Apologies: CN, JG

Attendees: CC, IT, JH, CaC, MR, FL, LT, MDS, DM

Pride briefing (LT + FL)

We were joined by Liz Thompson, Campaigner at the Scotland Amnesty
Office. Liz gave us a briefing on Amnesty’s key campaigns for Pride this
year.

Please see Liz’s Pride Glasgow 2019 Briefing Document for more information.

MardiGla — Saturday 20th July

We are looking for volunteers to march in the parade and help out at the
stall.

The March

Meet at 11am on Kelvin Way. Amnesty will be in position 62. Look out for
the Amnesty t-shirts, banners and placards or ask a MardiGla volunteer
for help.

The procession will begin at 11.30am ending up in George Square.

The stall:

After the march we will head over to
the Mardigla Pride Hub.

If you get split up from us en route the Pride Hub is at
Strathclyde Union (90 John St, Glasgow G1 1JH), which will be open from
12.30pm.

At our stall we will be telling people all about what Amnesty is doing
for LGBTI rights. We will also be encouraging everyone to take action on
our key cases (outlined by Liz above).

Any questions email mail@glasgowwestamnesty.org.uk.

Free Pride — Saturday 3rd August – the Centre for Contemporary
Arts, Glasgow

We are planning to have a stall but this is not yet confirmed. Keep an
eye on our social media pages for updates. We will also send out an
additional message to the mailing list recipients if the stall is
confirmed with further details.

Treasurer’s report (JG)

We have £593.80 in the bank but JG needs to send a cheque for £63.00 to
the church for the hire of the meeting room. If anyone has incurred any
expenses please let JG know.

Secretary’s report (FL)

July local groups mailing

Upcoming events (CC)

coming soon – check this post later!

Urgent actions (MR)

1. USA. Email action for Scott Warren:

DROP CHARGES AGAINST HUMANITARIAN AID VOLUNTEER

Geography professor Scott Warren is facing up to 10 years in prison —
simply for helping people cross the deadliest border area in the US.

Dr Warren has helped save lives by leaving food and water out for
migrants. This is not a crime.

Send an instant email to the US government demanding that all charges
are dropped immediately.

More info online.

Link for PDF download (has more background info but is technically out
of date)

2. Mozambique. Urgent Action update: Journalist’s hearing adjourned
again

For the third time now, the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court postponed the
pre-trial hearing of journalist Amade Abubacar scheduled for 27 June due
to a clerical error. Amade is awaiting trial for charges of “public
incitement of a crime through electronic media”, “incitement” and
“injury against public forces officials”. His pre-trial hearing is now
set for 25 July.

Website

PDF

Other actions (CC)

Free tortured Saudi women’s rights activists

Women activists in Saudi Arabia have been unfairly jailed for over one
year, facing torture and sexual abuse at the hands of the authorities.

Loujain al-Hathloul and several woman human rights defenders have been
horrendously treated by Saudi Arabia for their peaceful activism.

It’s been a whole year since they were first arrested, Tweet King
Salman of Saudi Arabia demanding their immediate release.

Global Strategy Consultation (MDS)

As you may be aware, Amnesty International has started to develop our
next Global Strategy. This is the strategy that sets out how Amnesty is
going to work and which human rights issues we are going to prioritise
over the next four years. The current plan runs from 2016 to 2020 and
included priority campaigns on refugees (I Welcome) and human rights
defenders (Brave). Once the global strategy has been developed Amnesty
International UK will develop a strategy that translates this down to
how we will work and what we will prioritise in the UK. As a first step
in developing the global strategy, a large scale consultation is
underway gathering views from activists, members, staff and people
outside of Amnesty.

As part of this consultation, MDS got us to think about our thoughts on
the following three questions:

1) what should Amnesty lead on?

2) What should Amnesty support?

3) What should Amnesty drop?

MDS will now write up our responses and submit them to the consultation.

AOB

FL shared a reply to our letter to the Home Office on the Refugees
(Family Reunion) Bill. See the May minutes for a reminder. Contact FL to
see a copy of the reply.

Next meeting — Thursday 8th August

Pride Info + July 2019 Minutes
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