Founded in 1972, Group 11 of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), based in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, has been at the forefront of the struggle to protect human rights for decades. We accomplish our mission by writing letters and postcards; signing petitions; tabling at Grand Central Station, street fairs and other events; contacting members of Congress and federal agencies and presenting our positions to foreign government missions in New York and Washington.

May 1st Iran Demonstration

On May 1, 2024, members of AIUSA Group 11 – NYC organized a protest in front of Iran’s Mission to the UN in New York. The protest featured the famous Iranian hip-hop artist and dissident Toomaj Salehi, who is on death row in Iran solely for his artistic expression and peaceful criticism of the Iranian government. The Amnesty activists had a human-size cut-out of Salehi and chanted “Free Toomaj – Artistic expression is not a crime!”

The protest brought to the spotlight Zeynab Jalalian, an activist for Iran’s Kurdish minority, who is serving a life sentence, and Vahid Afkari, who is serving a 33-year prison sentence for peacefully protesting against the Iranian regime. Amnesty activists distributed flyers that featured all three Iranian prisoners to the passersby.

Annual Persian New Year Nowruz Celebration

On March 26, 2024 Group 11 members honored Iranian prisoners and their families on the traditional Persian New Year by sending post cards and submitting social media greetings.

Monthly Meetings

Group 11 meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 647 Columbus between 91st and 92nd Streets

Next meeting: Tue, May 28, 2024 6:30pm

Meetings are located at the Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets. Enter on Columbus Avenue and ask for the Art Room. At these meetings we review the cases and campaigns we are working on, sign prepared letters and petitions on them and discuss current human rights situations. We often have a guest speaker on a pressing human rights issue.

Prospective members are always welcome to our meetings, but we would appreciate hearing in advance if you wish to attend a meeting. You can let us know and also obtain more information about Group 11 by signing up below.

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Letter-Writing Campaign

Group 11 members have engaged in a monthly letter-writing campaigns for decades. You can find our latest letters by clicking here.

Featured Letter – Iran

The recently imposed harsh sentence of Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist, to 80 lashes, 30 months of imprisonment, and two monetary fines for filing a complaint against the prison director for a beating she received inside the Evin Prison is a blatant violation of Iran’s obligations under international law.

2024 Write for Rights Gala Event

On January 31 members of Group 11, other AIUSA Groups and supporters of AIUSA gathered at the Goddard-Riverside Community Center to sign letters on behalf of prominent defenders of human rights from 10 countries.

Group 11 Benefit Concert CelebrateD 75th Anniversary of the UDHR and HonorED Narges Mohammadi

Group 11’s 48th Annual Benefit Concert on December 10, 2023 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a program of music celebrating freedom and human rights by Ukranian, Iranian- American and composers from other nations.

It also honored Narges Mohammadi, recipient of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize. Group 11 has sought for many years to free this Iranian prisoner of conscience.

For information about the concert and how to donate click here. A full program listing is here. A recording of the concert is available here.

Watch the full concert!

Russia: Stop Your War on Ukraine

The government of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a manifest violation of the United Nations Charter and an act of aggression that is a crime under international law. All those involved in this crime must be held accountable and the war must end immediately. Indiscriminate attacks violate international humanitarian law (the laws of war) and can constitute war crimes. Tell Russian authorities—including President Vladimir Putin, Minister of Defense General Sergey Shoigu and Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov—that the government of Russia must stop its war on Ukraine, stop attacking civilians and civilian targets in Ukraine, stop violating the human rights of peaceful protesters, and comply with its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.

  • 2023 Annual General Meeting

    Group 11 member Alyce Stark participated in the closing of the AIUSA Annual General Meeting on March 5, 2023 in San Diego.  It featured a reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Iran May 1st Action

    Every May 1st Group 11 holds a peaceful protest outside the Iranian mission to the United Nations on 3rd Avenue. Several members participated in the 2023 action and a selection of photos is below.

  • Nowruz 2024

    Nowruz is the traditional Persian New Year and welcome for spring. In view of our long and deep involvement in human rights in Iran, we will once again send Nowruz greetings by mail and social media to selected Iranian prisoners, others at risk and their families on March 26, 2024.  All material and information will…