Thanks again to RB for providing these. The minutes are also available to download as a PDF.

Glasgow West Meeting Minutes 13th July 2017

Present: CC, RB, MR, FL, DC, JGer, MDS

Apologies: JG, AL, CA, RH

1. Treasurer’s Report

Current balance: £589.79 + £200 deposit

The church hall has been paid till December.

2. Secretary’s report

2.1 Campaigns

The campaigns are the same as the June meeting. We will arrange the
origami tulip action for Kamal and Nazanin to take place at the
letter-writing evening. Here is the link if you want to complete at

Campaign details:

How to make a tulip:

2.2 Publications

On Friday 23rd June, AIUK launched its Against Hate briefing and report.

3. Events

3.1 Past events

  • The Great Get-Together: a good day, and we were the only stall.
    Thanks to AL for organising. We gathered some signatures and met
    some members that we haven’t seen in a while.

  • Pub quiz: £212 raised which is now in the bank. The venue was good.
    Thanks to CC for organising.

  • Solidarity on World Refugee Day: a lovely day and nice event
    organised by the Scottish Refugee Council. Lots of children and
    young people attended – good atmosphere and publicity.

  • Welcome to Refugeestan @ CCA: the last film in the GRAMNet series
    for this year. Gave a great insight into the UNHCR and its
    management of refugee camps. Left the viewer feeling somewhat
    disturbed. Good discussion afterwards.

  • Asylum Monologues @ the glad cafe. An Ice and Fire performance of
    monologues created from the experiences of refugees/asylum seeker
    using a version specific to Scotland. Mix of experiences positive
    and negative and also the perspective of a failed asylum seeker.
    Looking to have this as one of our own events. Seems that it would
    be fairly easy to perform.

  • Hillhead library – Imprisoned writers event. Poorly publicised and
    poorly attended but very good event by Amnesty Scotland. The
    Imprisoned Writers Series will take place at the Edinburgh
    International Book Festival at 5.30pm.

3.2 Future events

  • Amicus event

Amicus provide legal aid for people on death row in USA. Based in London
but director Margo is visiting Glasgow 27th July. Due to short notice we
are not suggesting an event but will be happy to have a informal
lunchtime meeting for anyone interested. If anyone is interested it will
be before 2pm likely in Glasgow city centre. Event to be planned for
next visit.

  • Letter-writing on 27th July hosted by AL

  • 5th – 6th August : I Welcome @ GOMA

Thanks to FL for securing a weekend for us to host our I Welcome photo
exhibition and hopefully performances of the asylum monologues. 5-6th
will need 2-3 volunteers per day. We will invite local
organisations that support asylum seekers/refugees to have a stall.
10-5pm Sat 11-5pm Sunday with most help needed for setting up. GOMA
will provide easels, tables and chairs. There will be actions for people
to take part in. St Mary’s Cathedral – JGer to say to them – group that
takes refugees on outings in Glasgow on Sundays.

  • 12th-13th August: Edinburgh Festival trip

Suggested trip to attend the Imprisoned Writers Series at book festival.
Suggested date to fit in with our other events.

  • 19th-20th: August Pride:

FL has secured a stall for us at Glasgow Pride. Paul from LGBTI network
to arrange the stall and materials. Parade on 19th – all welcome to join
and t-shirts, banners etc will be provided. March ends in Glasgow Green.
Actions available will be on Chechnya and recruitment for LGBTI network.
Again, volunteers wanted! FL has investigated Free Pride but they
don’t seem to have a plan yet.

  • Asylum Monologues

Was down for September but now to include in I Welcome exhibition. To
postpone this event?

  • Speakers

We have ideas for speaks to pursue including Glasgow City Council
equalities person and/or Freedom from Torture.

  • 7th October – Human rights defenders campaign skills share in Manchester
Cheap travel options include £5 for a Megabus!

  • October: Document film festival

5. Adopted prisoners

No updates for our adopted prisoners

6. Urgent actions

  1. UA: 168/17 Index: MDE 12/6681/2017 Egypt Date: 7 July


  1. UA: 169/17 Index: AMR 41/6685/2017 Mexico Date: 10 July


  1. UA: 166/17 Index: EUR 44/6676/2017 Turkey Date: 7 July


Sample letter/email ( for this action:

Minister of Justice

Mr Bekir Bozdağ

Ministry of Justice

Adalet Bakanlığı

06659 Ankara


Dear Minister,

I am writing to you about eight human rights defenders – Günal Kurşun,
İdil Eser, İlknur Üstün, Nalan Erkem, Nejat Taştan, Özlem Dalkıran,
Şeyhmuz Özbekli and Veli Acu – and two international trainers – Ali
Gharavi and Peter Steudtner – who were detained by police on 5 July as
they were participating in a workshop in Istanbul.

I am writing to urge you to release them immediately and
unconditionally as they are prisoners of conscience.

Yours sincerely,

7. AOB

7.1 18th November – Amnesty scotland conference

Panels, speakers and workshops. @ Edinburgh venue TBC

7.2 Glasgow South group to start in September

Different day different time at Govanhill Baths. Details will be
circulated. The hope is that members will be able to go to either.

7.3 Roma speaker at future meeting

CC to follow up for October/November meeting.

7.4 Mattermost

Not sure if this would be used – something else to check. Would be good
to have a demo?

8. Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 10 August 2017, at 7:30 PM in Woodlands Methodist Church.

July 2017 Minutes
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