The Manchester Amnesty Group is part of Amnesty International, the worldwide human rights organisation. Amnesty works within the following mandate: The local group does a wide variety of campaign work and fundraising activities. Over the past year we have focused on the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has been described as the most important document in the history of human rights, establishing basic principles such as the right to life, the right to a fair trial, the right not to be tortured, to have freedom of expression and so on (see p4). Under the banner "Get Up, Sign Up!", we have asked people to sign their name to a pledge of support for the Declaration. Over 100,000 signatures have been collected in the UK which will be presented to the United Nations on December 8. To commemorate the anniversary there will be a candlelit vigil in the Peace Gardens, St Peter's Square from 6pm.

The group is currently campaigning on the USA, working to end police brutality, cruel prison conditions and the use of the death penalty. We are also launching a Children's Campaign early next year.

Manchester Amnesty Group (Julia Wickett 0161 434 3570)