15th November 2017 Meeting Minutes

David H (Chair) welcomed all, including a staff member from the Norwich School and Helen who has made a film about a school serving the Bedouin community on the West Bank.

Minutes Of Last Meeting  agreed

Campaigns

  • Idil Eser (Turkey AI) and group released but Taner Kiliç Chair of Amnesty remains detained.
    Email action on AIUK website.
  • Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov Uzbekistan
    David F reminded us of the background. David receives two actions each week for journalists, a situation that has not improved with the new president.
    Salidhzon was born 1950, married with two grown up children. He is the Chair of the Defence of the Rights of the Individual in Karakalapakstan. He was an independent journalist for uznews.net. His brother is acting as his defence. He was sentenced to ten years in 2008 for drug offences, an appeal was rejected. Family and supporters believe that the charges were fabricated in order to punish him for his work as a human rights defender and journalist.
    David asked us to write to the President, the Prosecutor General and the Ambassador in the UK and to let him know what letters are sent. Background and action details circulated.
  • BRAVE Campaign for Human Rights Defenders (HRD)
    281 HRDs were killed in 2016 as well as many detained and ill-treated. A large number are involved in land and water rights.
    UK passed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter
    All national sections are taking part in the campaign. Postcards for four individuals plus information leaflet available.
  • Refugee sub-group
    • Next meeting 29/11/17 6.30 New people are always welcome. The group has a second leaflet, focusing on children, ready for distribution.
      Monthly action is part of the I Welcome Campaign. Asked to write to/email our MPs to ask them to vote for the Private Members Bill to be presented on Friday 16th March 2018. It has been co-sponsored by a cross party group of MPs who feel the current refugee family reunion rules are too restrictive.
      AIUK is working with the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Refugee Council, Student Action for Refugees and the UN Refugee Agency. Need to secure 100 MPs voting in favour of the Bill to ensure it progresses to the next stage. Action sheets circulated.
  • From David H after the meeting
    There is an art exhibition at the Anglican Cathedral ‘Jungle Protestimony’, part of the nationwide Being Human festival. It’s been put on by UEA students November 17th-25. It includes work by people who were in the Calais camp.
  • Football Welcome 2018 aims to involve local football clubs in welcoming refugees.
    No action from us at the moment.
  • Balfour Declaration
    David H looked at the antecedents to the Balfour Declaration and the contradictory assurances given to Arabs and Jews when the Ottoman empire was perceived by Britain to pose a threat. He looked at secret negotiations between France and Britain to divide up the area after WW1 for their economic and strategic benefit. It is a story of deceit, treachery, duplicity and self-interest.

Events

  • David H had a stall at Lowestoft College today and has a talk planned for the Hewett school.
  • Freedom for Torture Quiz Whitewoman Lane School Sprowston 17th November 7.30
  • Norwich UNA 17th November Lunchbox slot talk by Vijay Mehta ‘Reforming the UN for the 21st Century”
  • PSC supper Clover Hill Village Hall 18th November 6.30
  • Peace Vigil 2nd December 12-1 Outside St Peter Mancroft Church
  • Octagon Chapel fundraising concert Tuesday 12th December 7-8pm
  • AI Write for Rights Saturday 16th December 10-3 St Peter Mancroft Church. Posters to advertise available.
    Thanks given to Jim M for designing it.
    David F will advertise event on Peace camp website and Future radio
    ACTION DF

Next meeting Wednesday 20th December 2017 7.30pm

We’ll be eating mince pies and writing cards and letters as part of Write for Rights campaign.