Chair: David Yates

  • Chair welcomed all to the meeting.
  • Apologies: David Huband, David Ford, Jim Massey, Roz Cadwallader.
  • Minutes of last open meeting were agreed.

Matters arising

David Bissonet explained that Philip Champain was unable to give his talk on Conflict Resolution this month but would re-schedule in the New Year.

Monthly Action

Joanna highlighted the case of Tep Vanney – a Cambodian Housing Rights Defender – arrested on 16th August 2016 for defending her community’s land following their forced eviction from their homes in Phnom Penh. Members are asked to write to the Cambodian Prime Minister calling for her immediate release. (Details are online.)

Other Monthly news from AIUK

  • There was a global day of action on 14th October for Idil Eser, the director of Amnesty International Turkey, who was arrested at a workshop along with nine other human rights activists.
  • AIUK has given notification of next year’s AGM which will be held at Swansea University on 7-8 April. Resolutions should be submitted by 7th January.
  • Amnesty’s Data protection policies can be found online. These are promoted by AIUK to comply with legislation.

A letter from AIUK Chair

(The first since the International Council meeting.)

This reports that 2 resolutions from AIUK have been accepted by the International Council:

  • A review of our policies on abortion
  • A draft strategy on Climate change and Human Rights.

Campaigns

Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov

This case will be the focus of next month’s meeting.

Joanna introduced Amnesty’s major campaign, BRAVE, on behalf of Human Rights Defenders – in response to an increase in the number of attacks. More about this campaign next month.

Ban Israeli Settlement goods

Cards calling on the Foreign Secretary to ban trade with Israel’s illegal Settlements were distributed.

Refugee sub-group

Jane passed round the sub group’s latest fact sheet on the plight of young, unaccompanied asylum seekers – which was warmly received. She talked about the work of the sub group and highlighted future events. (See below)

The next Refugee sub group meeting will be on 29th November at the Café Bar Marzano’s. All welcome.

Write for Rights

This will take place on 16th December at St. Peter Mancroft from 10.00am – 3.30pm. As usual there will be 10 cases in a campaign booklet to choose from. Please publicise this.

Events

Christmas Cards

Sue reported that this year the Charity Card shop will be at 15 St. Stephen’s Street (the old Thomas Cook shop, next to the Local Sainsbury’s.) It will open on Tuesday October 24th. (NB. Amnesty cards will not be in stock until early the next week).

Refugees

  • A free public screening of “Uprooted” on 8th November at UEA after which Jane will talk about the work of the sub-group.
  • Being Human – a ‘question time’ event @ The Forum (end of November) for which you need to reserve a place.
  • Cinema City: 22nd November “On the Bride Side” followed by a talk.
  • ”Protestamany” In the Cathedral cloisters 17th-25th November
  • 24th November is the first anniversary of the closure of the Calais Camp. There will be a debate in Parliament. Jane and Pru have been drafting letters which can be sent to MPs and Councillors.

Cinema City

Helen now has 4 films available for an Amnesty ’Season’ at Cinema City. She needs more time to promote the films as we have to have advance bookings. She will wait until spring to do this. Thanks to Helen for organising this.

Peace Vigil

Saturday 4th November @ 12.00-1.00 outside St Peter Mancroft.

Norwich Law Society Lecture

This date has changed. Martha Spurrier, the chair of Liberty, will speak at the Hostry on November 15th @ 6 pm. This coincides with our monthly meeting but it ought to be possible to get to both! £10 tickets on the door.

Norwich Palestine solidarity Campaign

National march and rally. Justice now – make it right for Palestine.

NPSC Bus from Theatre Street, Norwich 07.55 am. returning 8.30 pm. To book a place email Rita: secretary@norwichpsc.org.uk

Fundraising Supper

Saturday 18th November, 6.30pm @ Cloverhill Village Hall, Bowthorpe. Guest speaker, Jan Chalmers, founder and project co-ordinator of PHTP.

Tickets £16/£10/£6 from Greenhouse.

Balfour Declaration Centenary Events at Norwich Cathedral

  • Thursday 2nd November- “The Arab citizens of Israel”. A talk by Elizabeth Harris – Sawczenko, National Director of CCJ. 7.30 for 8pm at Priors Hall, The Close.
  • Tuesday 7th November – Special prayers at the Cathedral Evensong (5.30). Followed by the showing of a film “Britain in Palestine 1917-1948” in the Weston Room. Conversation/discussion on how to support Palestinians and the Peace process. Palestinian food will be provided.

Give a home to Human Rights

This is something of a mystery. This major initiative was supposed to include a fundraising gig in Norwich, but didn’t! However, we hear it has been quite successful elsewhere.

Freedom from torture – Quiz and Cheese Evening

Friday, November 17th at White Woman Lane School, Sprowston, NR6 7JA. Tickets in advance: Tel. 01603 483523. All proceeds to the Medical Foundation for the care of Victims of Torture.

Have Hope

On Tuesday 12th December at 7 00, the Octagon will host a candlelit fundraising concert in aid of New Routes: http://newroutes.org.uk

There will also be a range of readings, poetry and song. New Routes participants and students from Framingham Earl High School will contribute and the audience will be encouraged to join in the singing.

Tickets £6 for adults and £4.50 for concessions, with all money raised going straight to the charity.

To reserve your ticket, contact Gavin on oucchairman@gmail.com Please do book ahead as we know if there will be tickets on the night.

Letter Writing

The meeting ended with a letter writing session – members writing in response to Urgent Actions in Tajikistan, Madagascar and China.

And with some good news from Jono who told us that Tom Read and his wife, Steph (members of our group who live in Germany) are expecting a baby. An outbreak of smiles and cheers!

Next Meeting

Charing Cross Centre

15th November 2017 at 7.30