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Andrew Mitchell MP meets the Royal Town's Amnesty International Group

Andrew Mitchell MP has attended the Sutton Coldfield Amnesty International Group’s event hosted by the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Lichfield Road.

Organised by Andrew Hindle from the Sutton Coldfield group, the evening comprised of a question and answer session where Andrew answered questions on a wide series of human rights issues with the audience. Questions spanned across a range of human rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural – with examples drawn from across the globe.

The main theme of the evening concerned the increase in violence against brave individuals around the world who defend and promote human rights.
The event was part of the Amnesty Brave campaign which seeks to raise human rights violations where foreign government officials target human rights defenders and their organisations through law, policy and practice which includes restrictions on funding, freezing of assets, reprisals against families, surveillance and smear campaigns – all in the name of protecting national security and defending national sovereignty.

Andrew Mitchell MP said:
“I am very pleased that Amnesty International has such a flourishing group in Sutton, and one which is clearly in touch with some of the most challenging international and domestic human rights issues of the time.

“Sutton Coldfield’s Amnesty International is right to highlight the important role of Human Rights Defenders. They are selfless individuals who are willing to speak out and defend the human rights of others at the risk of their own safety. I have received a petition highlighting these concerns from the Sutton Coldfield Amnesty International Group which I will be raising with the Foreign Secretary.”

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