking asylum. Help with groceries, transportation to lawyers' and doctors appointments, English classes and overall caring and comforting support, are provided by volunteers from the local community. The Community Partnership agreement formalizes Group 15's long standing commitment to DIAS, through donations of funds and the hosting of fundraising events. For more information and to make donations: https://www.dignityinasylum.org/
Criminal Justice Reform
We participate in efforts to address injustice in our criminal justice system:bias, racism, wrongful convictions, excessive punishment, treatment of juveniles, and prison conditions.
Abolish the Death Penalty
We are active in Amnesty's campaign to end capital punishment. We focus our efforts on the death penalty in the United States. This photo shows Susan Dodd, a member of our group, with the flag on which she embroidered the names of 1437 Americans who have been executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
We are focusing on immigration related issues and legislation, educating ourselves, connecting with other organizations and groups and advocating for legislation in the Massachusetts legislature and the U.S. Congress.
LGBTQ+ issues and human rights
We are educating ourselves about the LGBTQ+ community, and legislation and policies that affect their rights and safety.