As ever, these are available in PDF form: September 2017 Minutes

Meeting: 14th September 2017

Present: MS, CC, MF, JGl, BP, RH, AP, CA, MDS

Apologies: AL, DC, FL, MR, JGr, RB

1. Welcome and Good News Update

MDS welcomed members new and returning.

The release of previously-detained Palestinian performer Mohamed Faisal
Abu Sakha on August, who was the subject of previous Amnesty actions.
For more information, see this AIUK update.

Keep making a difference!

2. Treasurer’s Report

Thanks to JGl for this update

Our provisional working balance is . We have sent to AIUK. We also took
in a little money in donations to the stall at Glasgow Pride (see for
more info).

3. Secretary’s Report

Many thanks to MDS for standing in for RB this month for the
Secretary’s report

3.1 Ban Israeli Settlement Goods

As this is an issue that may be of some sensitivity, AIUK has written up a FAQ to explain their position in calling for a ban on goods from settlements.

Here is their statement from this month’s mailing:

For 50 years Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has
resulted in systematic human rights violations against Palestinians.
From the daily commute, being able to earn a living, or even accessing
electricity or clean water, every aspect of life is disrupted. The UK
government has repeatedly condemned Israel’s construction of illegal
settlements, but settlements and the settlement economy continue to
expand.

Condemnation is not enough. The continued trade of goods produced in
illegal Israeli settlements enables ongoing violations against
Palestinians. We are calling on the UK government to ban Israeli
settlement goods from being imported into the UK, and to stop
companies based in the UK from operating in settlements or trading in
settlement goods.

The suggested action is to petition the Foreign Secretary (petition can be downloaded from this link);
but it may also be worth contacting your local MP to ask them to call on
the Foreign Secretary for the ban (you can find your MP’s details via
WriteToThem).

3.2 ‘I Welcome’ Campaign / ‘Syria’s Disappeared’ Documentary

With ‘I Welcome’ kicking up a gear next month, we discussed some ideas
as to how we can get involved in this with some event ideas.

AIUK have made available for screening the DVD “Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad”, which we
discussed screening. It may be useful to get in touch with the Glasgow
Uni group to see if they would be interested in this as well.

It was felt that this could take place at our meeting in November;
although there was also the suggestion of hosting a screening at Glasgow
University, possibly with a speaker from eg GRAMNET.

The events group can discuss this further.

3.3 Anti Death Penalty Project

October the is International Day Against the Death Penalty and as
such we are planning to have an action to take against the death penalty
.

In addition, AIUK are launching a working group with simultaneous events
in London and Sheffield on October , featuring a screening of ‘The
Penalty’
with a speaker to follow.

You can sign up to hear news and updates on the project by emailing them.

3.4 Tell Turkey to free Taner & İdil

The Chair and Director of Amnesty Turkey have both been jailed on false
allegations that they are involved with “terrorist organisations”. Many
other human rights defenders are either detained or banned from travel
as they await charges.

This action can be done online (by email):

Tell Turkey’s Minister of
Justice
to put
an end to this witch-hunt and to release Taner, İdil and all human
rights defenders in Turkey.

3.5 SAVE THE DATE! – National Conference & AGM 2018

Swansea University, – April 2018

Key dates for your diary:

November
Booking opens
January
Resolution submission deadline
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.

4. Events

4.1 Glasgow Pride (Past Event)

Glasgow Pride this year took place on and
August. There was a good turn out and many people seemed to engage with
the stall- we collected many action cards against violence directed at
gay men in Chechnya.

We would like to give thanks to the Amnesty UK Scotland Office for kindly paying the cost of hiring the stall.

4.2 Sofar Sounds – Give a Home

These concerts are taking place around the world on September. See the
Give a Home website for
details.

4.3 Human Rights Education Conference

Manchester, September 2017

FL and MDS are intending to attend this as Amnesty trainers.

4.4 Ayr Amnesty Quiz Night

Friday, October 2017, Glenpark Hotel, 5 Racecourse Road, Ayr, KA7
2DG

Doors open at 7 PM with the quiz starting around 7.45 PM. We are
planning to go along and support a fellow local Amnesty group- and have
a fun night!

If you would like to travel down with the group, please let us
know
as soon as possible so we can make
arrangements!

4.5 BRAVE Skillshare Day

Manchester, October, 1030 – 1630

This is an opportunity to get involved with the Human Rights Defenders
campaign (BRAVE). If
you are interested, the registration for the skillshare day can be done
online
.

4.6 Anti-Flag Concert

Thursday, October 2017, O~2~ Academy Glasgow, 1800

American punk rock band Anti-Flag are coming to play Glasgow. As
supporters of Amnesty International they have invited us as the local
group to have a stall at their gig!

Tickets are being sold via
Ticketmaster,
and you can email if you are interested in coming along.

4.7 Big Annual Comedy Night!

Wednesday November, The Stand, Woodlands Road, 1930

Our big annual fundraiser is rolling around soon. Bring your family,
friends, neighbours for a night of laughs as five comedians share their
wit in benefit of our annual fundraiser. Tickets are **** and are
available in advance or on the door.

4.8 Amnesty Scotland Conference

Saturday November, Edinburgh

This year’s Scottish conference is taking place in Edinburgh on Saturday
November. More details on venue to follow- save the date!

4.9 Write For Rights

This year’s Write for Rights is also coming up this winter, with ten
individuals at risk to be featured. We are planning to work on this at
our December meeting; and possibly find out about having a stall either
at a library, the farmer’s market or the Christmas market.

You can find out more about Write for Rights from 2016’s page.

4.10 Guest Speaker: Ulrike Schmidt

Amnesty’s Europe country co-ordinator Ulrike Schmidt has kindly
offered to come up to Glasgow and talk to the group; possibly with a
focus on Roma human rights. This will likely take place in the new year,
possibly at the Febrary meeting.

4.11 Document Film Festival 2017

NOWHERE TO HIDE (2016)

Thu 12 Oct, 19:30, Platform

Tickets: via EventBrite

The full programme for the Document Film Festival 2017 can be found on their website

5. Actions

This month’s actions included:

Real Lives
This supplement to Amnesty Magazine is produced for those wishing to
write more letters in support of individuals at risk. 3 copies of
Real Lives have been sent to all local groups along with the Autumn
issue of the Amnesty magazine. The supplement can be downloaded from the Amnesty website
LGBT Activist charged with homosexual propoganda in Russia
Evdokia Romanova, an LBGT activist from Samara, Russia was charged
with “homosexual propaganda” on 26 July for reposting links to the
international Youth Coalition for Sexual Reproductive Rights website
and to articles that promoted LGBT equality. She will stand trial on
September. You can find more information on the AIUK website.

6. Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on October 2017 at 7:30 PM in Woodlands
Methodist Church
, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6LN. As ever, everyone is
welcome.

September 2017 Minutes
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