David H welcomed everyone.

Minutes of last meeting agreed

Matters arising:

Jim M has had a letter from Clive Lewis MP in response to his concerns over the criteria for reuniting refugee families.

David H joined others from Mothers’ Union and Sanctuary Norfolk at a Policy and Resources Committee meeting of Norfolk County Council. They discussed possibility of receiving 50 refugees to Norfolk. The mood of the meeting was positive. A decision will be taken at a meeting of the full council on 25th July. There are two separate issues, the number of refugees to be taken over five years (20,000) and the plight of vulnerable children. 1,600 refugees have been settled in the UK as end of March.

Talk Dr Anas Injarie ‘Syria today – a personal perspective’

Anas Injarie, Syrian ophthalmologist from the Norfolk and Norwich hospital spoke movingly about the history of Syria since independence. He described the complex political, social and religious situation and the strength of the Syrian people to determine their own future however long it takes.

Campaigns

Good news

Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), subject of May’s monthly action has been released, but her sentence has been suspended for three and a half years.

Mahdi Abu Dheep (Bahrain) released in April thanks Amnesty supporters in the Summer 2016 edition of Amnesty magazine.

Shaker Amer also thanked supporters in the Spring issue.

Monthly Action – Tunisia: Show solidarity with the LGBTI community

Tunisian penal code criminalises same sex sexual relations between adults and expressions that are ‘offensive or undermine public morals and decency’. Violence and harassment goes unreported because of fear of arrest and prosecution. Action includes letters to Prime Minister Habib Essid and the Ambassador in Britain.

Children’s Human Rights Network – Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC)

Cobalt, a key part of lithium batteries is used in Smartphones and laptops. Half of market is extracted in the DRC amid hazardous working conditions, often involving child labour. Action is to write to Apple(US), Samsung (Korea), Huawei (China)asking them to be be more transparent about their suppliers.

Uzbekistan – Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov

Background information and points to raise in letters available.

Events

  • Amnestea organised by Lyn H and Octagon Chapel was successful and raised £185. Thank you to all involved.
  • UNA Lunchbox talk Friday 17 June 1pm Friends Meeting House Talk by Dr Wendy McMahon ‘Torture: What is it good for?’
  • Sponsored Walk 25 June Start 10am – 11am Reepham, choice of 3 walks, 6 miles 9.5 miles 12.5 miles. Sponsor forms with David Y and on group website. Posters are up in city centre,
  • Peace Camp 16th July Forum David Y is able to set up but not stay. Volunteers will need to be organised.
  • Pride Day 30th July Norwich Forum

AOB

Meeting gathered holding letters of ‘Welcome Refugees’ for photograph.

Meeting closed at 9.20pm.

Next Meeting – Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 7.30pm

Downloads

Download 15th June 2016 Minutes (Word)

Download 15th Jun 2016 Minutes (PDF)