Wearside human rights campaigners are inviting people from Sunderland and across the North East to join them in marking Human Rights Day.
The Wearside Amnesty International group is holding an interactive event at Sunderland Minster from 13:45 on Sunday 11 December. It will be the first time the group has been able to hold their annual event in-person since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steve Newman, the Secretary of Wearside Amnesty, said:
“We’re really excited to be back live again this year. Human Rights Day is a big day in the Amnesty calendar and we hope that as many people as possible will be able to share it with us. Sadly there will be some grim messages about the state of human rights globally, but there are some successes to report as well and we hope people who come will feel energised to take action for human rights.”
Attendees will be welcomed by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alison Smith, and speakers will include Councillor Claire Rowntree, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, and Chris Howson, the University Chaplain and Chair of Sunderland City of Sanctuary, who will speak about protecting the right to protest.
The event will also hear from speakers from Amnesty International and the No to Hassockfield Campaign, who are campaigning for the closure of the controversial detention centre for women in North West Durham.
A member of the Iranian community will speak about the struggle for human rights in Iran, and a representative from the Ukrainian community will focus on the impact of the ongoing war.
Asylum Matters and FODI (Friends of the Drop In for asylum seekers and refugees) will focus on the rights of people seeking asylum and their experiences in Sunderland, while ANEW (Amnesty North East Welcomes) will share how people can get involved in welcoming refugee families to the UK.
Rowan McCabe, the world’s first ‘Door-to-Door Poet’, will perform some of his work, and everyone will have the opportunity to take part in Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign, which gives the public an opportunity to write letters of support to people around the world who have been punished for using their right to protest.
There will also be stalls with flyers and resources, and the opportunity to chat to the speakers to find out more over tea and coffee.
Anyone interested in attending the event can register online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-rights-day-live-registration-446179674417.