Saturday, October 21, 2017

Northeast Regional Conference

At the Albany School of Law, University of Albany, NY

A busy schedule for our annual Regional Conference started this morning with a strong Muslim youth female poets followed a by a panel of human rights defenders from Vermont, Caribbean, and Turkey (by Skype).
Board Discussion session was after lunch with two strong Resolutions to vote on later at end of the day... I still did not make up my mind as I see the pros and cons of each (more later)... 
Will continue later when I get back from the Lobbying Session.

mohamed elgadi
Reporting from Albany, NY



Friday, October 20, 2017

Human Rights October Activities this Fall...

A busy month as you may expect is October as we getting ready with final outlines of our feature event of the year: HUMAN RIGHTS DAY...
In addition to our weekly tabling at the Farmers Market, and monthly planning meeting; we are getting ready to participate at the Northeast Regional Conference at

21 OCTOBER 2017 – ALBANY, NEW YORK – ALBANY LAW SCHOOL, 1928 BUILDING

Below are few shots of activities over the past few weeks
Information Table at the Farmers Market

Young Human Rights Heroes Awards offered by the Amherst Human Rights Commission recognized many young activists and their mentors, including Amnesty International Chapter.
A very productive meeting with Congressman Jim McGovern took place late this summer at his Northampton office to coordinate efforts with our Amnesty International chapter and the House's human rights commission that he co-chairs.
The meeting will bring many good things especially for the anti-torture advocates, and also bad news to President Trump's secret plans to bring torture and Black Sites back.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette published an editorial for our active member, Fanny Rothschild, TO MARK TORTURE AWARENESS MONTH and the work of our Amherst AI chapter. Fanny wrote:

"Not surprisingly, the current government is being secretive and contradictory about where it stands on torture. Still, this month we witnessed President Trump nominate Steven Bradbury — a George W. Bush official who had co-authored the infamous 2005 memo authorizing “enhanced interrogation techniques” including waterboarding — as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation."



Our At-large Members, Abdelrahman Gasim, Attorney, in Uganda; and Yasmine Hasnaoui, Diplomat, in Morocco continue to be active and share many of their human rights work in Africa. 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Human Rights at the Farmers Market

Our weekly information table at the Farmers Market last week was a special one... 








We had some special visitors from Saudi Arabia, Washington D. C, and West Springfield. They signed petitions, donated money in our Stamps Jar, and agreed to carry Amnesty posters to advocate for our coming annual Human Rights Day.

Thank you Sami Adam, Migdad, Hamrour, and Ismail

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump Admin begins attacks on Human Rights!

Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an executive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe.
The judge’s ruling blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order. But it stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.
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