21st November 2012 Minutes

Chair: David Huband (DH)
Minutes: Debbie Campbell

Welcome

Chair welcomed all to the meeting.

Minutes of Last Meeting

  • Turkmenistan: poor response from MEPs – still no response from MEP Campbell Bannerman

Campaigns

Turkmenistan 

David Ford (DF) gave update. The recent Action at the Forum had resulted in 112 letters signed and sent. He was impressed by the students from Wymondham College and Norwich School who were very active and helpful during the event.

DF distributed letter template, and suggested also sending messages of support to the families.

The next meeting will give the group opportunity to do video messages of support which will go on a DVD to the Ambassador.

Monthly Action

Joanna Kinnaird (JK) distributed paper copies of letter template to MPs about the Justice & Security bill, with a sheet summarising the background to the bill. Carl Grint (CG) confirmed these were also on the group website.

AIUK has asked to be informed of any responses from MPs.

Events

  • Write for Rights
    David Yates (DY) reminded the group that this will be held on Sunday 9 November (10am – 4pm) at Appleyards cafe, Exchange Street, and hoped members will drop in to help on the day, putting up posters, welcoming people and encouraging them to sign, etc.Chair thanked CG for his work on the poster for this event.Write for Rights cards available to sign at the next meeting 19 December.
  • Amnestea
    This was held by an individual Amnesty supporter, and raised nearly £300.
  • Committee Meeting
    The next committee meeting will be on 29 November. Chair reminded group that all welcome to raise issues for discussion by committee.

Schools

Wymondham College and Norwich School will be participating in the Greetings Card campaign. Both very keen to support Norwich Amnesty group’s campaigns. All agreed that their enthusiasm and energy was welcomed and that we should work with them.

Workshop

Chair introduced Sarah Oliver, Amnesty trainer, who ran a workshop on the Human Rights Act, followed by thanks from the Chair.

Regional Organizer – updates

Liesbeth ten Ham (Regional Organizer) updated group on:

  • Regional Conference – to be held on Saturday 1 December in Cambridge. The event will include a debate on the Human Rights Act, campaigning ideas, the EGM (see below) and a networking lunch.
  • AIUK – Emergency General Meeting (EGM) has been called because of the significant issues of concern within AIUK and AI world-wide. The EGM will be held on January 12th and members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposals put forward.

Forthcoming events

  • Regional Conference Saturday 1 December Cambridge
  • Write for Rights’ Sunday 9 December Appleyard, Exchange Street.
  • AIUK EGM – 12th. January 2013

AOB

None raised.

Close of Meeting 9:25pm

Date next meeting:
Wednesday 19th December, 2012 : 7.30pm – All are Welcome

Write for Rights and Greetings Card campaign writing

– along with seasonal refreshments!

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