Saturday Update

Well its Saturday again and I’m home alone working on another migration – been a straightfoward one though so should be finished before teatime with a bit of luck. Angela and Megan are off to Glasgow for lunch with Kimberley and baby Rory, then Megan’s staying at Nana’s again tonight so we can have the night out we didn’t manage the other weekend with Angela’s dodgy foot – just a shame Jim, Clare & Dave aren’t here this weekend!

Been a busy week this week – missed the footy on Tuesday night because we were attending an adoption meeting in Glasgow. To be honest it was quite disheartening, the explained that as we fall under the Glasgow area then the vast majority of babies that come up for adoption have been removed from their mother’s due to extreme neglect or drug/alcohol dependency. The agency are also still very keen for adopted children to maintain contact with their birth family – we feel we have to be careful that we’re not doing anything that will disadvantage Megan, so we’ve got some difficult decisions to make if we’re to take this any further.

Got some good news from Amnesty this week, one of the Urgent Actions we were sending faxes and emails for recently seems to have had the desired effect…

Lawyer Maria Aparecida Denadai is finally receiving adequate protection from the Federal Police, and is no longer in immediate danger.

She had been receiving death threats and had suffered intimidation as a result of the investigation into the 2002 killing of her brother, Marcelo Denadai, as he was preparing to reveal evidence of political corruption. In mid-February, after her case had been referred to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, she was provided with protection by the Federal Police. However, this protection was at first withdrawn, and was then inadequate once it was reinstated.

It is only after persistent complaints that she is now receiving adequate protection.

Amnesty International will continue to monitor the situation, and take further campaigning action as necessary. No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

It’s good to know you can make a difference with these things.

Unfortunately didn’t have a positive effect on my snooker playing – Darren & Elaine came down for tea on Wednesday and we left the girls talking weddings for a game down in Largs. Darren won the first four frames, and although I clawed a couple back he still ran out winning to stretch the lead to 7-3 overall.

The Volvo’s at 99,500 miles and whilst I was planning on running it a bit longer I’ve realised the PCP on Angela’s car is going to be up in a little over 12 months so I might be better changing it this year rather than having to deal with both next year. It’s 5 and a half years old now, and rumour’s abound that if you get a car allowance from work then you can’t run a car more than 6 years old, so I might be forced to change it next year. Would be better to do it this year if I can find a good deal, and I may just have spotted one – watch this space…

On the web front Dave’s website and blog are now up and running – with some very dodgy jingles from CUR to enjoy – and it seems like Kayee’s been bitten by the blogging bug too.

Everybody’s at it! 🙂

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Sudan – Urgent Action

Another UA has come through from Amnesty

Scores of people including dozens of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been detained over the past few weeks in several towns in Darfur. They were protesting against the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) and many of them are still being held incommunicado where they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

On 29 May, security officers and central reserve police officers fired live ammunition into a crowd of protestors in Otash IDP Camp near Nyala in South Darfur.

Emails and faxes are on their way…

Another Urgent Action

Another urgent action arrived today, this time for a student activist arrested in Nepal…

Yagya Raj Pant was reportedly severely beaten by police when he was arrested on 26 January 2006. According to the non-governmental organization, the Forum for Protection of People’s Rights – Nepal (PPR-Nepal), he has not received adequate medical treatment for his injuries.

With Pete hoping to get there in the next few weeks, hopefully a bit of external pressure will improve the situation.

Went to Potters in Largs last night with Darren for the return snooker match, and managed to level the series. Took the first two frames for an early lead but Darren pegged it back to a deciding fifth frame which went to the home team!

Urgent Action

I’ve recently rejoined the Amnesty International Urgent Action Network and received the first request today.

Maria Aparecida Denadai, a lawyer working in the state of Espirito Santo, near Rio de Janeiro, has received death threats. It is feared that these threats may be linked to the killing of her brother, lawyer Marcelo Denadai, in 2002, as he was preparing to reveal evidence on political corruption in Espirito Santo state. Maria Aparecida Denadai may be in grave danger.

I’ve written my letter’s and faxed them off so let’s hope they have the desired effect.

On more mundane matter’s Uncle Pete’s visit was a big success all round, Megan was most upset when she discovered he really had gone home. Pete also managed to fit in a jaunt up Goat Fell on Arran on Saturday – obviously I would have joined him had I not been working on Southend’s migration (that’s my story anyway!). He’s uploaded some photos of Goat Fell and a windy Sunday morning on the beach at Ayr onto his Kodak Galleries account.

Went for a game of snooker in Renfrew with Darren last night, and was soundly beaten. Lost the first three frames hardly potting a ball, but managed to get it back to 3-2 before Darren won the last frame of the night. We’ll try a repeat in a week or two, down here if I can find a snooker hall locally.

There’s no migrations on this weekend (hurrah!) so it’s the first hockey game in months on Saturday – away for the fives at Auchenhowie. I’ll probably be regretting it come Sunday…