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 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 – May 24th (Tue.), AIJ office in Kanda

Thanks to all of you for coming to our film projection of CitizenFour tonight, it was great !

Following on the topic of privacy and freedom of expression, we will have an AITEN meeting next week, this time in the AIJ’s office near Kanda.

  • Discussion around your impressions about CitizenFour and the issues at stake

  • Some journalists members of the FCCJ (Foreign Correspondent Club of Japan) may visit and participate to the debate

  • Yang will present the case of Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian journalist sentenced to prison for expressing his political opinions

  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 24th, 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

New Year’s meeting on Jan .13th (Wed.)

AITEN January meeting on Wednesday 13th

1900~2100 in the Amnesty Japan’s office in Kanda.

Happy New Year to everyone ! As a good resolution, let us keep supporting people for freedom of conscience and expression, fight against torture and organize fund-raising events for AI Japan ! 2016 will be a promising year as our group has been growing all last year 🙂

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture, and we will start planning our actions for this year.

Recently many people have joined the group ! Don’t hesitate to join as well ! We need your help ! People around the world need your help !

Dinner/drinks at a nearby restaurant afterwards !

Please join us! Here is a map to the office :

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

Human Rights Day : Amnesty’s LETTER-WRITING MARATHON on Dec. 12th !

   Celebrate Human Rights Day by joining the 12-hour writing marathon organised by Amnesty International! Participate in the world’s biggest human rights event!

Saturday, 12th December 2015

Letter-writing Marathon

By writing lots of letters you can join the world.

By writing lots of letters you can help to stop human rights abuses.

This marathon is not hard.

Just write letters at your own pace, thinking of people suffering overseas:

Burkina Faso: forced to marry even though she is still a child

El Salvador: charged with a murder following a miscarriage

USA: still not released, although all the charges have been dropped

Iran: minors under sentence of death

We have prepared a range of activities for you throughout the day starting from 9 AM. You can make a bangle from an old Sari, write a letter in Spanish, and enjoy a party with a DJ, eating, drinking and dancing to music from all over the world!

Case_BurmaYou are free to enter and leave anytime, except for the bangle workshop (which needs a reservation in advance).

Invite your friends and relatives and enjoy together!

 9:00        Start

10:00        Introduction to Amnesty’s activities in 2015

10:30        Making a bangle from an old Sari

        * Fee 1,000 yen (snack included)

       * To participate, apply in advance.

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12:00        Lunch: compare curries of Asian countries

13:00        Letter-writing♪

* Write in support of up to 12 persons from 12 countries, against violations of human rights.

16:00         Let’s write a letter in Spanish!

18:00        Let’s Party!  (*Fee 1,000 yen)

*We will exhibit the letters from Amnesty supporters to Hakamada Iwao, who spent 48 years in prison on a false charge.

Japanese version / 日本語版:

This PDF is 200KB in size. Click here to download (FLY_Group-Writing-Marathon.pdf)

AITEN Nov. meeting on Wed. 18th in AIJ office, Kanda

AITEN November meeting on Wednesday 18th

1900~2100 in the Amnesty Japan’s office in Kanda.

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture.

We will discuss about our last fundraising event  in Ebisu which was pretty successful, and we will start planning our New Year’s actions.

Recently many people have joined the group ! Don’t hesitate to join as well ! We need your help ! People around the world need your help !

Dinner/drinks at a nearby restaurant afterwards !

Please join us! Here is a map to the office :

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 September meeting on 15th (Tues. ), AIJ office (Kanda)

AITEN September meeting on Tuesday 15th

1900~2100 in the Amnesty Japan’s office in Kanda.

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture.

We will also prepare our next BIG fundraising event : a gig in What The Dickens, Ebisu on October 11th !

Recently many people have joined the group ! Don’t hesitate to join as well ! We need your help ! People around the world need your help !

Dinner/drinks at a nearby restaurant afterwards !

Please join us! Here is a map to the office :

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

17June Meeting report

On June 17th, we had a well-attended meeting and welcomed four new participants. AIJ staffer  explained AI’s work in documenting human rights abuses in countries like Syria where many asylum seekers and refugees come from.This information supports people applying for recognition as refugees. Japan in particular has stringent rules and proof of abuse is required. Out of 11 people receiving refugee status last year only 3 were Syrian!

We also learned about other organizations supporting applicants in detention centers in Japan. The AI website contains many reports on these issues and some are translated on the AIJ site.

Finally, a film evening has been organized for July 5th in Shimokitazawa on an inspiring environmental & art project in South America which is empowering local people to take action. Watch this space for more details!

Here are some of the current urgent appeals from around the world that need
our support:

  • Elena Milashina, a Russian journalist covering Chechnya
  • Ta Phong Tan, a Vietnamese blogger serving a 10-year prison sentence
  • A 11-yr old Paraguyan girl pregnant as a result of rape, who needs protection for her health and life

This PDF is 266KB in size. Click here to download (EUR4618442015ENGLISH.pdf)

This PDF is 179KB in size. Click here to download (ASA4118272015ENGLISH.pdf)

This PDF is 182KB in size. Click here to download (AMR4518352015ENGLISH.pdf)

AITEN Meeting 17th June (Wed) at AIJ office in Kanda

Our next AITEN meeting will take place on June 17th (please note: WEDNESDAY), at the Amnesty Japan office in Kanda.

Time : 19:00 – 21:00

We will welcome a special guest, as the Amnesty International Japan staff member responsible for refugees,  will come and talk to us about the current situation and explain the campaign on Syrian refugees. She will talk, in English, on AI’s current campaign in support of Syrian refugees, and the opportunities to help refugees in Japan.

There will be a short debriefing after our successful event at the Kiwi Kitchen last Sunday. (more pictures to be updated soon !) Kiwi event sample

As usual, we will also hold a letter-writing session to support prisoners of conscience around the world and in particular the Ethiopian journalist Eskinder NEGA who we adopted in our group.

Let’s enjoy this meeting, and have dinner/drinks together afterwards ! Newcomers welcome !

Please come along! A map to the AIJ Office is below:

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

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