Past Events with Photos

Thursday, December 10, 2020 7:00-8:00PM
With 76 cards and letters being mailed to both authorities and human rights defenders as a result of our online Write4Rights event we feel our small group made a great contribution!  Thank you to everyone who made the event happen, especially Megan for initiating  our online version and putting together the power-point.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 7:00-7:45PM  – In Partnership with Aurora Public Library – Zoom presentation as part of One Book One Aurora event schedule.
“Taking Action on Human Rights, a panel discussion featuring Amnesty Aurora/Newmarket Group, sparked an important conversation about the connection between economic and social rights as International Human Rights Law.
If you missed the event, you can view the discussion at
November 24, 2:30-4:30 pm, Sunday – Annual Write-athon in the Historic Chapel of Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora.  Cards of encouragement to prisoners around the world who are suffering from violations of their human rights were written along with letters to government officials on specific current cases.
This is an annual event held late November/early December to mobilize millions of people around to use the power of letter-writing to influence world leaders to protect individuals or communities whose human rights have been denied.   December 10 is International Human Rights Day.
Follow the link below for pictures.  Thank you snapd Aurora!
September 14 10am-Noon, Saturday – One Book One Aurora, Aurora Public Library
Amnesty International was present at the Aurora Library’s One Book One Aurora event, with urgent action info & letter writing table for adults plus family story time followed by art activities for all ages.
No pictures of our own but we invite you to click on the link below for a great story from the Auroran, one of the local newspapers.

Write for Rights

Saturday December 8, 2018  2:00-4:00

Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora, ON

Thank you to all those who came out to join us for our version of the annual Amnesty event that is observed around the world on or around December 10.  A good number of letters and personal notes to prisoners of conscience and their supporters were written.

Some of the participants with Mary holding the lighted candle, a symbol of hope to those who find themselves under threat or imprisoned for advocating and/or pursuing basic human rights, that we so often take for granted living in Canada.

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Write for Rights – Fall 2018

Amnesty Aurora/Newmarket Write for Rights were present at the Aurora Public Library, Saturday October 13, 2018 as a participant in the One Book Aurora activities during the month of October.   People were invited to learn more about what they can do to help with human rights issues around the world, sign a petition, write a letter, and join our local group.

Children were also invited to join in making a community art project.

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December 2017 – Write for Rights


On November 7, 2017 the Newmarket/Aurora Amnesty group hosted an evening as part of the Holocaust Education.   We were privileged to have Dr. Les Jacobs (professor at York University), an expert in human rights discuss the events that led to the passion of the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights and its relevance as a pivotal moment in a post-Holocaust era.

Hamid Hassemi-Shall is an Iranian-Canadian computer technician who was arrested by Iran on espionage charges in 2008 and sentenced to death the following year.  A number of our group joined with Amnesty International in a letter-writing campaign on his behalf to have his execution reversed and have him returned to Canada.  The Canadian government and senate also became involved.  October 2013 saw him returned to Canada.  On May 11, 2017 Hamid and his wife, Antonella, visited the Newmarket/Aurora Chapter to express their gratitude to members who were involved with the letter writing and to talk about his experience.   Letter writing really does work!

Hamid and Antonella - May 11 17 visit our group

The Annual Write for Rights  – December 10, 2016 was held at the Aurora Public Library.

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Please speak out for Human Rights – I Can’t

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