Screening: Intersexion (english with german subtitles)

On Thursday, 3rd of May, the english-speaking group of Amnesty International Bochum invites you to a screening of „intersexion“, a documentation by Gary Lahood about intersex people. Afterwards the activist Şefik_a will be available for discussions, especially concerning the effect of “genital-normalising surgeries”.

‘Is it a boy or a girl?’ It is often the first question people ask parents about their baby.  It’s a question based on the assumption that the world is divided into two groups of people, male and female, and that everyone’s biological and genetic characteristics fit neatly into one of two categories.

But that is not always the case; in fact, more often than you might think. An estimated 1.7% of children in the world are born every year with variations of sex characteristics.

Many of these children undergo surgery in an effort to ‘normalise’ them, despite the fact that these interventions are often not emergency-driven, invasive and irreversible. These children are too young to consent at the time of the intervention and their parents are often not given adequate information and support to make an informed decision about what is best for their children.

In May 2017, Amnesty International published a report titled „First, Do No Harm: ensuring the rights of children born intersex“ which concluded that genital-normalising surgeries can constitute gross violations of human rights with long-lasting effects on health, sexuality, fertility and the psychological constitution.

  • Date & time: 03.05.2018, 6:30pm
  • Location: Room GABF 04/514 at Ruhr-University Bochum

The Asylum Dialogues

Documentary Theatre – Actors for Human Rights Germany (Bühne für Menschenrechte)
in German, with English, French, Arabic, Turkish and Russian subtitles
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7pm in Kulturzentrum Bahnhof Langendreer ()
Free entry, donations welcome

The ASYLUM DIALOGUES speak about encounters which change people, about joint fights in unexpected moments. One of the stories is set in Osnabrück, where since March 2014, 37 deportations have been prevented by a solidly united group of people. We hear these stories first hand, from the perspective of two young activists who are forced to play a cat-and-mouse-game with the police. The story confronts us with the question how much courage we can develop when activists turn into close friends.

The Asylum Dialogues were developed through detailed interviews, only shortened without linguistic changes: documentary, verbatim theatre. It is as if the acting ensemble speaks directly to the audience, reaches their hands and draws them into a new world: entangled, connected, linked with the heroes of the Asylum Dialogues. It is already the second production of Actors for Human Rights Germany after the success of the ASYLUM MONOLOGUES.

In cooperation with Kulturzentrum Bahnhof Langendreer; aided by LAG Soziokultur NRW as part of the “Talk back” series.



Ready for Boarding – Live audio-play on the CIA torture report

On Wednesday, 19th of April, the english-speaking group of Amnesty International Bochum invites you to „Ready for Boarding“, the world’s first theatrical adaption of the official senate report on the CIA torture program that was published in 2014.

The „Brachland Ensemble“, an independent group of performing artists and cultural workers from the fields of acting, performance art, dance and film, has designed and staged the play in cooperation with Amnesty International. The german premiere was celebrated on April 22, 2016 in Kassel. The english premiere will take place in Bochum on April 19 at 7pm in Kulturzentrum Bahnhof Langendreer. The play will be followed by a discussion session with members of Amnesty International and the ensemble.

How can there be a state-legitimized torture within a legal system and where does it begin? Can we rule out the torture program’s reactivation or maybe even an establishing on European soil?

Three professional speakers set to sound the stunning text with very few props, mainly using sound, light and voice. It is in parts rewritten as dialogues to translate the report of 600 pages into living but still incomprehensible situations. Breathtaking is not only the perfidy of the CIA’s system of imprisonment and torture, but the proceeding of a bureaucracy that failed when it mattered. Continue reading Ready for Boarding – Live audio-play on the CIA torture report

Whistleblowers & Vigilantes – Digital resistance from a human rights perspective

On Sunday, August 31 Amnesty International and Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HKMV) invite you to the exhibition „Whistleblower & Vigilanten. Figures of Digital Resistance“
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Introduction by Amnesty International to mass surveillance and the importance of encryption as a tool to protect human rights online
  • 12:30 – 13:15: Guided tour to the exhibition, featuring figures of digital resistance, their legal concepts and motivations
  • from 13:15 on: Continue visiting the exhibition or have a cup of tea or coffee with members of Amnesty International
  • Dortmunder U (3rd Floor, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund)

The guided tour is sponsored by Amnesty International; you have to pay only the entry fee of 5,00 Euro (2,50 Euro reduced price). To help us organise the tour better we encourage you to write to to register for the event. Continue reading Whistleblowers & Vigilantes – Digital resistance from a human rights perspective

Amnesty International Bochum – English-speaking group

The Amnesty International groups in Bochum invite everyone who is interested to stand up for human rights to join the first, constitutive meeting of our new English-speaking group of Amnesty International in the Ruhr area. We welcome anyone in and outside Bochum who speaks English, no matter your native language. We will meet on Wednesday (20/05/15) at 7 pm at the “Oase” room 02, Overbergstraße 19, Bochum (Tram station “Lennershof” – U35).

If you are interested in such a group, you are invited to participate and help us with planning our first activites. If you know someone who is interested, please invite them, too!

  • What is Amnesty International?
  • What can an english-speaking Amnesty-group do for human rights in Germany?
  • Plans for first projects / activities
  • Your questions / ideas / …
  • Setting up time and location for the next meetings

Other Amnesty International groups in english language: