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News :: Human Rights
Get on the Bus 2008 for Human Rights
29 Mar 2008
Somerville, MA – Amnesty International Local Group #133 will host its thirteenth annual human rights pilgrimage to New York City called “Get On The Bus” (GOTB) on Friday, April 11, 2008.

Amnesty Group 133 recruited more than 1,000 Amnesty International activists, primarily students, from more than 10 states to participate in a series of demonstrations at foreign consulates and United Nations (UN) missions to protest human rights abuses in Myanmar, Darfur (Sudan), Bhopal (India), Sri Lanka and Libya.
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Activists demonstrating outside the Libyan Mission to the UN will call for the release of political prisoner Fathi El-Jahmi, who was arrested in 2004 after calling for political reforms in Libya and criticizing Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi. He has been detained without trial ever since, and authorities have reportedly denied the 66-year-old adequate treatment for diabetes, hypertension and heart ailments. El-Jahmi's brother, Mohamed, will participate in the demonstration and give a morning talk on his work to free Fathi.

At the Sri Lankan Mission, activists will call for that government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the 2006 murder of journalist Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan. At least 10 media workers have been killed in Sri Lanka since the beginning of 2006. Outside the Sudanese Mission, demonstrators will call on Sudan to bring individuals responsible for the rapes, killing and displacement in Darfur to justice.

A demonstration at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza will call on Myanmar (Burma) to stop the crackdown on pro-democracy activists, monks, students and others, and demand the release of all political prisoners, including Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. At the Indian Consulate, the activists will demand justice for the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster. Union Carbide (now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical) has evaded accountability for the disaster; the demonstrators will call on India to compel Dow Chemical to appear before the Indian courts.

GOTB is the largest volunteer-organized Amnesty International event in the country. Past GOTB events included demonstrations against China’s imprisonment of Tibetan nuns and democracy advocates, Nigeria’s execution of human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, and discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens in Jamaica. For more information about Get On The Bus visit the website at ______________________________________________________________________
WHO: Amnesty International activists from across the Northeast

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2008

WHAT: Speakers Panel: St. Bartholomew's Church, 109 E. 50th St, 11:00am-12:45pm
Demonstrations at:
The Libyan Mission to the UN: 48th St and 2nd Ave, 2:00pm-2:35pm
The Sudanese Mission to the UN: 47th St and 2nd Ave, 2:40pm-3:15pm
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (Myanmar protest): 47th St and 1st Ave, 3:20pm-3:55pm
The Sri Lankan Mission to the UN: 41st St and 3rd Ave, 4:25pm-5:00pm
Side Action: Indian Consulate: 64th St and 5th Ave, 1:05pm-1:40pm

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