Chair: David Huband

Chair welcomed all to the meeting

Minutes of last meeting agreed

Campaigns

Stop Torture

David Ford reported that, in September, MEPs on the Trade Committee voted through an amended version of the EU law prohibiting the trade in torture equipment and that in October MEPs voted overwhelmingly to close the existing loopholes in the law.

Shaker Aamer

David Huband reported on the latest news concerning Shaker Aamer, who, while thanking all those who had campaigned for his release, wants us to continue to campaign for the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

Monthly Action

Joanna introduced the campaign to improve access to contraception and sexual health services for women and girls in Burkino Faso. An information sheet was distributed and members were asked to write letters addressed to the President – but returned to AIUK who will deliver letters during a meeting with the government of Burkino Faso in the New Year.

Children’s Action

This campaign focuses on the young girls being married to older men in Burkino Faso. This was highlighted in the Write for Rights campaign.

Human Rights Act

This is to be postponed until the New Year. The Government has delayed its decision to publish

an outline Bill of Rights. There might be clarification which will help us decide how to proceed in

the New Year.

AIUK News

David Ford highlighted a report on Amnesty’s work on the pollution and human rights abuses in the

Niger Delta. This is a work in progress.

Events

School visits

David Huband reported on School visits he had made. He spoke to all Year 10 students at

Wymondham College, followed by a Write for Rights session resulting in c.125-150 cards and letters

being sent.

He also visited N. Walsham High School Years 7-11 over five days, with 800-900 cards being written.

All agreed that this was an astonishing and very important achievement.

Meeting with Clive Lewis

David Huband and David Yates had a successful meeting with Clive Lewis MP, who supported our

campaigning concerning both allowances for asylum seekers and the Human Rights Act. He agreed

to send an adapted copy of the letter about the Human Rights Act, which was drafted at the

Regional Meeting, to Michael Gove.

Write for Rights

This was held this year at the Anteros Centre. The event went well with 71 cards and letters written

and posted.

Future events

A service at the Octagon Chapel will be held on 17th January 2016 at 11 o’clock. All members welcome. Lynn asked for badges and up-beat stories.

Street Collection

Nicky Leach has several possible dates for the collection and will wait for a decision from the City Council.

The Meeting ended with mince pies as members wrote greeting cards to those highlighted in the Write for Rights campaign.

Next Meeting – Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 7.30pm

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