and North Warwickshire Euro MP Christine Oddy will be lending her support to Amnesty
International - the organisation which campaigns for the rights of people imprisoned or
persecuted for political or religious beliefs when she attends two events in her
constituency during the next week.
On Sunday 6 December she will attend a service at Solihull Methodist Church to mark the
50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The service is being organised jointly by the Central Solihull Fellowship of Churches
and the towns Amnesty group and will be conducted by the Rev David Blanchflower,
Solihull's Methodist minister.
Ms Oddy will hear an address to the congregation by Beatriz Miranda, who has lived in
Britain since fleeing her native Chile where she was a victim of the brutality of the
On Thursday 10 December, Ms Oddy will join members of Coventry's Amnesty Group for a
ceremony in the cathedral ruins to mark the Declaration. It will comprise a reading of the
Declaration, together with brief statements about selected Prisoners of Conscience and
Amnesty International campaigns. The ceremony will be attended by the Lord Mayor of
Coventry, Cllr Maggie Rosher and representatives of the city's football club and trades
Ms Oddy said:
"It is a sad reflection that half a century after the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, an organisation like Amnesty is so busy supporting those who have been
victimised for their beliefs. Hopefully in another half century Amnesty will not be needed
but meanwhile its work deserves the support of all of us who believe in the freedom to
express our views peacefully without fear of reprisal."