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April Meeting & March Updates

Thank you to AMG for this info and updates. If you would prefer to read this content as a PDF, you can do so here.

We warmly invite you to attend the next meeting of the AI Glasgow West Group. Please come and join in our lively and friendly discussions and help us make a positive difference to supporting Human Rights around the world.

This update includes:

  • Details of our forthcoming April 2023 meeting

  • Excerpts from and a link to AIUK's most recent update for local AI group

  • Minutes of our local group meeting held last month; and

  • A note of all our local Group's meeting dates for 2023.

April 2023 Glasgow West AI Group Meeting

Thursday 13th April, Woodlands International Methodist Church, 7:30pm

The next Glasgow West Amnesty meeting takes place on Thursday 13 April 2023 at 7.30pm - 9pm at Woodlands International Church.
More details on Facebook - https://fb.me/e/24A3jSi3e

We would love to see you there on Thursday!

Our activities for the April meeting include:

  • Planning next steps following our recent successful Iftar event, which highlighted various human rights issues affecting Muslim Groups;

  • Discussing Israeli Apartheid and considering potential events to help raise awareness; and

  • Undertaking letter writing in response to recent Urgent Actions alerts from AI.

Recent AI Glasgow West Comedy Fundraiser lauded by AIUK

The AI Glasgow West Group's comedy fundraising event, has recently been praised by Amnesty International UK's Fundraising Team as ‘...one of the most successful fundraisers in a long time...”.

We provided details in last month's email of this event, which raised £3,500 for AI.

Extract Of Local Groups' Updates From AIUK

Full details of AIUK's update for local groups can be viewed via this browser link.

This month's update from AIUK includes the following:

Stop the Cruel Bill

The UK government's latest immigration bill is a heartless and cruel attack on people needing safety.The government is using lies and hate-filled language that will stoke flames of division, hatred and could end with more violence. We cannot allow this to happen.

Over 12,000 Amnesty supporters wrote to their MPs ahead of the second reading.

Local groups and individuals are encouraged to continue the pressure and further raise awareness.

Protect the Protest updates - Public Order Bill

The draconian Public Order Bill is currently in its final stage of its passage through parliament. This law, when passed will give the police unprecedented powers to restrict the right to protest in the UK. This will include an expansion of police powers to be able to ban people from attending protests, stop and search people in the context of protest and make it easier for police to restrict protest. This is particularly concerning in light of Baroness Casey's damning report that found deep-rooted institutional racism, homophobia and misogyny in the Met.

This new legislation, last year's ‘Police Act' and other attacks on human rights in the UK has led to the UK being downgraded in a global civic freedoms index to ‘obstructed'. You can read more here.

Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territory

It was in the midst of Israeli Apartheid Week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to London. An Amnesty activist greeted him by wearing a mask of his face and holding a sign saying ‘I heart apartheid.' We also unfurled a banner calling for an end to Israeli apartheid. Earlier in the week, we worked with Palestinian activists in London to put stickers on hire bikes, using the bike as a symbol of free movement to make the point that Palestinians continue to live under punitive movement restrictions.

Many of you have held screenings of Farha and Tantura to learn about the Nakba. There is still plenty of time to do this and hold a brainstorming session for actions you can take to mark Nakba day on 15 May.

Further information from AIUK

Full details of AIUK's update for local groups can be viewed via this browser link.

March 2023 Updates

Glasgow West Local Group

Meeting held on 9th March 2023

Present : Claire (Chair), Kirstie, Christine, Jim, Mal, Amjad, Andrew and Sabrine.

Apologies tendered: Neil, Merle, Amanda, Silvia, Sharon, Hala and Chakar (Chakar is a former member of AI Perth, who will be joining our Group).

Welcome

Claire welcomed everyone to the meeting, particularly Sabrine, who was attending her first meeting of the group.

Minutes of meeting held on 9 February 2023

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed.

Financial Update

Kirstie indicated that she was now officially recognised as the Group's Treasurer, having now had a bank statement posted to her!

Kirstie has received notification from AIUK Charitable Trust that they have receipt of £2823 raised at The Stand Comedy fundraiser.

On the night, a total of c.£750 was also raised for our local Group's campaigns and activities (£540 raised in the raffle, £119 in tin collections and £89 via PayPal donations).

The Group recorded its thanks to all who had contributed via buying event tickets, raffle tickets, tin collections, PayPal donations and donating raffle prizes.

Andrew confirmed he had written to The Stand to thank their staff and the performers.

Jim noted that the date of 12 February 2024 had been agreed with The Stand for a similar event.

With the imminent rise of postal charges, Kirstie undertook to investigate whether it would be possible to buy stamps in advance for overseas letters. (post-meeting update: Kirstie subsequently confirmed that it is only possible to buy stamps for UK destinations in advance).

Action from Previous meetings

Andrew noted that there had still been no response from Naomi McAuliffe regarding the invitations for her to meet with the Glasgow AI groups. However, separately and unrelated, Thea Iannou, a local activism colleague from AIUK, has been in touch with the AI Groups in Scotland and invited them to an online meeting to discuss common issues. This will take place on 21 March and Andrew will dial into that.

Debrief from the Stand night: a great night; raffle went well and we don't need to worry about having great prizes - people don't care!; take at least 10 raffle ticket books in future!

International Women's Day

Claire highlighted an event taking place in Govanhill Park on Saturday 11 March at 12 noon. This is part of a wider series of events in Govanhill celebrating International Women's Day. Details in undernoted link:

https://www.govanhillbaths.com/iwd2023/

Christine updated on correspondence she had received from the AI Feminist Network. This included an Action Pack, which highlighted Urgent Action cases relating to Women's Rights, covering Iran, Andorra and Afghanistan.

The Action Pack includes various online actions that members may wish to add their voice to:-

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/ACTIONS/AFGHANISTANWOMEN

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/activist-defending-abortion-rights-faces-trial

@Silvia / Hala → SM if possible

Nomination to AIUK Board

Our local Group member colleague, Mal had previously indicated that he wished to stand for election to the Board of AIUK and our Group confirmed that it would nominate him.

AIUK Local Groups' Update

The link to the local groups' update had been circulated with the meeting notice.

Stand up to Racism March, Glasgow on Saturday 18 March

Claire had previously circulated information about the above event, which was taking place in Glasgow, Cardiff and London. After discussion, it was agreed that individuals from our group would consider attending on a personal basis.

IFTAR event

Claire provided an update on the Iftar event, which will take place on Sunday 26 March @ 4.30pm – at The Ark, 70 Coplaw Street, Glasgow. The event is being organised with input from our Group and MEND. It will involve speakers covering rights issues relating to Uyghurs including Eritrea, Palestine and Kashmir. It will involve a ‘write for rights' session relating to individuals from the various topic areas, prior to the Iftar meal.

Claire indicated that an open Eventbrite invitation to the Iftar event would be circulated. It would be helpful to get press and social media publicity relating to this – Silvia / Hala?

Event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-rights-iftar-glasgow-tickets-575683122717

Claire indicated that much planning had yet to take place and volunteers to assist would be appreciated.

Amjar, Kirstie, Sabrine and Claire indicated they would be available to attend the event. Christine may be able to attend later on in the day.

A follow-up session to the Iftar event will also take place on 14 May at 2.30pm.

May Day event

Mal indicated that there was an opportunity for AI to have a stall at the May Day rally at Glasgow Green. It was agreed in principle that we should do this. Other local AI Groups may wish to join with this.

Planning for this event will be discussed in more detail at a future meeting.

Urgent Actions

Christine circulated Urgent Actions (which Merle had passed to her) and colleagues undertook letter writing on those cases.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 13th April 2023, 7.30pm - 9pm @ Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW.

2023 Meeting Dates

New Members welcome!

The Group meets every 2 Thursday at 7.30pm - 9pm.

The meetings take place at Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW

For further information contact mail@glasgowwestamnesty.org.uk

  • Thursday 12 January 2023

  • Thursday 9 February 2023

  • Thursday 9th March 2023

  • Thursday 13th April 2023

  • Thursday 11th May 2023

  • Thursday 8th June 2023

  • Thursday 13th July 2023

  • Thursday 10th August 2023

  • Thursday 14th September 2023

  • Thursday 12th October 2023

  • Thursday 9th November 2023

  • Thursday 14th December 2023

BETTER TO LIGHT A CANDLE THAN CURSE THE DARKNESS

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March 2023 Meeting & February Updates

Thanks to AMG for these updates. If you would prefer to read these updates as a PDF, you can do so here.

We warmly invite you to attend the next meeting of the AI Glasgow West Group. Please come and join in our lively and friendly discussions and help us make a positive difference to supporting Human Rights around the world.

This update includes:

  • Details of our forthcoming March 2023 meeting;

  • A write-up featuring our recent Comedy Fundraiser;

  • Excerpts from and a link to AIUK's most recent update for local AI groups;

  • Minutes of our local group meeting held last month; and

  • A note of all our local Group's meeting dates for 2023.

March 2023 Glasgow West AI Group Meeting

Thursday 9th March, Woodlands International Methodist Church, 7:30pm

The next Glasgow West Amnesty meeting takes place on Thursday 9 March 2023 at 7.30pm – 9pm at Woodlands International Church.

More details on Facebook - https://fb.me/e/24A3jSi3e

We would love to see you there on Thursday!

Our activities for the March meeting include:

  • Reviewing our recent Comedy fundraiser and discussing future events;

  • Discussing the nomination of one of our long-time activists for a position on the AIUK Board; and

  • Undertaking letter writing in response to recent Urgent Actions alerts from AI.

AI Glasgow West Comedy Fundraiser raises £3,500 for Amnesty

A total of just over £3,500 was raised for Amnesty International at a Comedy event held in Glasgow in February.

sold out!

£2,800 in ticket sales went directly to the AI Charitable Trust, while £750 was donated via a raffle and collection tins to support the work of the local Glasgow West Amnesty group.

A cast of top comedians, including local legends Frankie Boyle, Mark Nelson and, host for the evening Chris Forbes, helped ensure that the event was completely sold out.

Other comedians appearing on the packed bill were local and international stand-ups Laura Quinn Goh, Marjolein Robertson, Liam Farrelly and Susan Riddell.

All performers gave their time free of charge in order to help raise awareness of Amnesty and raise funds to support AI's ongoing work.

The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow generously provided free use of its premises for the evening.

During the interval, Mal, one of the local activists with AI Glasgow West Group, provided the audience with a brief overview of the work of AI, and encouraged attendees to consider joining their local AI group.

Claire Low, Chair of AI Glasgow West Group, said:

“It was an amazing evening! We couldn't believe we also sold out all of our raffle books! People were incredibly generous despite local hardships. We have already fixed our date for next year's comedy event at The Stand, who we'd like to thank for their work in supporting and hosting the event.”

Extract Of Updates From AIUK

Full details of AIUK's update for local groups can be viewed via this browser link.

This month's update from AIUK features information on a Manchester AI member's efforts to raise the issue of ‘sportswashing' as a means of distracting from human rights abuses.

AI is also continuing its work in recruiting a series of activist representatives across the UK.

Amnesty Manchester'sletter

no qatar - human rights matter

"Manchester United fans, let's fight takeover by Qatar"

Those are the words fromKathryn Fletcher, a*Manchester Amnesty*activist in her Guardian letter on 14 February.

She's saying thatUnited and City fans should pull together in protest against the "sportswashing" of human rights abuses in the UAE and Qatar.

She's calling onconcerned Manchester United fans to join the Manchester Amnesty group to campaign against this takeover.Read the full article here.

Activism Representatives

Activism Representatives are the voluntary lead activists who coordinate and support local Amnesty groups across the UK.

We are still recruiting for Activism Representatives. If you are interested in applying or know someone who would be great for the role please follow the button below to apply.

Read more

For full details of the latest AIUK Local Groups' update, please click on this browser link.

Updates from AI Glasgow West Meeting held on 9th February 2023

Present:Claire (Chair), Kirstie, Amanda, Christine, Jim, Silvia, Neil, Merle, Mal, Amjad, Andrew and Hala.

Apologies tendered: Sharon.

Welcome

Claire welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Minutes of meeting held on 12 January 2023

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed.

Financial Update

Kirstie provided an update on the Group's finances. This included taking receipt of £26.25 from the Glasgow Daytime AI Group as their contribution to the Write for Rights postage; £49.31 in donations and £31 via the Paypal account. All contributors with contact details have been written to and thanked.

The quarterly bill for hire of meeting hall (£63) and the annual affiliation fee to AIUK (£72) have recently been paid.

A £25 donation on behalf of our Group to support AI's work in investigating human rights abuses in Ukraine has been made personally by Kirstie and she will reclaim this from the Group's funds.

The Group's bank account has a balance of £211 as at 1 Feb.

The link to the annual financial return to AIUK was briefly discussed and Kirstie and Jim will complete and submit that form. Action – Kirstie and Jim

AI Collection Tins

Two of the AI collection tins recently received from a former member of a now disbanded AI group will be passed to the Glasgow University AI Group by Hala. Action – Hala

Glasgow University AI Group Event

Mal, Neil and Hala had recently agreed to input to an event held by Glasgow University AI Group, which was aimed at supporting development of the group and helping bolster their recruitment and membership. Feedback received from Alejandra, the secretary of the Glasgow University group, on the input of our group members was extremely positive and the event was seen to have been very successful. The Glasgow University Group is keen to undertake further collaboration with our Group.

Social Media

Silvia provided an update on activities relating to social media, including publicity for the Comedy Fundraiser.

Urgent Actions

Merle circulated Urgent Actions and colleagues undertook letter writing on those cases.

Local Groups' Update

Claire highlighted some of the key items from AIUK's local groups' update. (Link to this previously circulated with the email for this meeting).

The article and photos submitted on the Glasgow Groups' Write for Rights event had been included in the AIUK mailing.

It was noted that, whilst the previous AIUK update had highlighted dates for AIUK's regional online conferences, no further details had been included in this update. (Subsequent to our meeting, AIUK advised that the Scotland conference would not be going ahead this year).

Update on Invitation to AI Scotland Director to attend meeting with Glasgow AI Groups

A third invitation / reminder had been sent to Naomi McAuliffe, AI Scotland Director, to attend a meeting with the Glasgow AI groups. As yet, we still await a response.

Resolutions for AIUK annual meeting

It was noted that the deadline for submitting resolutions to the AIUK AGM was imminent. Any member wishing to propose a resolution should circulate their proposal to the group activists via the Signal Group within one week.

Comedy Night Fundraising Event

Tasks and information for the Comedy Fundraiser, The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

Doors Open – 7pm Wednesday 15 February 2023

Starts – 8pm approx.

Finishes – 10pm approx.

Arrive Early - Jim & Hala will arrive at 6.45pm

AI Input on the night - Mal will lead the Group's input on the night. This includes liaising with the host, Chris Forbes, and asking him to lead the raffle; Providing a brief overview of the work of AI during the interval; thanking The Stand, the performers and others giving freely of their time; and liaising with the host on buying the performers a drink (Kirstie to reimburse cost from raffle proceeds).

Raffle prizes – Candles and £30 voucher for Utopia for Hair or Massage treatment - Kirstie; Champagne – Neil; Wine – Silvia; Wine – Christine; Talisker whisky – Andrew; Ted Baker ‘His & Her Bath Sets' – Sharon; Other prizes? (Individuals to bring the prizes along on the night and hold onto them until the raffle is about to start during the interval)

Raffle Posters – Merle will draft posters stating that AI Glasgow West will be the beneficiary of the raffle and that the funds raised will be used in local campaigns, etc. Jim will email a copy of this to The Stand.

Raffle Ticket prices - £2 for 1 strip; £5 for 3 strips. (N.B. Do not detach individual tickets from strips!)

Raffle Ticket sellers – Amjad, Neil & Amanda.

Raffle tickets – Andrew has 3 sets of Mal's books of raffle tickets and will bring them on the night

Money collected – Sellers to give funds raised from raffle to Kirstie.

Photographs / Social Media - Silvia will take photographs at the event for use in publicity, including providing social media updates on the night.

AI publicity materials - Andrew will bring the AI Banner, Posters, Lanyards, Badges and Raffle tickets.

Collection Tins – Neil will bring two AI Collection Tins to provide an opportunity for anyone wishing to make cash donations.

Funds Raised - Once the final total raised for AIUK Charity is notified to Jim by The Stand, he will arrange for them to send an invoice to The Stand for that amount.

Publicity – Andrew will write a short article for the AIUK Local Groups Update on the Fundraiser and include some of Silvia's photos. Hala will seek to liaise with local press on getting publicity for the event.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 9th March 2023, 7.30pm - 9pm @ Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW.

Amnesty International

Glasgow West Local Group

2023 Meeting Dates

New Members welcome!

The Group meets every 2 Thursday at 7.30pm - 9pm.

The meetings take place at Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW

For further information contact mail@glasgowwestamnesty.org.uk

Meeting dates for 2023:

  • Thursday 12 January 2023

  • Thursday 9 February 2023

  • Thursday 9th March 2023

  • Thursday 13th April 2023

  • Thursday 11th May 2023

  • Thursday 8th June 2023

  • Thursday 13th July 2023

  • Thursday 10th August 2023

  • Thursday 14th September 2023

  • Thursday 12th October 2023

  • Thursday 9th November 2023

  • Thursday 14th December 2023

BETTER TO LIGHT A CANDLE THAN CURSE THE DARKNESS

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February 2023 meeting & January Updates

Thanks to AMG for these updates. If you prefer, you can also read them as a PDF.

We warmly invite you to attend the next meeting of the AI Glasgow West Group. Please come and join in our lively and friendly discussions and help us make a positive difference to supporting Human Rights around the world.

This update includes:

  • Details of our forthcoming February 2023 meeting;
  • Excerpts from and a link to AIUK's most recent update for local AI groups;
  • Minutes of our local group meeting held last month; and
  • A note setting out all of our local Group's meeting dates for 2023.

February 2023 Glasgow West AI Group Meeting

Thursday 9th February, Woodlands International Methodist Church, 7:30pm

The next Glasgow West Amnesty meeting takes place on Thursday 9th February 2023 at 7.30pm – 9pm at Woodlands International Church.

More details on Facebook - https://fb.me/e/24A3jSi3e

We would love to see you there on Thursday!

Our activities for the February meeting include:

  • Finalising the planning for our AI Comedy Night Fundraiser at The Stand, Glasgow on the evening of Wednesday 15th February 2023. (Tickets now Sold Out).
  • Considering whether our local AI Group wishes to submit any resolutions to AIUK's AGM, which takes place on 24th June 2023.
  • Discussing our Group's potential participation in the Stand Up To Racism Demonstrations, planned to take place in Glasgow, Cardiff and London on Saturday 18th March 2023; and
  • Urgent Actions letter writing.

Extract Of Updates From AIUK

Full details of AIUK's update for local groups can be viewed via this browser link.

This month's update from AIUK features information on the Write for Rights campaign, including information on the work of the three AI Glasgow groups' input to that campaign.
It also includes a template for individuals to write to newspapers to highlight concerns around UK Government activities and proposals affecting human rights.

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AIUK 2023 Priority Campaigns

The link below outlines Amnesty International UK's 2023 priority campaigns. This includes current campaigns you may be familiar with, such as End Israeli Apartheid and Protect the Protest, as well as new exciting campaigns upcoming this year. 
The information in the PDF will be subject to change.

Please always check the campaign pages for the most up-to-date information, or get in touch with *activism@amnesty.org.uk * and thea.ioannou@amnesty.org.uk

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January 2023 Updates

Amnesty International

Glasgow West Local Group

Meeting held on 12th January 2023

Present: Claire (Chair), Kirstie, Neil, Merle, Mal, Amjad, Andrew and Hala.

Apologies tendered: Jim, Silvia and Sharon.

Welcome

Claire welcomed everyone to the meeting, particularly Amjad, who was attending for the first time. Colleagues introduced themselves.

Minutes of meeting held on 8th December 2022

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed.

Financial Update

Kirstie provided an update on the Group's finances. The major annual expenses for the group are hire of meeting hall (£252 pa, paid quarterly) and the annual affiliation fee to AIUK of £72 pa. The current balance in the Group's bank account is c.£300. Write for Rights postage expenses of £52.50 were recently incurred, with the Glasgow Daytime AI Group having agreed to cover half of that cost.

AI Collection Tins

Andrew noted that five AI collection tins had recently been passed to him by Sheena, a member of the now disbanded Paisley AI group (Sheena was referred via Alex of the AI Glasgow Daytime Group). They will be stored in the cupboard of our meeting hall and Andrew will also contact the secretary of the Glasgow Univ AI Group to ask if they want a couple of the tins. (Action – Andrew)
It was noted that AI UK had also sent us a couple of collection tins as part of the Write for Rights resource pack we requested.

Donation to Ukraine Appeal

It was agreed that the Group should donate £25 to AI's ringfenced appeal to help raise resources to contribute to human rights work in Ukraine.

Andrew forwarded AIUK's link to the ringfenced Ukraine appeal to Kirstie and she will arrange payment of our agreed donation. (Action – Kirstie)

Write for Rights Event

Claire referred to the update on our December W4R event, which had been summarised in the calling notice email for this meeting. A total of 118 individual cards and letters had been sent, covering 10 countries. Claire thanked Kirstie for helping lead the organisation of the library venue and also thanked all the volunteers who had input to the day from our own group, the Glasgow Daytime Group and the Glasgow University Group.

Thank you messages had been sent to the secretaries of the other two groups, to the head librarian (Steven Millar) and to the politician who had attended the event (Paul Sweeney, MSP). A short article on our Write for Rights event had been submitted to AIUK asking them to consider it for inclusion in their next monthly Local Groups' Update.

AIUK Local Groups' Update

Claire highlighted some of the items included in the latest AIUK Local Groups' update.

This included the date for AIUK's regional online conferences, with the Scotland AI Conference taking place on 4th March 2023. Further details to follow from AIUK.

Claire also highlighted free online course open to all AI members.

Full details of the AIUK update for local groups was circulated with the calling notice email for our Group's January meeting, and can also be viewed via this browser link.

Glasgow University Group Event

The secretary of the Glasgow University AI Group had asked our Group to provide a speaker(s) for an event they were holding on Tuesday 24th January aimed at recruiting new activists to their group. The event will focus on having an open discussion with their members about the background to AI, campaigning, events, current Human Rights issues, etc.

It was agreed that Mal, Hala and Neil would all attend and contribute to leading that discussion with the University Group members. Andrew will forward contact details and information on the discussions he has had with Alejandra, secretary of the University AI Group, regarding potential content and format of the event. (Action – Mal, Hala and Neil)

Update on Invitation to AI Scotland Director to attend meeting with Glasgow AI Groups

Andrew indicated that Naomi McAuliffe, AI Director, had been invited in early November to attend a meeting to discuss how the Glasgow AI groups can best contribute locally to AIUK's Strategic Framework priorities. The secretaries of the other two Glasgow AI Groups had indicated they would be keen for all the Glasgow AI groups to be invited to attend.

The invitation asked Naomi to speak on issues our own Group had identified as being particularly keen to engage with, such as the Human Rights Act, both in relation to protesting the changes set out by the UK Govt and, separately, in seeking to contribute to the Scottish Govt's proposed Human Rights Bill consultation.  The invitation email suggested Naomi might speak on how best our local groups can contribute effectively to these and other broader AI campaigning priorities.  For example, how can we better link our work and resources to supporting AI's Scotland office, as well as joining with other organisations locally and nationally, including those affiliated to the Human Rights Consortium Scotland.  It was also suggested that members would likely find it helpful to have a more general overview of the role of AI's Scotland office, links with AIUK and with local groups across Scotland.  In addition, Naomi would, undoubtedly, have other issues that she would wish to cover.  The suggestion was for a fairly informal discussion, with Naomi providing an overview and context, before opening up a more general chat with members of the three Glasgow Groups.

Naomi had indicated in early December that she would be willing to attend, however, there had been no further response yet to the follow-up email of 14th December, asking if the group's meeting dates in February or March suited.

Andrew will once again contact Naomi to try to get a date for this in order to give sufficient notice to the other Glasgow AI groups and members. (Action – Andrew)

Comedy Night Fundraising Event

Jim had previously confirmed with The Stand that the event would take place on 15th February. Tickets will be sold online by The Stand, with all ticket sale proceeds going to AIUK's charitable wing (also meaning there would be no tax implications).

Once ticket sales are live, we will be informed by The Stand. It is likely tickets will sell out fast, given the indication of the comedians that will be performing on the bill.

Publicity for the event would include our social media (Action - Silvia) and contacting the secretaries of the other Glasgow Groups with details (Action – Andrew)

It was noted that there will likely be minimal need for our input on the night, as The Stand will cover door issues, etc.

The one area we will need to work on is in relation to organising a cash raffle on the night. This will be the only mechanism for raising funds for our local group.

It was discussed that many people attending the event may not be carrying cash and it was suggested that using our Paypal account may be an option, dependent on Wifi connectivity (Action – Kirstie to consider).

It was also suggested that we could urge attendees to bring cash for the raffle via social media. (Action - Silvia to consider).

Mal indicated that he may have books of raffle tickets that could be used. (Action – Mal).

Neil, Merle and Andrew offered to donate raffle prizes (Champagne, Chocolates and Malt Whisky).

It was suggested that individual members may wish to contact local businesses to request donations for raffle prizes (Action – All to consider).

It was also suggested that we could bring the AI banner and some of the posters that are in the store cupboard to the event to help raise awareness of AI.

Final arrangements for the event will be made at our February meeting (which takes place just six days before the event).

Urgent Actions

Merle circulated Urgent Actions and a number of colleagues undertook letter writing on those cases.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 9th February 2023, 7.30pm - 9pm @ Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW.

2023 Meeting Dates

New Members welcome!

The Group meets every 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm - 9pm.

The meetings take place at Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW

For further information contact mail@glasgowwestamnesty.org.uk

  • Thursday 12th January 2023

  • Thursday 9th February 2023

  • Thursday 9th March 2023

  • Thursday 13th April 2023

  • Thursday 11th May 2023

  • Thursday 8th June 2023

  • Thursday 13th July 2023

  • Thursday 10th August 2023

  • Thursday 14th September 2023

  • Thursday 12th October 2023

  • Thursday 9th November 2023

  • Thursday 14th December 2023

"Better to light a candle than curse the darkness"

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January Meeting and Updates

Thanks to AMG for these updates. If you prefer to read them as a PDF, you can do so here

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our local AI Members and Supporters!

We would like to warmly invite you to attend the next meeting of the AI Glasgow West Group. Please come and join in our lively and friendly discussions and help us make a positive difference to supporting Human Rights around the world.

This email includes:

  • Details of our forthcoming January 2023 meeting
  • An update on the Glasgow AI Groups' December Write for Rights Event
  • Excerpts from AIUK's most recent update for local groups
  • Minutes of our local group meeting held last month.

January 2023 Glasgow West AI Group Meeting

Thursday 12th January, Woodlands International Methodist Church, 7:30pm

The next Glasgow West Amnesty meeting takes place on Thursday 12th January 2023 at 7.30pm – 9pm at Woodlands International Church.

More details on Facebook - https://fb.me/e/24A3jSi3e

We would love to see you there on Thursday!

Our activities for the January meeting include:

  • Planning an AI Comedy Night Fundraiser at The Stand, Glasgow on the evening of Wednesday 15th February 2023 – ****HOLD THE DATE!****
  • Urgent Appeals letter writing;
  • Discussing our invitation to input to a forthcoming Glasgow Univ AI Group meeting; and
  • Reviewing our recent Right for Writes Campaign.

Update On Glasgow AI Groups' Write For Rights Event

To mark International Human Rights Day on Saturday 10th December 2022, the three Glasgow Amnesty International Groups came together to host a joint Write for Rights event at Hillhead Library in Glasgow.

Activists from the Glasgow West, Glasgow Daytime and Glasgow University AI Groups, spent the day raising awareness of AI's 2022 Write for Rights cases.

On the day, a total of 118 individual cards and letters were written and posted off to ten different countries. At the event, a collection was also held to support AI's work in investigating human rights abuses in Ukraine.

The intention is that this highly positive experience of collaboration across the three Glasgow AI groups will now be built on and taken further forward in 2023 and beyond.

Extract Of Updates From AIUK

Full details of AIUK's update for local groups can be viewed via this link to the local groups update.

AIUK Online Conference

AIUK is organising seven conferences across nations and regions of the UK. This is simply a ‘save the date' message for any AI member interested in attending. Further details will be available nearer the time.

Scotland Conference
Date: 4 March
Location: Online

Contact here

AIUK Chair's End Of Year Message

The end of year message from Sen Raj, Chair of AIUK, can be viewed via this link.

Amongst other things, Sen's message highlights some of the achievements of 2022, including work undertaken to support and defend human rights; examples of the ongoing challenges ahead, including in Ukraine, in relation to Asylum seekers and in defending the right to protest within the UK.

December 2022 Meeting Updates

Amnesty International
Glasgow West Local Group

Meeting held on 8th December 2022

Present: Claire (Chair), Kirstie, Hala, Andrew, Amanda, John, Christine, Silvia and Merle.

Also attending: Sara, Freedom From Torture (FfT).

Apologies: Jim, Sharon, Neil and Mal.

Welcome

Claire welcomed everyone to the meeting and indicated that the main focus would be on making the final preparations for Saturday's Write for Rights event. Firstly, however, she introduced Sara from Freedom from Torture, who was selling Xmas cards to raise funds for FfT, as well as providing our group with an overview of FfT's work.

Freedom From Torture

https://www.freedomfromtorture.org/

Sara outlined the origins and work of FfT. It was founded in 1984 by a group of medics to provide care and support for victims of torture. It offers a range of services, including therapies and support to assist victims' recovery, including coping with the physical and psychological impacts of torture. FfT also provides a range of practical services to assist those fleeing torture, such as support to adjust to living in the UK, including translation services.

FfT documents the experiences of and impacts on victims of torture, including matters of physical and mental scarring. This information is typically used both to assist individual asylum claims and to help prosecute / hold to account those responsible for torture.

Sara indicated that there is an FfT centre in Glasgow adjacent to the Clyde.

FfT has c.200 staff and many volunteers, including medics and therapists who help undertake its programme of work.

There are six FfT volunteer groups in the UK, whose role is primarily to raise awareness of the organisation and raise funds to support FfT's work. This includes a group in Glasgow and a group in Edinburgh.

Sara answered a range of questions from AI colleagues, who then purchased cards. Sara was also invited to join the group at Saturday's Write for Rights event, which she accepted. Sara was thanked for her interesting input to the meeting.

Glasgow West AI Group Updates

  • The various actions from the 10th November 2022 meeting were reviewed, with the vast majority having been actioned.

  • Jim's message about potential dates for the Comedy night was discussed and it was agreed to go for Weds 22nd February. [post-meeting update: That date was subsequently taken and an alternative date of 15th February is now our preferred option. Jim to confirm with the venue].

  • Andrew indicated that he had not yet had a response from Naomi McAuliffe to the invitation to attend a meeting in early 2023. [post-meeting update: Naomi has now been in touch and we will liaise with her on a suitable date, as well as extending an invitation to attend this discussion to the Daytime and GUAI groups once we have the details of Naomi's preferred date].

Upcoming Event - Write4Rights (W4R) Hillhead Library Saturday 10th December 2022

  • It was noted that both the AI Glasgow Daytime Group and AI Glasgow University Group had responded positively to the invitation to partner with our group in the W4R event and members of those groups will join with us to run the event on Saturday.

  • Furthermore, the Daytime Group had also agreed to make a donation to the postage costs associated with the event. It was suggested that we should thank the Daytime Group for their kind offer and ask if they would consider a 50:50 split of the postage costs. [post-meeting update: Kirstie confirmed that the total postage costs were £52.50, with a total of 118 cards and letters being packaged up and sent to eleven different countries].

  • Andrew updated on the W4R booklets he had requested and received from AIUK, together with other materials, including badges, posters, etc. It was noted that there was an addendum to the W4R booklet, with a couple of the details in the printed booklet requiring to be updated to correct the mailing address.

  • Claire indicated that she had sent invitations to local politicians.

  • The rota of volunteers from our group for the event was agreed. The Daytime group and GUAI group volunteers have been asked to drop in, as and when they are available.

  • The materials to bring along were sorted into bags, covering pens, pencils, paper, cards, badges, stickers, banner, posters, collection tins, etc.

  • Silvia will continue to issue further social media updates on the event.

AIUK Local Groups' Updates

  • Claire provided an update on some of the issues covered within the AIUK Local Groups' Update, including Human Rights at the World Cup, Ukraine Appeal, Amnesty Online Shop discount code, AI Xmas raffle and free AI online courses.

  • The Local Groups update also included examples of how AI groups around the country were undertaking work and campaigns. It was discussed that we should consider highlighting examples of our own work in this way.

  • This link provides full details of the latest AIUK local groups update.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 12th January 2023, 7.30pm - 9pm @ Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW

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December Meeting, Write For Rights & November Updates

Seasons Greetings!

Thanks to AMG for these minutes. If you prefer, you can read them as a PDF.

We would like to warmly invite you to attend the next meeting of the AI Glasgow West Group. Please come and join us for a mince pie, get involved in our lively and friendly discussions and help us make a positive difference to supporting Human Rights around the world.

These updates include:

  • Details of our December meeting;
  • Information on our event being held in Hillhead library on Sat 10th Dec
  • Excerpts from AIUK's recent update for local groups; and
  • Minutes of our local group meeting held last month

December 2022 Glasgow West AI Group Meeting

Thursday 8th December, Woodlands International Methodist Church, 7:30pm

The next Glasgow West Amnesty meeting takes place on Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm – 9pm at Woodlands International Church.

More details on Facebook - https://fb.me/e/24A3jSi3e

We would love to see you there on Thursday!

Our activities for the December meeting include:

  • Finalising plans for our event being held on Saturday 10th Dec in Hillhead Library, Byres Road, Glasgow. This is focused on engaging the public on AI's annual letter writing campaign, Write for Rights! We will be there between 11am – 4pm and would love you to drop in and get involved in writing short letters of protest to governments – as well as letters of support to prisoners of conscience. No experience required! AI volunteers will be there throughout the day to help you make a difference.

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  • Sara Barry from Freedom from Torture will be attending our December meeting to provide an overview of FfT's work. On the evening, Sara will also be selling FfT Xmas Cards to help fund the work of that organisation. Anyone interested in purchasing these cards can also contact Sara directly at sara.barry1@ntlworld.com.

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Extract Of Updates From AIUK

Human Rights at the FIFA World Cup 2022

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32 nations are competing for the FIFA World Cup. Amnesty groups have seized this chance to highlight the current state of human rights in each of the participating countries, especially the hosts in Qatar.

Amnesty Lambeth had a meeting where eight members of the group assessed the human rights performance of the four countries in their allotted group. No prizes for the victor of the final but a trophy of shame. If you want to hear from the group sign up to their mailing list here.

Ewa Turczanska, a member of the Colwyn Bay group was part of an Amnesty response to an invitation from Melin Drafod, a Welsh think-tank to speak as part of a panel to discuss the World Cup and Welsh ethical foreign policy.

Since the panel discussion Ewa has been asked to speak for S4C (a Welsh tv channel) and has conducted a phone interview about Amnesty's take on Mark Drakeford (Welsh First Minister) going to Qatar.

Sign the petition

Amnesty Shop

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A reminder that all local group members receive 10% off everything at the Amnesty Shop, as well as FREE P&P, on orders over £75.

We know that Local Groups and Student activists do amazing work for Amnesty. Buying and sending out cards and gifts from the Amnesty Shop is another way in which you can get involved and help spread our message. As always, we really appreciate your on-going support.

All our products are ethically made, so you can rest assured knowing that everything we sell meets high standards. And you can browse according to your own personal values - whether that be fair trade, vegan, plastic free, or UK made.

Order online and set yourself up with an account and log-on. Enter the code 10AMNGRP into the Gift & Promo Codes box on the Payment Options stage of the checkout to receive your 10% off and FREE P&P (minimum spend: £75).

Shop Here

Amnesty Christmas Raffle 2022

You may wish to enter the Amnesty Christmas Raffle and grab your chance to feel like a winner! How would you spend £5,000? That's what's up for grabs when the raffle is drawn in just a few weeks.

Tickets cost just £2 and with every ticket you buy, you're standing up for humanity.

Buy your raffle tickets online today for your chance to experience that winning feeling and you could help more unfairly imprisoned people walk free!

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Glasgow West AI October Updates

Amnesty International - Glasgow West Local Group 

Meeting held on 10th November 2022

Present: Claire (Chair), Amanda, Hala, Kirstie, Andrew, Sharon, Jim, Merle, Christine and Silvia.

Welcome: Claire warmly welcomed Amanda and Hala to the group and members introduced themselves. Amanda and Hala will be invited to join the Signal Group and the new members welcome letter will also be forwarded to them – and also to Sharon, who was attending her second meeting. (Action - Claire / Andrew)

Glasgow West AI Group Updates

  • Silvia will continue to help update AIGW social media (including Facebook event for W4R). (Action – Silvia)

  • It was noted that Rob Hallam updates the AIGW website http://www.glasgowwestamnesty.org.uk/ with the monthly updates. Andrew will forward Rob's contact details to Silvia, as she will wish to liaise with Rob in considering any changes to the website*.* (Action – Andrew / Silvia)

  • It was suggested that the AIGW website may not need to contain the monthly minutes and instead could contain a note that they are available upon request. [post meeting note - there is currently very little content on the website other than the monthly updates and minutes, so we may wish to delay any changes until we have alternative content]

  • Agreed that we should revert to one e-mail per month for the wider mailing list, containing a summary of key updates, minutes, etc. (Action – Andrew)

  • Christine distributed posters she had made and various colleagues offered to put them up in local libraries shops, etc. (Action – Various members)

  • Prisoner of Conscience role within AIGW – To be discussed in New Year.

  • Andrew to ask Rob if it's possible to obtain info on how many e-mails sent to the AIGW mailing list are opened. (Action – Andrew)

  • Treasurer's Update - Jim confirmed that the forms had been completed to enable a change of signatories to the Group's bank account. Two signatures will be required on any cheques, etc from Kirstie, Jim and Andrew. Jim will remain as Treasurer until changes are made with the bank; thereafter Kirstie will take on that role. Jim noted he had been advised that the cost of hiring the church hall would rise by a relatively modest amount. Jim indicated he would try phoning The Stand Comedy Club about hosting a fundraiser for the Group. (Action – Jim)

  • The Group had agreed at the Oct meeting to donate £100 to AIUK's Iranian Women campaign Urgent Appeal.  Having contacted AIUK regarding this, the advice was that donations to AI are generally not ringfenced for particular causes and that the appeal was aimed at individual donations. It was subsequently agreed that it would be best to rescind the previous decision to donate group funds and, instead, individual members may make a donation, should they wish to.

  • Name of Group – A brief discussion took place on whether we should consider changing the group name from AI Glasgow West to AI Glasgow. Following discussion, it was noted there could be a range of practical issues and other considerations. It was agreed that the Group's current name should remain.

  • Andrew confirmed that he had contacted Naomi McAuliffe of AI's Scotland Office, inviting her to attend a meeting of the Group in the New Year to discuss how we might work more closely with AI's Scotland office on campaigns, etc. No response had been received yet. Andrew to chase up later in November if still no response. (Action – Andrew)

  • Claire updated that she had contacted Interfaith Glasgow about the potential for joint working between our two groups. The response had been positive, though it would suit them better for something later in 2023. (Action – Claire to renew contact with Interfaith Glasgow later in 2023)

Upcoming Event - Write4Rights (W4R)

  • Kirstie advised that Hillhead Library (Byres Road, Glasgow) had confirmed the venue for Saturday 10th December 2022, where our Group will host a W4R event. The aim is to encourage members of the public to participate in W4R, raise awareness of our group and encourage new members to get involved.

  • Andrew circulated copies of the W4R booklets that had been requested on behalf of the group. (Kirstie hadn't yet received a response from AIUK to her request for booklets).

  • Agreed to cover the W4R event between 11am - 4pm. (Rota – 11am – 1pm Merle, Christine and Amanda; 1pm – 3pm Silvia, Jim and Andrew; 12pm – 4pm Claire; 2pm – 4pm Kirstie; others invited to input as and when they may be available). (Action – various members)

  • In preparation for W4R event, equipment to be brought to our next meeting, which is two days before the event: colouring pencils, pens, paper, non-religious cards, group promotional cards and banner. (Action – various members)

  • The cupboard in the church hall contains some suitable AI posters, badges and a collection tin.

  • We will share details of the event with the other Glasgow AI groups and invite them to participate with us. (Action - Andrew to share with Daytime Group and Silvia to share with Student group)

  • Also agreed that we could invite local politicians to attend the W4R event (MPs/Councillors/MSPs). (Action – all to consider and make contact, as appropriate)

  • Final preparations for the event to be made at our next meeting on Thursday 8th November.

AIUK Local Group Updates

  • Claire provided an update on some of the issues covered within the AIUK local groups update, including:

  • Jamnesty in solidarity with Luis Manuel event. AIUK was inviting groups and supporters to hold local ‘Jamnesty' live music events to celebrate Luis Manuel's life and work, raise awareness of his case and raise vital funds for AIUK. 

  • AI Conference cancelled due to train strikes.

  • *Petition: https://www.amnesty.org/en/petition/close-guantanamo/ *

  • Amnesty Shop - 10% discount for members - Code: 10AMNGRP

  • Ukraine Appeal – Help Amnesty International Expose War Crimes by Fundraising with Your Group - Nov-Dec - you'll be able to donate funds raised directly to our work supporting human rights in Ukraine. We are not always able to offer groups the opportunity to raise money in support of specific areas of work, so we are looking forward to seeing how you make the most of this opportunity.  Read more about our Ukraine Appeal and how you can get involved; download a Donation Form for our Ukraine Appeal 

  • British Nationals in Iran No-One Left Behind: Download our new campaign toolkit. This new toolkit gives you information about the campaign, how to involve your MP and take part in the London to Tehran challenge, and where to find all the tools you need to take action.  

  • Update: Morad Tahbaz was sent back to Evin prison in Iran after being released on furlough. We are asking the Foreign Secretary to urgently meet Morad's family to outline the UK's plans to secure his freedom. You can read our response to this news here. Petition 

  • End Israel Apartheid: new report calling on The International Criminal Court to investigate unlawful attacks committed during Israel's August assault on the Gaza Strip as war crimes. Link to recording from conference on the Right to Boycott

  • Youth Activist Coach - piloting a new project to support Amnesty Youth Groups and youth activism in schools. We are recruiting local activists and human rights educators who are based in/can easily travel to one of the following areas, inc. Falkirk FK5! Successful applicants will be matched with, trained, and supported to offer tailored coaching to a participating Amnesty Youth Group over a 9-month period. If you are interested in being part of our pilot, please read the Youth Activist Coach role description to find out more and for how to apply.

  • Amnesty Christmas Raffle 2022 - Tickets £2: https://raffle.amnesty.org.uk/ 

  • Online training courses - on futurelearn / Amnesty Academy: People, Power, and Politics: Influencing Political Decision-Makers on Human Rights; Amnesty website

Urgent Actions

Merle circulated the most recent Urgent Actions. Members within the core group and the wider mailing list are encouraged to respond to the Urgent Actions, if they can do so.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions

Date of Next Meeting

Thursday 8th December 2022, 7.30pm - 9pm @ Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW

Donations

We appreciate that there is a cost-of-living crisis and a great many are feeling the squeeze. If you do feel able to support us with a donation to help our ongoing running costs, we would be very grateful.

We have set up a Paypal donation page.

If you would prefer to donate at a meeting, that too would be welcomed!

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October 2022 Updates

Thank you to AMG for these updates. If you prefer, you can read the updates as a PDF.

Welcome & Introductions

Meeting held on 13th October 2022

Present: Jim, Andrew, Merle, Kirstie, Silvia and Claire

Apologies: Neil and Christine

Updates

Roles:

  • Kirstie to assume role of Treasurer. Updates to be made to the Group's bank account. Two signatures will be required on any cheques, etc.  Andrew also to be a signatory. Jim will remain as Treasurer until changes are made with the bank.
  • Claire to assume role of Group Chair, with the possibility of an additional Co-Chair being appointed in the future.
  • Andrew to assume role of Secretary. Huge thanks to Freya for all her work over the past 8 years in that role.
  • Silvia to assume the role of Social Media co-ordinator.

Discussion took place on other potential roles that could be useful and would require volunteers within the Group, including Press liaison and ‘Prisoner of Conscience'.

Group Donation:

Group agreed to donate £100 to AIUK's Iranian Women campaign Urgent Appeal.  Andrew will liaise with AIUK and Jim / Kirstie about making the donation.

Stand up at the Stand

Still no reply from The Stand Comedy Club about hosting a fundraiser for our Group. Jim will, once again, seek to follow up with them.

New Group Members

Thanks to Christine and others for beginning to draft a welcome letter for new Group members, setting out info on the work of our Group.  Thanks also to Silvia for suggesting and drafting a poster style template aimed at encouraging new members.

Social Media

Silvia is also  beginning to develop a series of attractive and social media friendly ‘posters' / templates for use in highlighting the work of the Group.

Scottish Government's proposed Human Rights Bill

[NB not to be confused with the UK Govt's 'Human Rights Bill' (AKA 'Rights Removal  Bill'), which has - at least temporarily - been put on hold with regard to its progress through Parliament]

The Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS) (which comprises 100+ Scottish civil society organisations, including AI), is campaigning for the Scottish Govt to prioritise introduction of its own Human Right Bill for Scotland.  The Scottish Government had already outlined its intention to introduce this Bill and the HRCS is urging the Scottish Government to accelerate the timescale.

See: This post from HRC Scotland

The Bill is intended to safeguard existing human rights and embed them more fully across Scottish Govt policy and Scotland's legal system.

(i.e. Largely in contrast to what the UK Govt had been proposing in its Human Rights Bill)

The focus of the proposed Scottish Bill is yet to be developed in detail and will be subject to consultation. However, it is likely to build upon the 'rights-based approach' to children's policy, whereby the Scot Govt last year sought to incorporate the UN Children's Rights Convention into Scots Law.

Following the UK Govt challenging that in the Supreme Court, amendments will be required, but it is understood that the broad ability of the Scot Govt to pursue this approach was largely upheld. Naomi McAuliffe, Scotland Programme Director of AI is one of the signatories to the HRCS letter. 

Decision:

It was agreed that the group should consider inputting  to the Scottish
Government's Human Rights Bill consultation when it is launched (no date
agreed)

Treasurer's Report

Jim reported there is £315 in the Group's bank account. Fees for use of the hall for group meetings have been paid up until the end of 2022.  We require to pay £72 to AIUK as our local group membership fee at the start of 2023. We have now agreed the £100 donation to the Iranian Women's Rights Urgent Appeal.

Following those two payments, the balance will be £143.

Local Groups Update

Highlights below have been extracted from Local Group Mailing List (September)

https://email.amnestyuk.org.uk/q/1eXvKtLE92c1kBsW5vToscA/wv

Guantanamo Bay Petition

https://www.amnesty.org/en/petition/close-guantanamo/ 

Amnesty Shop - 10% discount for members - Code: 10AMNGRP

https://www.amnestyshop.org.uk/ 

Ukraine Appeal

Help AIl Expose War Crimes by Fundraising with Your Group:

  • a ring-fenced fundraising appeal for groups. In the months of
    November and December, we are offering local groups the chance to
    organise fundraising events raising money specifically for our work
    exposing war crimes in Ukraine. - more info soon!/

AIUK National Conference

05.11.22, 10:00 - 19:00 - (in-person). Any member interested in attending can Sign up here

British Nationals in Iran: No-One Left Behind

The Toolkit. October is the month of Action for British Nationals in Iran. The IAR team are inviting groups to take part in a series of events this Autumn in support of detained British Nationals in Iran, Morad and Mehran.

Download our new campaign toolkit.

This new toolkit gives you information about the campaign, how to involve your MP and take part in the London to Tehran challenge, and where to find all the tools you need to take action. If your group is organising any activities, please let us know by emailing iar@amnesty.org.uk.

East Asia Update

East Asia update, including on The Uyghur Campaign

Online training courses

On the Amnesty Education webpage and Futurelearn: People, Power, and Politics: Influencing Political Decision-Makers on Human Rights

Lead Activists Mandatory Training

New mandatory training for lead activists in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) and Safeguarding - October 25 and November 29, from 5pm to 7.15pm. Sign up here:

https://amnestyuk.wufoo.com/forms/w1ce11q503zio0h/ 

Upcoming Events

Write4Rights (W4R)

Kirstie advised that our Group has had a provisional “yes” from Hillhead Library for 10-12-2022 where our Group will host a W4R event, encouraging members of the public to participate.

Provisionally aiming for 10am - 4pm. We will aim to include stickers, postcards, posters, collection tin, etc for the event. 

Freya had advised that AIUK typically send out W4R packs in early Nov - we have already requested them for our Group. The W4R documents are also available to download from the AIUK website.

Urgent Actions

Merle circulated the most recent Urgent Actions. Everyone within the core group and wider mailing list is encouraged to respond to the Urgent Actions

Belarus: Jailed Activist Subjected To Ill-Treatment

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/jailed-activist-subjected-ill-treatment 

Iran: Iranian LGBTI Defender Sentenced To Death

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/iranian-lgbti-defender-sentenced-death 

Burundi: Lawyer Detained Arbitrarily For Nearly 2-Yrs

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/lawyer-detained-arbitrarily-nearly-2-yrs 

Action Points from this (13th October 2022) Meeting

  • Silvia to do Social Media callout for new volunteers, including IAR
    Case Campaigner 

  • Silvia to freshen up our local Group website

  • Emails: Andrew to send liaise with Rob to send  two emails per month to our local Group membership. (1 with meeting minutes/updates to be sent c. 1 week after monthly meetings; 1 with meeting reminder & local group updates email link to be sent c. 1 week prior to the next monthly meeting). Include paypal account in footer. [bank details to be included just for special events]

  • Write4Rights: Kirstie to confirm event date and use of facilities with Hillhead Library → when confirmed, Andrew to share with Student group & invite/ask to collab on their W4R event

  • Following a recent request received by email*, Andrew* to be interviewed on behalf of the Group by the  Strathclyde journalism student undertaking research on Iran, mentioning our donation & AI's British Nationals in Iran campaign. 

  • Andrew to contact AI's Scotland office to ask if Naomi McAuliffe could talk to a future meeting of our group about how best we can contribute to any campaign work e.g. Human Rights Bill.

  • Claire to contact Interfaith Glasgow and Glasgow Mosque about a joint event in 2023 with the people who were at the Iftar event (on Uyghurs, Palestine, Kashmir) – Israel Apartheid campaign (use AIUK flyer & briefing notes; UN rapporteur's info); could have a more general meeting focus of “Religious Persecution”.

November Meeting

Provisional Items

Provisional list of items to be included indiscussion.  Other suggestions welcomed!

  • Recruit for Community Outreach; Amnesty Scotland/UK Liaison; Press; Welfare & Diversity; Spokesperson 

See this Google Doc 

  • Christine to share advertising posters at next meeting

  • Discuss: Shall we change our name to Glasgow Amnesty /(Note potential issues for Daytime group and Glasgow University Group which we ought to discuss with them) /

  • Write4Rights event planning

  • Begin to develop an outline of the Group's priorities on the 2023 Planner 

  • Facilitator: Any member willing to volunteer to chair the meeting would be appreciated

On Hold

Human Rights Act (UK)

As noted above. It appears that the UK Govt has, at lease temporarily, postoponed progress of its Human Rights Bill (AKA Rights Removal Bill).  Accordingly, the Group agreed to put on hold planned activity in this area until the next steps are clarified.

See 2022 Planned Campaigns for more info 

  • AI petition: https://savetheact.uk/#signup-form
    • share & sign  🡪 social media & newsletter & see Andrew's briefing note for our Group for further info 
  • Potential speakers for future meeting discussion on Human Rights Bill:
    • Amnesty Scottish office 
    • Aamer Anwar (Glasgow-based lawyer)/ /
    • Law Dep at Univ (Silvia)
  • We could also liaise with the AI Scotland office and ask about linking with other AI local groups and broader groups within Scotland that have similar concerns to undertake more co-ordinated action on HRA. 
  • As part of this, it was agreed that the group should consider inputting to the Scottish Government's Human Rights Bill consultation when it is launched (likely sometime in 2023).

Date of Next Meeting

Thursday 10th November 2022, 7.30pm - 9pm.

Woodlands Methodist Church, 229 Woodlands Road, G3 6LW

New Group members welcome!!!

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September 2022 Updates

Thanks to AMG for these updates. If you prefer, you can read the updates as a PDF.

Welcome & Introductions

Present: Merle, Andrew, Claire, Christine

Updates

AIUK Local Groups Mailing

https://email.amnestyuk.org.uk/q/1eXvKtLE92c1kBsW5vToscA/wv

AGM

  • Andrew as secretary/research
  • Merle continues as UAs / mail poster
  • Silvia as Social Media/Events
  • Kirstie mayyyybe as Treasurer ?? (wait for Jim role profile)
  • Claire happy to be Chair until someone else can
  • Christine as New Members Welcomer

GDrive

A shared Gdrive (internal use only) has been made for storing/editing docs in a shared space (e.g. minutes/role profiles): Google Drive link (linked to amnestyglasgow@gmail.com; get password from Claire if needed, but I don't anticipate we will use this email, it's just so we have the Gdrive)

General Agenda Template for Future Meetings

  • local group mailing list updates
  • prisoner of conscience update [if we have one]
  • treasurer's report
  • upcoming events
  • urgent actions - letter writing (agreed this should always happen, nice bonding time)
  • any other business

Action Points

Roles still needed (ideally):

  • Prisoner of Conscience people
  • Community Outreach
  • Amnesty Scotland/UK Liaison
  • Press
  • Welfare&Diversity

Can someone who has done it before make a brief role profile for PoC person?

For the others, I've put a note in the Roles doc (I just think these other roles would be great to have, I know they aren't official “Amnesty group” roles)

File: Roles Document

When we have a role profile for PoC, → fun graphics → social media advertise for these roles [@Silvia and @Freya]

Welcome Document

@Christine to make a Welcome Doc for newbies. Ongoing Ideas to get more members:

  • put Amnesty local group leaflets in libraries with our meeting time/address - @Christine did you say you could get the leaflets/we have them?
  • speak to Student group - @Claire to get student group contact from @Mal
  • for next event: ask AIUK to see on their mailing list who lives in Glasgow and we can give them a text to email them saying “Do you know your local group?” and advertise e.g. W4R event/next speaker

Write4Rights

  • @Andrew to request Write 4 Rights packs (and @Christine - did you say that also?!)
  • @Kirstie will ask Hillhead Library if we can do it on 10/12/22 - Human Rights Day
  • @Claire to contact Daytime group re. collaborating on a Write 4 Rights joint event - we will do ours at Hillhead Library in December; some of us can also support Daytime group at Shawlands

Daytime Group

Also @Claire to contact Daytime group and offer to advertise their meeting time/place through our social media/mailing list. Info from Meredith:

“Daytime group meets on the third Thursday of every month at The Wee Retreat, 2 Myrtle Park, G42 8UQ, from 1 - 3PM. We sign letters and discuss current events. It is 5 minutes from Crosshill rail station with free on street parking and a bus stop outside. Bus number 121 from Allison Street stops here. The meeting takes place in the studio and we have been asked not to wear outdoor shoes. Feel free to bring slippers. We are happy to add you or anyone else to our mailing list.”

Treasurer

Currently £378.51 in the bank. Kirstie might be up for being Treasurer if she knows what is involved. @Jim to make (v brief) role profile. Did Jim find 2 other co-signatories for Coop account?

Misc

  • Central Amnesty/local groups updates email - @Freya/@Mal to help @Claire (and @Andrew?) get on the mailing list
  • @Jim to check re. Stand up at the Stand fundraising night
  • @Andrew to link up with @Rob about monthly emails & decide how best to send out
    • ?? In next email, could we share our bank acc details again for donations (and paypal acc if running and accessible? (Jim?))
    • Could this always be in our emails maybe as a footer, maybe a nice graphic?
  • @Christine to start prepping the mulled wine for our Write4Rights December meeting (08/12/22) :p

Previous Action Points & Updates

Human Rights Act

  • (big thanks to Andrew for researching & presenting!): Planned Campaigns (PDF)
  • AI petition: https://savetheact.uk/#signup-form – share & sign, social media & newsletter @Freya & attach Andrew's briefing note for more info
  • Get speakers for November (??) meeting:
    • Amnesty Scottish office - @Mal can you ask if they have a speaker who could come to speak to us about HRA?
    • ??? - Anwar (Glasgow lawyer) – does anyone have a link? – if not Claire can coldcall
    • Silvia – Law Dep at uni
    • Andrew - Good Law Society
  • @Someone (Andrew?!) write a template pledge about saving the HRA; all to email MPs to make a pledge that they support XXX
  • @Mal – do you have someone in the Scotland office we could ask about linking with other AI local groups within Scotland and with the Scottish AI office to undertake more co-ordinated action on HRA.
  • @All: Think about like-minded organisations locally that have similar concerns relating to the UK Government's proposed amendments to the HRA office to undertake more co-ordinated action.

Patrick Grady Meeting

@Jim to email the Scottish Office about our Patrick Grady meeting

Iftar Follow Up

@Mal is there any update on hosting a meeting with the people who were at the Iftar event (on Uyghurs, Palestine, Kashmir) – could tie this in with Israel Apartheid campaign (there are AIUK flyer & briefing notes; UN rapporteur's info); could have a more general meeting focus of “Religious Persecution”

Next meeting - October 2022

2022-10-13
Facilitator: volunteer ???!

