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Prisoner of Conscience
Prisoner of Conscience
Rights Readers: Human Rights
Book Discussion Blog (2005-2015)
Book Group Archive 1999-2008
S. Cal. Cluster
SLAVERY IS NOT HISTORY...YET!
Group 22 "dresses up" and marches in the Doo Dah Parade to protest human trafficking (modern-day slavery).
Visit our Doo-Dah 2009 page for story and photos!
Our 2008 entry was Waterboardin' USA (photo at right). We've missed only three parades since 1998. See our Doo-Dah pages for
2005 and 2008. See our Facebook page (see sidebar) for pix of our 2011 entry.
Welcome to Amnesty International Group 22
Group 22 is one of many local affiliates of Amnesty
International USA, which in turn is the United States national
of the worldwide Amnesty
movement. Founded in 1961, AI works impartially for the release of all
prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political
and an end to torture and executions (for further information, see the brief
history and description and the text of the definition
of human rights). Group 22 was established as both a registered student group at
Caltech and a community local group for the Pasadena area.
in Pasadena, California
New members are always welcome!
Simply show up any of our events listed below. Our monthly meetings or
letter-writing sessions are especially good places to start. See the map for directions.
See below. Regular meetings are cancelled during Covid pandemic.
For further information contact: email@example.com.
AI Group 22 Events for April 2021 are virtual online events.
[non-Amnesty] April 3-28. International Rescue Center (IRC) in Los Angeles and San Diego present their annual Refugee Film Festival with four streaming films. Live Q&A at 6 pm on Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28.
Tuesday, April 13, 7:30-9 pm. Zoom Letter-writing.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in our Zoom letter-writing session.
You can still write letters on your own: go to
Check the Amnesty USA home page
for online actions and updates on current human rights issues such as gun violence and ICE detention.
Current Urgent Actions selected for Group 22 Letter Writing
Sunday, April 18, 6:30 pm. Human Rights Book Discussion on Zoom.
Our April selection is a novel, "The Wall", by John Lanchester. This dystopian novel tells of an island nation surrounded by a Wall protecting it from desperate outsiders trapped by rising seas. The book was shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize.
The Kirkus Review says, "Dystopian fiction done just right, with a scenario that's all too real."
If you are interested in the book discussion, please contact email@example.com in order to receive an invitation to the Zoom session.
Tuesday, April 20, is the birthday of our adopted Prisoner of Conscience Gao Zhisheng, a brave human rights lawyer in China who was forcibly disappeared in August 2017. We will mark his birthday with letters and social media actions.
Sample Letter to U.S. Secretary of State is available at
The mailing address is included in the letter.
You can also use the State Dept contact form or tweet @SecBlinken.
Follow Gao Zhisheng on FaceBook and Twitter and post for his birthday.
Updates and Newsletters
Latest news update was sent November 26.
Other updates were sent September 30, August 31, July 29, June 25, and May 9.
The most recent newsletter was March 2020 (pdf)
Current AI Actions and Campaigns in which we are involved:
- Prisoner of Conscience in Iran Narges Mohammadi.
Narges was released from prison on 8 October 2020!
Group 22 began to work on her case in September 2015.
See our Facebook album of our 2016 rally for Narges on April 21 (her birthday).
- Prisoner of Conscience in China Gao Zhisheng. Amnesty reopened the case file for human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing since August 2017, and Group 22 resumed our work for him.
- The campaign to abolish the death penalty.
- The campaign for Security with Human Rights.
- Human Rights in China.
Past AI Actions and Campaigns in which we were involved:
- Prisoner of Conscience Gao Zhisheng.
This case file was closed by Amnesty International in March 2015.
(But see above!)
Group 22 concluded our 5 years of case work with a celebration marking his birthday April 20. (video)
- Prisoner of Conscience Estifanos Seyoum,
imprisoned in Eritrea in 2001. Reported to have died in detention in 2007.
- Prisoner of Conscience Brother
Nguyen Thien Phung (Huan),
imprisoned in Vietnam from 1987 to 2005.
Earth! Defending those who give the Earth a voice.
- The Coalition for
Civil Liberties, attempting to combat the excesses of the USA
PATRIOT act and other measures in the War on Terrorism.
- Ngawang Gyaltsen, a
Monk long imprisoned in China, who was released in 2004.
- Ngawang Pekar,
Monk released in 2003. Group 22 worked on his case for 7 years.
Arabia: A Secret State of Suffering
- The USA Campaign
Rights for All!
- Don't miss the results
of our survey of the Caltech community's attitude towards stun belts.
a project by AI Greater Los Angeles Area Development to celebrate the
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
- The colorful Prayer Flag Project
of the Drepung Printing Group, Tibet
Team, for local INS detention facilities
- Regional Action Network
the Former Soviet
Union (Western area)
- Action involving the Balkans
focussed on the "Arrest Now!" action, concerning indicted war-crimes
Other Human Rights Groups in the Pasadena Area
Please note that listing of a link to a non-AI site is not an
endorsement of its contents by Amnesty International.