Welcome to Ipswich Amnesty International Group

Thank you for your interest in your local Amnesty International Group. We are the local group for Ipswich and the surrounding area.

We are always glad to meet new or existing members and hope you will be able to join us. If you support the aims of Amnesty, joining a local group such as ours can be a great way to put your thoughts into action, meet like minded people, and most importantly to make a difference. There are plenty of ways in which you can get involved – we are grateful for whatever support you can give.

For information on local groups elsewhere in East Anglia and throughout the UK see AI UK's local groups page.

What do we do?

Local Groups “raise the profile of human rights in their local area”, “make connections with people around the world and help them get released”.

Ipswich Amnesty actively campaigns on human rights cases around the world. Current and recent campaigns include Violence against Women, Torture, Small Arms, the Death Penalty, Refugees and the former Yugoslavia. We write letters, collect signatures, organise card signings and generate publicity for our campaigns.

Like other local groups, the Ipswich Amnesty Group organises a number of activities from campaign stalls to garden parties, from street collections to quiz evenings. As well working on our own we also arrange and support events with complementary groups such as the Medical Foundation (for the Care of Victims of Torture) and the Refugee Council. During 2003 – 2004 we were particularly grateful for the support of the Worshipful the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Penny Breakwell, who chose Ipswich Amnesty as one of her selected charities. This helped raise funds for Amnesty and provided many valuable opportunities to raise awareness of Human Rights Issues and generated additional support for Amnesty’s campaigns.

We are always glad for help with these activities and welcome new ideas for campaigns, fundraising or social events. Whether you’re an old hand or have never done anything like this before, do something positive and get involved - you’ll get a sense of achievement and we’d love to hear from you. Contact one of the members below, send us an email, or simply come along to one of our meetings.

When and where we meet

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month except August at The Friends Meeting House, Fonnerau Road Ipswich (on the south side of Christchurch Park - see map ). The meetings start at 7:30pm with an aim to finish by 9:00pm. As well as planning our campaigns and events we often have speakers to discuss human rights issues. You don't have to be a member of Amnesty to attend meetings or be a part of the group.

If you can’t make the meetings but are willing to help out in whatever way, please let us know so we can keep you informed and involve you in the activities that interest you.

Ipswich Amnesty Contacts

Email: (NOTE - New Address) group@amnestyipswich.org.uk

Website: http://www.amnestyipswich.org.uk

AIUK Website: http://www.amnesty.org.uk