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July 2022 Updates

Many thanks to CL for these updates. You can also read them as a PDF here.

Welcome & Introductions

Amnesty Meeting 2022-07-14

Present: Merle, Jim, Silvia, Andrew, Claire, Neil

Updates

  • Jim: couldn't find anything about Justice for Syria campaign on Amnesty's website, will wait to see

  • Amnesty boxes/resources sorted out in church storeroom – Jim emailed church. Lotsss of paper & envelopes – we need letter writing sessions again!

Action Points

Daytime group

Find out if Daytime group still meeting, when, and offer to advertise their meeting time/place through our social media/mailing list - @Freya/@Mal do you have someone you can ask?

£££

a. @Jim to find 2 other co-signatories for Coop account

b. @Freya In next newletter, share our bank acc details again for donations (and paypal acc if running and accessible) – Could this always be in our emails maybe as a footer, maybe a nice graphic?

Stand Up For Human Rights

@Jim to ask the Stand about doing another Stand up at the Stand fundraising night

Patrick Grady Meeting

@Jim to email the Scottish Office about our Patrick Grady meeting

Human Rights Act

Big thanks to Andrew for researching&presenting!

See: http://email.amnestyuk.org.uk/files/amf_amnesty/project_58/2022_Planned_Campaigns.pdf

  • AI petition: https://savetheact.uk/#signup-form – share & sign → social media & newsletter @Freya & attach Andrew's briefing note for more info

  • Get speakers for September meeting:

    i. Amnesty Scottish office - @Mal can you ask if they have a speaker who could come to speak to us about HRA?

    ii. ??? - Anwar (Glasgow lawyer) – does anyone have a link? – if not Claire can coldcall

    iii. Silvia – Law Dep at uni

    iv. Andrew - Good Law Society

  • @Someone (Andrew?!) write a template pledge about saving the HRA → all to email MPs to make a pledge that they support XXX

  • @Mal – do you have someone in the Scotland office we could ask about linking with other AI local groups within Scotland and with the Scottish AI office to undertake more co-ordinated action on HRA.

  • @All: Think about like-minded organisations locally that have similar concerns relating to the UK Government's proposed amendments to the HRA office to undertake more co-ordinated action.

Iftar Event Follow-Up

@Mal is there any update on hosting a meeting with the people who were at the Iftar event (on Uyghurs, Palestine, Kashmir) – could tie this in with Israel Apartheid campaign (there are AIUK flyer & briefing notes; UN rapporteur's info); could have a more general meeting focus of “Religious Persecution”

Next Meeting: 2022-08-11

Next meeting's facilitator: Freya (people can volunteer each month!)

Next Event

For next event: Ask AIUK to see on their mailing list who lives in Glasgow and we can give them a text to email them saying “Do you know your local group?” and advertise September event

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June 2022 Updates

Thank you to FL for these updates. If you would prefer, you can read them as a PDF.

Welcome & Introductions

Amnesty Meeting 2022-06-09

Attendees:

FL, JG, CA, CL, TP, MR, AM, SS, SN, MJ, HP, IH, JC, AM, KM, NH, S, AJ, AA-B

This month's updates

  • Welcoming Refugees in Glasgow: Ahlam Al-Bashiri and Dr Teresa
    Piacentini

  • Save the Human Rights Act Campaign

  • Local Group Update from AIUK

  • Pride 2022

  • Urgent Actions

Welcoming Refugees in Glasgow: Ahlam Al-Bashiri and Dr Teresa Piacentini

Thanks to Silvia for arranging for Ahlam and Teresa to talk to the group and writing the following bios.

Ahlam Al-Bashiri

Ahlam is a Community development student at the University of Glasgow, and an activist for the rights of people seeking refuge in the UK and Scotland.

She has been active in campaigning for the right to vote for New Scots. In February 2020, the Scottish Parliament passed a new law which extends the right to vote in Scottish elections to people who are over 16 and live in Scotland. This includes everyone with leave to remain, including people with refugee status.

Thanks to Ahlam, and many other people campaigning, refugees could vote in the last Scottish Elections in 2021.

Dr Teresa Piacentini

Teresa is a researcher, teacher and activist, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, at the School of Social and Political Sciences.

The focus of her academic career teaching and research are the experiences of people seeking asylum and refugees in Scotland. Prior to her PhD, she has worked as a community interpreter in the asylum sector and with a range of public sector and third sector agencies.

Teresa's interests lie in the broad field of migration studies covering the various aspects of social, cultural and political life affecting people's experiences of making Scotland their home. She researches and teaches about ‘settlement', belonging and a critical engagement with what we mean by 'integration'.

Ahlam gave us a personal and fascinating talk on her own experiences as a refugee escaping the war in her home country of Yemen. She explained to us the importance of having the right to vote for human dignity and empowerment. Ahlam outlined to us the actions she took in this successful campaign. Her new focus is the Lift the Ban campaign which looks to change the laws prohibiting asylum seekers from working in the UK.

Here are some links with more information on the Lift the Ban Campaign
and how to get involved:

https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/lift-the-ban/

https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/lift-the-ban/

Teresa gave us a fascinating history of the key events and policies regarding the situation for asylum seekers in Glasgow from 2000 when dispersal began to now. She explained the different community responses there have been over this period and what forms of campaigning have been most successful.

Want to find out more? Here are some useful resources:

Solidarity Gathering, George Square, Tuesday 14th June, 6pm

Stop offshore detention to Rwanda!

The Home Office scheduled their first flight to remove to Rwanda people
seeking asylum on 14th June.

Join other members of Glasgow West at this gathering. More information
contact Claire L
(candyclaire@hotmail.com).

Save the Human Rights Act Campaign

Thank you to Andrew for putting together this briefing note on the Human Rights Act Campaign.

/N.B. This paper is a first draft. Any comments, corrections or
suggestions from colleagues within the local AI Group would be very much
welcomed./

Purpose

This paper sets out some of the issues relating to AIUK's ‘/Save the Human Rights Act/' campaign. The purpose is to help focus discussion within the local AI group about potential actions that could be taken to help promote and deliver on this work.

Background on the Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act (HRA) set out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporated into domestic British law the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). 

The ECHR itself was founded in the aftermath of WWII, to help ensure that Governments could never again ‘dehumanise and abuse people's rights with impunity'. The ECHR is an international human rights treaty between the 46 states that are members of the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union).

The HRA came into force in the UK in Oct 2000.

The Act has three main effects:

  1. Citizens can seek justice in a British Court;

  2. Public Bodies are obliged to respect human rights: and

  3. New laws require to be compatible with ECHR rights.

Prior to the HRA, UK citizens could only bring a legal challenge relating to their rights under the ECHR via the European Court of Human Rights. That process is typically lengthy and expensive. The HRA allows the rights guaranteed by the ECHR to be enforced in UK courts, thereby simplifying and improving citizen's access to justice within the UK.

AIUK has set out various examples of how the HRA has helped deliver justice over the past two decades. This includes in areas such as holding police to account for failings at Hillsborough, exposing shortcomings in Inquests relating to avoidable hospital deaths; requiring local authorities to provide essential care services and underpinning the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement.

Recent UK Government Activities relating to the HRA

The UK Government has sought to make a number of changes to the HRA in recent years, which many consider will undermine the duties and safeguards provided by the Act.

Concerns about ‘Human Rights impinging on the rule of law' has been a long-standing issue within some sections of the Conservative Party.

Intentions were set out in a 2014 paper Protecting Human Rights in the UK: The Conservatives’ Proposals for Changing Britain’s Human Rights Laws.

The narrative around this has been couched as replacing the HRA with a
"modern UK Bill of Rights". The Government's 2019 manifesto pledged to:

“… update the Human Rights Act and administrative law to ensure there
is a proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital
national security and effective government.”

The changes proposed by the UK Government have been widely condemned by
a range of commentators. In its response to the UK Government's
consultation regarding the proposed changes to the HRA, the Law Society
(the independent professional body for solicitors) set out the
following:

“While we welcome the government's continued commitment to remaining a
party to the European Convention on Human Rights, we're concerned by the
proposals put forward which fundamentally change the framework of the
Human Rights Act and the protections it provides.

We do not believe there is a case for the sweeping reforms proposed.

We're concerned that the proposed reforms do not recognise the
significant benefits that have been achieved for British society through
the HRA, that is, improving access to justice and upholding the rule of
law.

We believe the proposals will:

  • damage the rule of law

  • prevent access to justice

  • reduce or remove rights

  • lead to more cases being taken to the European Court of Human Rights

  • impact devolution

  • damage the UK's international reputation

  • create legal uncertainty

  • increase costs and complexity"

Concerns raised in the consultation on the draft Bill included those
relating to data laws, privacy, rights of minorities, lack of detailed
impact analysis on the proposed changes, etc.

Separate legislation, such as the Police, Crimes and Sentencing Act 2022' 1 impact on issues such as holding protests. That Act
includes provision for protests to be banned or shut down on the basis
of them being too disruptive or noisy. The UK Government stated that the
new legislation was necessary due to new forms of protest, such as that
carried out by Extinction Rebellion, causing undue disruption. For many,
the right to protest is a seen as inextricably linked with wider human
rights and, it has been pointed out that some of today's accepted rights
only came into being as a result of protestors challenging and breaking
unjust laws.

AIUK Strategic Plan Priorities

The [AIUK Strategic Plan](https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2021-05/STRATEGY 2022-2030.pdf?VersionId=eJ.NKqmhU9vVI0m5_wFCBuc_Ii_MwL3q) 2022-30 includes Priority Issue 4 ‘Human Rights Frameworks'.

“Human rights frameworks are the bodies of law and standards that
describe our human rights, support their respect, protection and
fulfilment and offer access to remedy for abuses – in the UK and
globally. These protections are under significant threat and such
threats require us to be vigilant against attempts to dilute our rights
through amendment or scrapping of existing laws and to the introduction
of new laws that erode existing rights.

