17th October 2012 Minutes

Chair: David Huband (DH)
Minutes: Joanna Kinnaird (JK)

Welcome

30 people present

Chair welcomed all to the meeting particularly young people from Wymondham College and the Norwich School. Both schools plan to set up Amnesty groups.

Apologies

Received from: Lesley Phillips, Debbie Campbell, Sue Mackley, Sue Mills, Jim Massy

Minutes of Last Meeting

  • Peace event on Gentlemen’s Walk – Carl gave Amnesty leaflets for display on a stall.
  • Turkmenistan Campaign – Saturday 20 October 9-1 Stall in front of St Peter Mancroft Church rota for helpers circulated.

Campaigns

Turkmenistan David Ford (DF) Letter writing has been main focus so far. Richard Howitt MEP replied to David Ford. Campbell Bannerman MEP has still not responded to DH. DF encouraged us to follow up a lack of response. Action of letter to the president reminding him that the two prisoners should have been released in August was circulated. DF asked us to show support to the families with a card.

Monthly Action

Roz

Letter writing action to Japanese authorities on behalf of Hakamada Iwao was circulated. He is a Japanese prisoner on death row convicted by confession extracted under torture.

DH drew our attention to two articles in the recent Amnesty magazine one on the use of death penalty and one relating to the Arms Trade Treaty.

Treasurer

DF

Christmas cards are now on sale at the Assembly House.

Newsletter

Now on the web.

News from AIUK

Chair felt it inappropriate to dominate the meeting with redundancy issues relating to AI/AIUK. Our meetings are campaign focused. He has received communications from AIUK and Unite union relating to the strike at AIUK. DF updated us on some of the issues.

Chair introduced the speaker Odai Alzoubi who spoke about Syria.

Forthcoming events

  • Regional meeting Saturday 1 December Cambridge
  • Write for Rights’ Sunday 9 December Appleyard, Exchange Street, People can drop in to write a greeting card or letter.

AOB

20 October The Curve Forum 11am Lord Phillips ‘Can the UN survive, let alone thrive, if the public is indifferent to it’

14 November UEA Literary festival Clive Stafford Smith Director Reprieve £7

Urgent Action – Stephanie has an urgent action which Carl will put on our website.

Close of Meeting 9pm

Date next meeting:
Wednesday 21st November, 2012 : 7.30pm – All are Welcome

Training session on Human Rights Act from Sarah Oliver trainer from the Cambridge group

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