Free Taner, Amnesty’s chair jailed in Turkey !

Demonstration at the Turkish embassy in Japan on June 15th !

AITEN members joined AI Japan last week to protest and urge the Turkish authorities to free Taner Kiliç. The Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, has been detained in Turkey and wrongly accused of membership of the “Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization”, which the authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup.

Turkey: drop the charges against Chair of Amnesty International Turkey and release him immediately

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/free-taner/

Demo at the Turkish embassy

Next AITEN’s Movie Night on Sunday 11th

Movie Night

Conviction (2010), starring Hilary SWANK and Sam ROCKWELL, dramatizes the true story of Betty Anne Waters—a high school drop-out single mother with two children and a blue-collar job—whose brother, Kenny, was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Unable to pay for a competent defense lawyer to appeal Kenny’s case, Betty Anne decided to devote herself to study to become that lawyer. 18 years later, in 2001, Kenny was released!

AITEN invites you to enjoy the award-winning movie of this amazing story at Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa this coming Sunday, June 11, at 5PM.

Next meeting

AITEN is the Amnesty International Tokyo English Network, a group of people living / working in Tokyo who get together to educate and agitate for human rights worldwide . Come and meet us—with no obligation to join— at our next meeting: Weds  June 14th at the AIJ Japan office

Aiten’s Monthly Meeting – May 16th

The next regular monthly meeting will be held at the AIJ office in Shin Ochanomizu/ Kanda from 7-9pm.

We will hear reports from the Rainbow Parade, which AIJ and AITEN members took part in for the first time, and the Yamathon event in which four intrepid AITEN members plus supporters valiantly walked the length of the Yamanote Line in pouring rain in support of Plan International. Letter writing will focus on the case of gay men in Chechnya who are under attack and the on-going support of imprisoned journalists. Without free and unobstructed media, human rights cannot prevail so our support for brave individual journalists and bloggers is an essential part of Amnesty’s campaigns. We need to do some forward planning too. Come and be involved!!

All old and new human rights supporters are very welcome to come and share your ideas!! Scroll down for a map.

AITEN events and meetings in March 18th -20th – 21th !

1. This Saturday, 18th March 2017, Sacred Heart International School
will hold their annual Family Festival.

And again this year the organizers have waived the fee for the table so that AITEN members and supporters can ask
people to write and/or sign cards for Prisoners of Conscience, to buy AI goods or make a  donation, and can support and exchange ideas with the school AI group.
There is food and drink from around the world, an amazing range of stuff to buy, and the festival will go ahead rain or shine, so come to Hiroo subway station on
the Hibiya Line (one stop from Ebisu), enjoy the festival (it runs from 10:00 to 16:00), and help out on our table for an hour or so.
We really need your help!
Poster for the festival:
https://www.issh.ac.jp/community/news-and-updates

2.  Next AITEN public meeting is on Monday 20th March  2017 (4 ~ 6:30pm).
      “The Witch-hunts of the McCarthy Era and HUAC, and its lessons
for us today.”

The discussion will be introduced by showing clips from the recent movie “Trumbo,” (English only, running time 120 mins)
starring Brian Cranston. (A version with J subtitles is due in mid-May). Trumbo trailer here.

Come, watch, discuss.

Free admission. No cover charge. Food and great beer available.
The place is the Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa. (Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/hyTaYmktcfQ2)

3. AITEN monthly meeting on Tuesday 21st March at the AIJ office.

We’ll be letter-writing and event planning (including what we will do at What the Dickens on Sunday, 2nd April and on Earth Day Weekend at Yoyogi
Park on April 22/23). All welcome, no obligation to join.
Map to Amnesty’s office in Kanda: https://goo.gl/maps/HV1KqMrxg2C2

Hope to see you at one or more of those. Please forward this notice to
people you know.

“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

AITEN meeting on February 21st (Tuesday)

Hello everyone, get ready for our next meeting on February 21st (Tuesday) !

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !

Program:

  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world.

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 21st, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail : info@amnesty.or.jp

Google maps link

AITEN meeting on January 17th (Tuesday)

Happy New Year 2017 ! Best wishes to all of you !

The first meeting of the year will be on January 17th (Tuesday).

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !

Program:

  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world.

Don’t forget to check as well the Film Festival organized by Amnesty International Japan in January (28-29) !

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 17th, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail : info@amnesty.or.jp

Google maps link

AITEN meeting on December 13th (Tuesday)

Hello everyone, our next meeting will be hold on December 13th (Tuesday).

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !

Program:

Close Guantanamo ! campaign,

  • we will take a countdown picture to ask President Obama to keep his promise. http://www.closeguantanamo.org/
  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world in the context of the WRITE FOR RIGHTS campaign going on globally. Last event we wrote more than 50 letters to support various people !

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 13th, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail : info@amnesty.or.jp

Google maps link

WRITE FOR RIGHTS 2016 campaign is starting in Ebisu ! Dec. 4th (Sun.)

AITEN event in Ebisu

Our next event will be held in the pub What The Dickens in Ebisu on December 4th (Sunday). (see map below)

From 16:00, we will be writing letters and discussing Human Rights issues to support the global Write For Rights campaign.

There will be an open-mic event in the pub from 18:00, which you are welcome to join as well.

WRITE A LETTER. CHANGE A LIFE.

WRITE FOR RIGHTS is a global Amnesty International’s campaign to mark the International Human Rights day. All over the world, people like YOU and ME gather and spend some time to write letters to

  • prisoners of conscience and opinion
  • oppressed women
  • people from minorities suffering from state-level intolerance
  • people condemned to the death penalty

WE BELIEVE that by sending letters, each one of us has the power to express his/her concerns, raise awareness in the world and eventually enable the release of those prisoners, improve the life conditions of minority and protect each other’s lives. Each year, prisoners are freed thanks to Amnesty’s campaigns and most of all THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERY ONE OF US.

Here is the list of cases carefully elected by Amnesty International as representing the most actual issues of Human Rights globally:

2016 WRITE FOR RIGHTS CASES

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What The Dickens – Ebisu