Thanks again to RB for writing these up. You can also download them as a PDF (~5MB).

Meeting: 14th September 2017

Present: CC, AP, RH, JGER, MR, CA, RB, MDS

Apologies: JG, JC, FL, AL

Preamble

Couple of bits to highlight:

  • As you may already be aware, our comedy night at the stand is tomorrow! See that section for more info

  • The group gets 20% off orders of £75 for the Amnesty Shop- if you want to join in please email us and RB will add your request to the order

1. Birthday Party for Idil

On Saturday 14th October, it’s the birthday of Amnesty Turkey Director
İdil Eser, and Amnesty staff and activists will be joining together to
call for her release – İdil is not a criminal – she is a human rights
defender, who is being detained without charge while under investigation
for aiding a terrorist organisation.

The group staged a birthday celebration for Idil with a photo action:

Update: Some, including İdil, have been released on bail after four
months; but the charges have not yet been dropped. For more information,
see this AIUK
update
.

Read to the end of the minutes for an outtake from the photos!

2. Treasurer’s Report

Thanks to JGl for this update

Our balance stands at £391.31 excluding the £200 deposit for The Stand.
Please let us know if you need expenses for postage or anything else.

3. Secretary’s Report

RB is standing down from the role of Secretary and FL is taking over.

3.1 Write for Rights

Will be launched on 1st November. Packs needs to be ordered.

3.2 ‘I Welcome’ Fundraising

Amnesty are still encouraging fundraisers as part of the I Welcome
campaign. Our event at the Anti-Flag gig shoud count as our fundraiser
for this.

3.3 SAVE THE DATE! – National Conference & AGM 2018

Swansea University, 7-8th April 2018

  • 1 November: Booking opens
  • 7 January: Resolution submission deadline
  • 1 March: Booking closes

The AGM is once again free to attend, and in 2018 it will be held in
Swansea. There is more information on what goes on at the AGM on the AIUK website.

3.4 Data Protection Update

AIUK have issued guidance on data protection. It was highlighted that
our group sends mailings through the website which protects everyone’s
personal details.

3.5 BRAVE Human Rights Defenders campaign

On 16 May 2017, AIUK launched a new global campaign, BRAVE, to
strengthen the recognition and protection of human rights defenders
around the world. This campaign is in response to the increased attacks
and targeting of Human Rights Defenders, Activists and civil society
organisations around the world. Please see the campaign
update

for more information including the brilliant news of Dr Mudawi’s release
and how to take action for the Cambodian housing rights defender Tep
Vanny
.

4. Events

4.1 19th October: Anti-Flag gig (Past Event)

We have been invited to hold a stall at a gig on 19th October by
American punk band Anti-Flag who are big fans of AI.

We decided to use the ‘I Welcome’ campaign materials.

4.2 Annual Comedy Fundraiser at the Stand!

Wednesday 1st November, The Stand, Woodlands Road, 1930

Our annual fundraiser takes place on 1st November! Please help out with
raffle prizes.

http://www.glasgowwestamnesty.org.uk/2017/10/our-comedy-fundraiser-at-the-stand-wed-1-november-2017/

Tickets are £7 and are available in advance or on the door.

4.3 9th November: Syria’s Disappeared – The Case Against Assad (film screening)

To be publicised at the comedy night. We should also get some more cards
with our group details.

4.4 Amnesty Scotland Conference

Saturday 18th November, Edinburgh

This year the event will be themed on Amnesty’s new global BRAVE
campaign, to strengthen the recognition and protection of human rights
defenders around the world. We will be joined by Boniface Massah,
Director of the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM).
Many of you will remember the case of 11 year-old Annie Alfred
highlighted in last year’s Write for Rights campaign and will have sent
cards to Annie care of APAM. Boniface will be able to update us on their
work and give us an insight into the challenges he faces as a human
rights defender.

There will also be an overview of the Brave campaign from Felix Jakens,
Head of Priority Campaigns at Amnesty International UK. The afternoon
will be full of interactive workshops focussed on campaigns including
Brave, I Welcome (refugees), and human rights in Scotland and the UK, as
well as on knowledge and skills such as strengthening groups and
lobbying politicians.

Free to attend! Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scotland-activist-conference-tickets-1814191295

4.5 GRAMNet and Document Film Festivals

GRAMNet have launched their new film series for 2017/2018 with
screenings on the second wednesday of every month.

https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_550364_en.pdf

Document human rights film festival will be taking place from 19-22nd
October.

4.6 Boot Camp!

Someone has been organising a boot camp in Kelvingrove Park on Thursday
evenings to raise money for Amnesty. Event to be shared on Facebook.

5. Actions

10^th^ Oct: International Anti-death Penalty Day

CC prepared a fact sheet on the death penalty and brought an action on
the death penalty.

6. Adopted Prisoners Update

Solijon is Freed!

Couple of articles on Solijon Abdurakhmanov’s release:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/10/04/uzbekistan-2-activists-freed-others-arrested

http://enews.fergananews.com/articles/3048

The group signed a ‘welcome home’ card. MR read a statement from Solijon
thanking everyone for their support and proclaiming that ‘justice has
triumphed’.

Ali Aarrass

Thanks to JF for sending an update.

Unfortunately Ali didn’t benefit from a Royal Pardon on the occasion of
the Fete du Trone on 30 June which his family were hoping for, after
various, discrete representations were made. A second major national
event is the Aid Al Adha on 1 September, when the King is supposed to
announce a new list of pardons and the IS and Ali’s family are waiting
for this announcement after again making representations but they are
not hopeful.

Farida – Ali’s sister – and the lawyers are asking Amnesty to keep a low
profile until Aid in order not to harm any eventual announcement
concerning the Royal Pardon.

A message from Ali:

“During my hour in the prison courtyard, after finishing the physical
exercises, I always end up lifting up my eyes towards the sky. I just
see it as a blue square, I observe and memorize it for the sad
moments, in order to remind me that one day soon I will have again the
right to observe it as a whole and among my people. This blue square
reminds me that you are all still there outside under the same blue
sky bothering yourselves for me. I cannot ignore all this efforts and
sink into depression. I learnt to be very patient, otherwise that
would be hard.”

The group felt that we could take on another adopted prisoner since
Solijon has been freed. This can be discussed at the planning meeting in
the new year. This would also be a good time to see if anyone wants to
take over looking after Ali’s case from JF.

7. Urgent Actions

Torture fears for detained human rights lawyer in Tajikistan

Download PDF

Egypt must stop homophobic persecution

Download PDF

Rif protesters in Morocco facing reprisals in detention

Download PDF

Journalist at risk In notorious detention centre (Uzbekistan: UA 232.17)

Download PDF

8. Online Shop Orders – Group Orders get 20% Disccount!

The group will receive a 20% discount with the Amnesty shop if an order
for over £75. RB will coordinate. Please send orders before the end of
October.

JGer highlighted a new selection of Christmas cards for sale.

9. Thanks

A vote of thanks was given to RB for her role as Secretary.

10. Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on November 2017 at 7:30 PM in Woodlands
Methodist Church, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6LN. We will be screening
Syria’s Disappeared – The Case Against Assad.

As ever, everyone is welcome.

Outtake

We threw the balloons into the air for the #PartyWithIdil photo; we didn’t get the timing quite right:

At least the other one turned out okay!

We also blew out some candles:

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