Minutes of last meeting agreed

Apologies: David Huband, Joanna

Campaigns

Monthly Action cancelled

It called on Burma’s leaders to release students imprisoned because of protest against repressive education law. All charges dropped on 8th April and scores of students released.

Action on Democratic Republic of Congo

Youths critical of government are being detained in the run up to presidential elections. An online petition can be found on AI’s Home page by following these links:

Amnesty International home page – take action – act now – Demand the release of the youths detained in Goma DRC

Stop Torture

Finishes next month. Cases in Mexico and Nigeria successful, with releases.

An Early Day Motion (1260), re closing Guantanamo, sponsored by Caroline Lucas MP 28 supporters. Group urged to contact MPs to sign up.

Syria

Amnesty is working with activists to set up civil society.

Children’s Human Rights Network

Iranian boy at imminent risk of execution for a crime committed when he was seventeen. Letters sent to the Head of the Judiciary and to the office of the Supreme leader.

Uzbekistan / Turkmenistan

David F will provide a precis next month. New co-ordinator in place.

Refugees

David H has written to James Brokenshire about low number of refuges coming to UK, poor response. He has now written to George Nobbs and his local councillor urging local authorities to house/accommodate 50 refugees. Letter signed by all.

Asylum

AI involved with asylum justice project.

Burkina Faso Sierra Leone

Amnesty money will be matched by DFID mid April to mid July. It was agreed that we will send our AIUK contribution to this project £250.00.

AIUK AGM report

  • Justine Ljeomah Nigerian human rights activist lit the candle. In his late forties he has ben arrested twenty six times, tortured and survived two assassination attempts.
  • Chair of board – Sarah O’Grady talked about improvements to governance. 47% of AI’s money goes to the global South.
  • Director’s report – Kate Allen There have been 541 individual campaign actions. Online petitions have proved successful with good outcomes. Much action on the dissolution of the HR Act.

AIUK had recent meeting with Foreign Office to discuss UK breaking Arms Trade Treaty regarding Saudi Arabia. AIUK aims to triple membership by 2020

– Workshops

People on the move campaign – Starts in September. 4.8 million refugees are from Syria. 52% are under 12 yrs. Canada has taken the most refugees from Syria. There are 40 million internally displaced people.

Surveillance – AI questions whether mass surveillance rather than targeted is a breach of human rights. Debate in Parliament to limit this power.

  • AIUK Treasurer’s Report

AIUK makes the largest financial contribution to AI, beating Holland.

AIUK’s income £24.9 million and expenditure£23.8 million with £6-8 million reserves. Income fell by £1.9 m last year. Legacies £400,000

231 local groups – 4 closed/ 5 opened There has been an increase in all networks eg schools, trade unions

  • AIUK Resolutions

Governance resolutions need 75% of the vote, to be carried.

Two key resolution put by the AIUK board failed.

– Chair of the board will not also chair the AGM. This post will continue to be voted for by the AGM.

– Increase in the number of people needed to call an Emergency General Meeting failed. Saffron Walden resolution was carried so it still needs one hundred members.

– Implement five year Strategic Plan – carried

-Focus on human rights in Eritrea – carried

– Climate change as a human right – carried

– Close account with Co-op bank – carried

Events

  • Street collection – Nicky 7th May
  • Amnestea – Lyn 28th May Martineau Hall Colegate
  • Refugee Week – wk beginning 20th June ( David F contact)
  • Sponsored Walk – Saturday 25th June
  • Around Reepham 5miles
  • Marriots Way 9 miles /12 miles
  • David Y will design sponsor form and put it on website.
  • Talk on forcible evictions of Bedouin Palestinians 11th May 7.30 Friends’ Meeting House (Coincides with committee meeting)
  • Eat for Palestine – Mon 9th May Ali Tandoori 9-11 Magdalen Street

Next Meeting – Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 7.30pm

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