Many thanks to RB for writing these and FL for their input. As you also download the minutes as a PDF.

Meeting: 9th September 2017

Present: CC, JH, LE, DP, MDC, JC, CA, JG, JGer, CC, RB, AMM, RH, AP

Apologies: MDS

Treasurer’s Report

A full update will follow banking of the Comedy Night money.

Secretary’s report


There is an online action whist the trial continues for the ‘Istanbul
10’. Idil Eser and the others were released on bail but Taner Kilic,
Chair of AI Turkey, remains in prison.

Write for Rights

The launch for this year’s ‘Write for Rights’ campaign will be launched
at Parliament on 6th December.

Changing the Law for Refugees

Angus McNeil MP has introduced a private members bill changing the rules
on family reunion. It will receive its second reading on Friday 16th
March 2018. Support from MPs is needed.

Write to your MP

National Conference and AGM 2018

This will be held in Swansea on 7-8th April 2018. You have until March
2018 to book your free place!

Nomination for the AIUK Board

Download an election
if you want to
run for the board. Nominations must be received by 11 January 2018.

AGM Role Vacancies

If you want to consider standing for a position at the AGM, there are a
number of roles available. Find more information

Will-writing month — March 2018

Amnesty is looking for solicitors to help with will-writing month. Sign
up here.


Past events

19th Oct: Anti-Flag gig

This went very well and we raised over £80.

1st Nov: Comedy Night

Another big success! Thanks to CC and all those who donated raffle
prizes, money and helped on the night.

Our upcoming events

18th Nov: Amnesty Scotland Conference – Edinburgh

A number of people from the group will be attending.

9th December: Write for Rights stall

The Daytime group will be running a Write for Rights event that weekend
(Saturday 9th December 10am to 4pm at Hillhead Library main reading

14th December: Write for Rights

Our next meeting will be the Write for Rights campaign.

18th December: letter-writing social

An informal letter-writing evening to be hosted by one of our members.
Details to be provided at meeting on the 14th.

Other events

15th December: Pen event in Edinburgh

There is to be an event at the Scottish Parliament for the Day of the
Imprisoned Writer.

Adopted Prisoners

No updates.

Urgent Actions

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Sign the petition to bring Nazanin home:

Urgent Action update: Equatorial Guinean cartooniststill detained without charge

Ramón Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has spent
over 50 days in prison without charge.

1st update on UA 219/17 issued 06/11/2017:


  • Christmas dinner will be held in January. There was a general
    consensus on going to Chillies again.

  • GFT event on Monday 4th December looking at the migration crisis.
    UK premier screening followed by Ai Wei Wei in conversation with Jon

  • Online action — Syria’s Disappeared sign the petition

Next Meeting: Thursday 14th December 2017

Next meeting will be the Write for Rights on 14th December.

November 2017 Minutes
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