In the next strategic period, we will actively challenge the narrative
that seeks to undermine human rights protections at home and abroad.”

(AIUK Strategic Plan 2022-30, p.7)

AIUK also set out a summary of the key benefits that the HRA brings to the UK.

Potential Actions for local AI group

The undernoted are some initial ideas for potential actions that the
local AI Group might take to support AIUK's ‘Save the HRA' campaign.

  1. Improve awareness and understanding of the issues by group members reading information on the HRA and the potential implications of the current UK Government's changes, discussing these within the local group and considering useful actions that could be taken.

    (Linked to point 1., The Good Law Project is hosting a free online discussion event ‘Is the UK Shutting Down Dissent: Protest in the New Age of Policing Powers' with an interesting range of key speakers on Weds 15th June @ 5pm-6pm )

  2. Sign the AIUK petition to save the HRA: (https://savetheact.uk/#signup-form)

  3. Disseminate information on the changes proposed by the UK Government to the HRA and encourage others to sign the petition, e.g. via social media, etc.

  4. Link with other AI local groups within Scotland and with the Scottish AI office to undertake more co-ordinated action.

  5. Link with other like-minded organisations locally that have similar concerns relating to the UK Government's proposed amendments to the HRA office to undertake more co-ordinated action.

  6. Other potential actions? – to be discussed by local group

Conclusion / Recommendation

This short paper has attempted to summarise the context, main issues and
potential actions for the local group relating to AIUK's HRA ‘Save the
Act' campaign.

The local AI Group is asked to:

  • Consider the issues raised within the paper and discuss whether this area ought to be a priority action area for the local group; and

  • If so, to agree, prioritise and schedule actions that the local group will undertake.

Selected References and Links for Further Information

AIUK, Briefing on the European Convention on Human Rights, 2018.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/what-is-the-european-convention-on-human-rights

AIUK dedicated website relating to AIUK's HRA ‘/Save the Act'/
campaign

https://savetheact.uk/about/

AIUK, 8 Reasons Why the HRA makes the UK a Better Place', 2020

EHRC, website of the Equality & Human Rights Commission, including
information on the rights covered by the HRA, the work of the EHRC, etc.

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights/human-rights-act

The Guardian, 3/10/14, 'Conservatives plan to scrap Human Rights Act',

The Guardian, 10/5/15 Michael Gove to proceed with Tories' plans to scrap human rights act

Good Law Project, Briefing on the Police, Crimes and Sentencing Bill
(The short article also includes a link to the detailed legal advice
obtained by the GLP
), 2021.

https://goodlawproject.org/news/return-of-the-policing-bill/

Liberty, ‘Right to Protest',

https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/right/right-to-protest/

UK Government, Protest Powers: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, May 2022

Local Group Update from AIUK

Please follow the link to read the latest Local Groups Update:

http://email.amnestyuk.org.uk/q/1eWABBv7DfY4wYeK6l7YDGP/wv

Issues covered in this month's mailing:

  • Human Rights and Social Justice Film Night + Q&A organised by the Kingston and District Amnesty groups (recorded and available to watch online).

  • Standing against the government's Rwanda policy

  • Real Lives Magazine supplement available to read here.

  • Local group fundraising update

  • Upcoming online Amnesty UK events

  • Save the date: National Conference - Saturday 5 November 2022

  • Obituary for Amnesty member Denis Newbury and congratulations to Bob Dewick (marked 40 years as Group Secretary to the Bognor Regis, Chichester & District Group)

  • Refugee Week events

  • Amnesty UK campaign updates

  • New film on the campaign to ban killer robots (fully autonomous weapons systems)

Amnesty AGM and National Conference 2022

If you're a paid member of Amnesty International, you should have received information in the post regarding how to attend the online AGM and vote on the resolutions. The local group also has the right to vote. Please complete this poll (https://forms.gle/QVUvT4GgwUtLC4e1A) by Sunday 19th June and group secretary, Freya, will submit our votes by majority decision.

Pride 2022

Glasgow Pride March – June 25th – More info: https://www.facebook.com/prideglasgow

There will also be another Mardi Gla pride march on July 16th and Pride Hub on the 16th and 17th July - https://www.facebook.com/mardigla

Urgent Actions

Thank you to MR for sharing these urgent actions.

Colombia: Protect Environmental Defenders At Risk

On May 31st, four environmental defenders from the organization Federation of Santander Fishers for Tourism and Environment (FEDEPESAN) were victims of an attack with firearms by unknown people while assessing possible environmental harm in the Magdalena Medio region, an extensive inter-Andean valley in the central part of Colombia formed by the Magdalena River. We urge the Ministry of Interior to adopt immediate measures to guarantee the life and right to defend human rights of members of FEDEPESAN.

https://tinyurl.com/ua-colombia

Maldives: Maldivian Activist Faces Jail For Blasphemy

Mohamed Rusthum Mujuthaba, 39, a Maldivian religious freedom and human rights activist, faces five months in prison, if convicted, on charges of blasphemy. Accused of posting blasphemous contents on social media, he was detained for more than six months without trial under the Maldives' Penal Code, in violation of international human rights law. The Maldivian authorities must immediately drop the charges against Mohamed Rusthum Mujuthaba.

https://tinyurl.com/ua-maldives

You can download the full PDF or click Take Action at the top of the page for a link to a pre-prepared email/letter action.

Keep checking the Urgent Actions sites for actions you can take from your home:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions

Next meeting

Thursday 14th July, Woodlands Methodist Church, Woodlands Road, 7.30pm. Full details on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/3eCBxbarN

Please contact Freya (freya_lyte@hotmail.co.uk) with any questions.

Footnotes

1 Whilst some of the legislative changes referred to do not relate specifically to Scotland, it is frequently the case that individuals and groups within Scotland will wish to protest on matters reserved to the UK Parliament, take part in protests held, for example, in London, etc.

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May 2022 Updates

Thank you to CL for thse updates. If you prefer, you can read them in PDF format.

Welcome & Introductions

Amnesty Meeting 12.05.22

Present: Merle, Lisa, Jim, Silvia, Andrew, Claire

Upcoming Events

  1. 24.05.22 – AIUK online training on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – @Claire attend and feedback

  2. 04.06.22 – Tiananmen Square Vigil, Edinburgh (@Mal who can we ask for more details?)

  3. 20.06.22-20.06.22 – Refugee Week, theme is “Healing” – see below

  4. 22.06.22 – AI Secretariat (international) will launch Right to Protest flagship campaign. In the UK, it will launch locally in Autumn 2022.

  5. 23.06.22: We need to have voted on AIUK's AGM resolutions by 23.06.. Did @Freya get a voting form for our group?

  6. 25.06.22: AIUK AGM, 10am-6pm, in London and online

Action Points

Context: AIUK Planned Campaigns for 2022

  1. Can AIUK see on their mailing list who lives in Glasgow and we
    can give them a text to email them saying “Do you know your local
    group?” @Mal?

  2. Follow-up on hosting a meeting with the people who were at the Iftar event (on Uyghurs, Palestine, Kashmir) – could tie this in with Israel Apartheid campaign (there are AIUK flyer & briefing notes; UN rapporteur's info); could have a more general meeting focus of “Religious Persecution” - @Mal has there been any chat from the Iftar attendees?

  3. Justice for Syria - @Jim will research, see if there are specific actions we as a group could take

  4. Save the Human Rights Act @Andrew will research, see if there are specific actions we as a group could take

  5. Refugee Week – @Silvia will ask her colleagues/contacts if someone can come as a speaker for the June meeting (09.06.22) to tell us what we can do to be most effective. @Silvia to (hopefully!) confirm by 20.05.22 🡪@Freya advertise everywhere w/c 23.05.22!

    1. @Mal (supported by @Lisa if needed) What are Glasgow Amnesty's links to the Edinburgh office? Can we email them asking how we can help them with upcoming events (way-in with Refugee Week?). Is there to be a photo action in George Square?!

    2. What other local events can we get involved in during Refugee Week – do we have links to other organisations' events and can offer to have a stall @Mal?

    3. Borders Bill: passed on 27.04.22. 🡪 @All - see letter template to be sent to MPs about the Rwanda part of it - Borders Bill Info.

Other focus areas for AIUK

Homelessness: We agreed not to focus on Homelessness as there are other groups who are focussing on it and are experts, but perhaps we could reshare their posts on Social Media, e.g. Positive Action in Housing / Shelter.

Ukraine: no one had specific ideas/thoughts on actions. AI's actions:

Right to Protest: no one had specific ideas/thoughts – maybe we wait until AI's campaign starts to focus on this? (although depends on Westminster too…)

Next Meeting: 2022-06-09

June Meeting, Thurs 9th June, 7.30pm: Welcoming Refugees in Glasgow

Our June meeting is going to be special as we have two guest speakers coming to talk to the group. In honour of Refugee Week, which takes place later on in June, we will be using our monthly meeting to find out more about the lived experience of refugees here in Glasgow and what we can do as activists to support them and campaign for their rights.

Our two expert speakers are:

  1. Dr Teresa Piacentini - Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Teresa has a research interest in the experiences of people seeking asylum and refugees in Scotland.

  2. Ahlam Al-Bashiri - Campaigner on refugee voting rights in Scotland. Ahlam works with Saheliya Organisation. Ahlam was a Yemeni diplomat and she is co- founder of To Yemen With Love, an initiative to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis and the war in Yemen, and to highlight Yemeni culture and traditions in Scotland.

Join us on Thursday at our usual meeting venue (Woodlands Methodist Church) at 7.30pm. Friends and family very welcome too as we'd like a large turnout for Teresa and Ahlam. Facebook event here:

https://facebook.com/events/s/welcoming-refugees-in-glasgow/419423016415808/