Many thanks to RB for preparing these minutes, as ever they are available as a PDF.
Please note the hustings planned for Wed 24th have been cancelled because of the suspension of political campaigning following the terrible loss of life in Manchester on Monday.
Please have a look at the ‘upcoming events’ section- last hustings event we went along to was an interesting evening, and a good chance to press candidates on human rights issues; it’s worth going along on 22nd and making these important issues heard. We are also grateful to our friends at Glasgow University Amnesty International for helping to arrange the film screening on the 25th!
11th May Meeting
Present: CC, MMc, DC, CC, SS, DC, JGer, JC, MR, RB, RH, AP
Apologies: JG, MDS, CA, CMac, LF, AL, HD, PD
1. Past events
May day stall
The group campaigned for the case of Giulio Regeni, a student who
disappeared and was killed in Egypt whilst undertaking research on
independent trade unions.
CC attended this event and discusses Amnesty’s ‘I Welcome’ campaign
2. Future events
24th May – Glasgow Daytime Group Hustings CANCELLED
This will take place at the Bait Ur Rahman Mosque on 8 Haugh Road, G3
8TR. More event details can be found here: Hustings, Wednesday 25th May 2017 #### 25th May – Documentary screening (with Glasgow University Amnesty International)
The screening will be the Oscar-winning White Helmets documentary.
25th May, 7pm Boyd Orr lecture theatre A.
There is an event on Facebook for this screening!
22nd June – Pub Quiz
CC is looking into a venue.
18th May – Meeting with Ensaf Haidar
An opportunity to meet with jailed blogger Raif Badawi’s wife. 6.30pm –
8pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. RSVP
22nd May – John Curtis Hustings
Another hustings event at St Mary’s Cathedral, starting at 7pm.
3. Treasurer report (JG)
As JG submitted apologies, the report was not given at the meeting but
was to be included with minutes. See below:
We have £664.16 in the bank. JG has not yet heard anything about a
deposit for the Comedy Night.
4. Secretary report (RB)
Focus of the May mailing was the UK general election. Materials for
husting events were circulated. These can be accessed here:
5. Ali Arraass
JGer gave an overview of our adopted prisoner of conscience Ali Arraass.
6. Urgent Actions
Urgent actions were circulated.
UA: 104/17 Index: AFR 57/6193/2017 Togo Date: 10 May 2017\
URGENT ACTION [link to pdf]\
DETAINED COMMUNITY LEADER WRONGLY CHARGED [link to
Salomée T. Abalodo, a farmer and community leader, has been charged with
‘rebellion’ and ‘participation in an unauthorised protest’. She was
arrested in the district of Pagouda (Kara, northern region of Togo) on
13 April after taking pictures of wounded protestors and asking the
local authorities to keep security forces from using excessive force on
peaceful demonstrators. She is detained at a prison in Kara.
4th update on UA: 127/15 Index: MDE 13/6189/2017 Iran Date: 9 May
JAILED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER IN POOR HEALTH [link to
Following 31 days of hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison, Iranian
human rights defender Atena Daemi is in poor health, and requires
immediate hospitalization. She has been unjustly imprisoned for her
human rights activities since November 2016.
3rd update on UA: 92/17 Index: AFR 20/6184/2017 Chad Date: 8 May
ACTIVISTS GIVEN SIX-MONTH SUSPENDED SENTENCE [link to
Two Chadian activists Nadjo Kaina Palmer and Bertrand Sollo have
received a six-month suspended prison sentence. They are appealing this
judgment. The two activists were arrested and charged with conspiracy
and calling an unauthorized gathering.
7.1 Photo Exhibition
MR continues to look into venues for hosting a photo exhibition, using
materials collected at the AGM. Hillhead Library was booked until next
7.2 CCA film screening
GRAMNet is showing ‘A world not ours’ on 17th May at 6pm. This event
is free and will be first come, first served.
Next meeting: 8th June 2017 @ 7.30pm