Meeting: 12th April 2018

Attendees: RH, MR, AP, AS, HA, US, MT, AD, KW, RB, JGi, DM, JGer, MG,
MDS

Special Guest Ulrike Schmidt

Ulrike is one of Amnesty’s country co-ordinators, holding the
responsibility for Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland
and Romania. She spoke to us on Amnesty’s work surrounding the rights of
Roma people in Europe. Anyone who missed it can find more information on
this topic on the Amnesty UK website.

Treasurer’s report

Thanks to JGi for this update

Not much change. Cheque to RB for £5.80 for postage, £63.00 to the
Methodist Church for the hire of the hall.

We now have £494.91.

Secretary’s report

I Welcome Success

On 16 March, the Refugee Family Reunion Bill had its second reading
in the House of Commons – and passed to the next stage! This takes us
one giant step closer to reuniting refugee families. We needed at least
100 MPs to vote in order for the Bill to pass the second reading. We’re
delighted that 129 MPs supported bringing refugee families together —
thank you to all of you for your phone calls, letters, emails, events
and MP visits up and down the UK.

Toxic Twitter

Amnesty is campaigning against online violence against women and is
encouraging individuals to write to the CEO twitter. You can take part
in this action here on the Amnesty
website
.

AGM Update

MDS and CC represented the group at the Amnesty International UK AGM in
Swansea. All motions were passed in line with the group’s voting
preferances with the exception of A2 — please see last month’s
minutes for details on the resolutions.

Data Protection Legislation – GDPR

The group discussed the impact of the new data protection legislation on
the group mailing this and we are planning steps to make sure we meet
the new regulations before they come into force.

AIUK also has a page with common questions and guidance on the
GDPR.

Upcoming Events

The events committee are happy to receive any new members. We meet
sporadically dependent on need. Please get in touch if you would be
interested in joining.

Scotland Welcomes Refugees Gathering

28th of April

For more details, see the eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotland-welcomes-refugees-gathering-sold-out-tickets-43439365311

The event is now sold out but please contact the group if you are
interested in going and helping out at our stall.

Mayday Rally Stall

Sunday 6th May, Glasgow Concert Hall

We will be holding a stall at this event and promoting the campaign for Esmail Abdi.

If anyone would like to help with the stall please get in touch, or fill in your availability on the Doodle poll. CC arranging materials.

Meeting with Ziya

9th of May, location TBC

Ziya is an Amnesty supporter who is cycling from Land’s end to John O’Groats to raise funds for AI and awareness around the human rights situation in Turkey. He will be in Glasgow on the 9th of May and members of the group are going to meet Ziya for dinner. Please let us know if you would like to come along.

‘Cambodian Spring’ film showing

24th May, GFT

We will be attending this event promoting the campaign for Tep Canny.

STUC conference on LGBTI rights in the workplace

9th-10th June, Golden Jubilee Conference hotel, Clydebank

Again, we will have a stall at this event, please get in touch if you would like to be involved. MDS arranging materials.

Other Events

TBC

We are hoping to have a presence at other events, such as Pride, happening over the summer in Glasgow. More details to follow.

Urgent actions

Thanks to MR for supplying the urgent actions.

Woman detained for reading opposition website in Kazakhstan

More information:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2018-03/UA06318.pdf?D0aLfPESIr6lmR3qa1mMvZhwh9yrqMR_

Human rights defenders arrested and detained in Niger

More information:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2018-04/UA03018.pdf?NcPLDNc9O3IgXxC9yGKI9cnRVchEDqfC

Update: Ten students remanded for anti-war protest in Turkey

More information:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2018-04/FI06618_1.pdf?5G5OL8Nhv0f6wzDV21Ms.0_pMUU.VgR.

Next meeting

Thursday 10th May 2018 7:30 PM, Woodlands Methodist Church,
Woodlands Road

April 2018 Minutes
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