17th July 2013 Minutes
Chair: David Huband (DH)
Minutes: Sue Mills
Apologies Joanna Kinnaird
Carl Grint highlighted the case of 2 men arrested in Cambodia wrongly imprisoned for the killing of a prominent Trade Union leader in 2004. They were released in 2008 but have suddenly been sent back to prison. Members are urged to send a letter, fax or e-mail before July 28th. Full details can be found at www.norwichamnesty.org.uk/campaigns
We will limit our efforts asking for an independent enquiry into the death in custody of Ogulsapar Muradova to every other month.
Our Group has just been allocated another case in Central Asia. David Ford outlined the details of the campaign concerning Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov, an independent journalist in Uzbebekistan who has been convicted on a trumped-up charge of drug trafficking and given a term of 10 years. More details will follow next month.
Jim Massey reported on developments concerning Guantanamo, the hunger strike and Shaker Aamer’s condition over the last month. Shaker Aamer has told Clive Stafford Smith (his lawyer) that conditions in Guantanamo are worse than they have ever been. However, President Obama has now appointed Clifford Sloan as Special Envoy for Closure of Guantanamo and Jim distributed letters addressed to Mr Sloane, putting the case for the release of Shaker Aamer.
David Yates reported that a large number of letters were signed at the Peace Camp stall and sent to the Presidents of the countries in the Southern Africa Development Community, urging them to send election monitors into Zimbabwe for the elections on July 31st. He distributed postcards for members to sign and send to London, for AI to forward.
David Huband highlighted instances of abuses against women in Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran. But his reference to the inspirational speech on education rights, addressed to the UN by Mlala Yousafzai, gave a welcome lift to the general gloom.
Pride Day 27th July
Our Amnesty stall at the Forum will focus on an action from last year’s campaign – Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24 year old South African lesbian whose rape and murder in April 2011 has still not been investigated by the police.
Roma Genocide Commemoration 2nd August
Second Annual Remembrance event at Hyde Park. Details on the web.
Hiroshima Day 6th August
There will be a quiet, formal procession with banners leaving from the Friends’ Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane at 11.30 and ending in Chapelfield Gardens by 1.30. Please wear white if possible.
Sponsored Cycle Ride 28th August
Fifteen year old Laura Myther (with her father, Richard) is cycling from Norwich to Wageningen in The Netherlands in aid of Amnesty. Please consider sponsoring her. Further details will be on our website.
Wednesday 21st August at 7.30