Chair: David Huband
- Chair welcomed all to the meeting
- 10 members present
- Apologies: Joanna
- Minutes of last meeting agreed
- AOB: None
David Huband introduced the case of former Myanmar child soldier, Ko Aung Htwewho was imprisoned following a media interview he gave about his experiences. Template letters were distributed for members to sign addressed to the Myanmar Minister of Home Affairs and the Attorney General. (Copies to be sent to Aung San Suu Kyi).
A petition to the UK government was circulated urging sanctions on behalf of the Rohingya people.
David Ford urged members to continue writing about the case ofSalidzhon Abdurakhmanovto the Prosecutor General’s Office in Uzbekistan, as there have been slight changes in Uzbekistan. Members should also send copies of their letters to the Uzbek Ambassador.
David Huband described the case of Egyptian lawyer, Azza Soliman. Egyptian law threatens to fine and imprison Human Rights staff members who maintain links with other HR organisations. Members were urged to write to the President of Egypt asking for all charges against Azza Soliman to be dropped.
Talk and Discussion
David Ford gave a very interesting and wide-ranging talk on “Human Rights Today: New challenges.”which led to an interesting discussion. Human Rights affect us all – as a democratic society tolerates minority views.
There are now 50 Amnesty Sections – in countries around the World – including Brazil, Tanzania and Mongolia.
The death penalty has been abolished in 500 countries; human trafficking has become better recognised and governments find secrets more difficult.
His talk ended with a ‘wish list’ and a hopeful quote from Professor. Hans Roslyn – “Most of us are better off”.
This was very successful – with over 200 signatures for our petition – but we badly need more volunteers to help at events like this.
September 1st Peace Vigil: Outside St. Peter Mancroft. 12.00- 1.00pm.
September 3rd. Refugee Social at Norwich Arts Centre with Music and Poetry. Tickets can be bought online (pay what you can). Please bring a plate of food for sharing.
September 22nd Peace Camp: Forum. Volunteers urgently needed to help man our stall for an hour or so. This year’s campaign will be focused on Human Rights abuses against campaigners challenging their loss of rights affected by climate change.
A card was circulated and signed for Lynn Holt who has had a bad fall.
The new Bookshop on Unthank Road is doing well. Now open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Next Open Meeting
7.30 Wednesday September 19th
Charing Cross Centre
Next Committee meeting 3rd October @ Joanna’s