Minutes of Group Meeting December 14th 2015
Attending: Carolyn, Paul, Leo, Pearse, Beatrice
Apologies: Grainne, Liz, Paddy.
Welcome: Carolyn welcomed the group.
Minutes: November 2015 meeting minutes were noted.
Feedback on recent events:
U2 concert – 6 volunteers attended & a large number of Syria petitions were signed.
Group meal – group advised this was a very pleasant evening.
Houses of Parliament Human Rights Day event – local group members were invited to attend this event & encourage their MP to attend. It was attended by Paul & Carolyn. Paul had emailed MPs Nigel Dodds & Alastair McDonnell but neither attended. Mark Durkin did attend. Speakers included Jeremy Corbyn. Paul & Carolyn advised this was a positive, interesting event to attend.
Write for Rights – everyone agreed this was a big success. Approx 150 solidarity cards & 90 letters were written. Carolyn thanked Beatrice for the preparatory work.
Chinese IAR Ablikim Abdiriyim who campaigned for the rights of Uighur people in China has been released.
Indonesian IAR Filep Karma has been released. Paul, who did a lot of work on this case, was congratulated.
Stop Torture campaign – UK government has agreed to support controls on torture equipment.
Group flyer: - designed by Carolyn & Heiko – this was very positively received by the group – no amendments suggested. Thanks to Carolyn & Heiko.
Check list for planning events – this was compiled by Claudia & was approved. Thanks to Claudia.
Dealing with potentially difficult questions. Claudia advised she’d been asked about AI’s stance on Palestine/Israel, Carolyn advised she’d been asked about AI’s Human Rights passport. So this raised the subject of how group members deal with difficult questions. We discussed whether we should compile a list of potentially difficult questions – this will be discussed further.
Action of the Month:
Iranian IAR Atena Farghadani – letters signed. Beatrice to send the petition to the mailing list.
Saudi Arabian IAR Waleed al-Khair – cards signed
Defend the Human Rights Act – cards signed.
Regional Conference is 6th February. Grainne is organising the venue at Queens University Belfast. More details to follow.
AIUK Conference/AGM 9th & 10th April in Nottingham. Beatrice will send details to mailing list.
January meeting speaker - Claudia is organising a speaker from Marie Stopes centre.
Pearse advised the group has to decide the amount of it’s annual donation to AIUK. It was decided the group would forward £1000.