AIUK Conference

ARRIVAL

A warm welcome at Swansea Station and efficient bus transfer to Swansea Bay Campus. I arrived in time for an excellent Buffet Lunch, which catered for all. (Halal, Vegan and Vegetarian).

The conference was opened by Sahd Ghatti, who lit the Amnesty Candle and addressed us all with an inspiring account of AI activities.

The audience consisted of all age groups. There were many students in the audience, which I found inspiring.

We got straight down to business and we heard an encouraging report on activities and achievements in 2017 and a positive assessment of our finances.

There were then Workshops.

I attended ‘I Welcome Refugees’. I thought this to be the most rewarding considering our local activities. I met Helen who is on the committee of Reading AI and she was very enthusiastic about High Wycombe and Reading keeping contact and she offered to send us their monthly EMail Newsletter. I accepted this on our behalf.

The second workshop was on Brexit and was most informative about what AI are doing to monitor the present Governments transitory arrangements and how it affects Human Rights legislation

There was a lot of business to get through on Sunday with various Resolutions affecting the constitution. One of which was about having Hybrid  meetings to allow executive members from remote areas of UK to take part in meetings using  on line facilities, thus enabling a more economic yearly expense on executive meetings.

Resolutions from the membership were all examined on the previous day by working parties and then presented in their final form on Sunday.

Resolutions passed included

  • Homelessness in UK. There was much discussion on whether this comes within the remit of AI,
  • Human Rights and International Trade
  • Freedom of religious expression
  • The right of UK citizens to live in the UK with spouse or partner from outside of UK
  • To ask AI to lobby the UK Government to include implement the inclusion of discrimination of Caste in Equality Act
  • The Right of Self Determination of the People of West Papua.This resolution was recommended for rejection by the working party and it was the only resolution that ‘Fell’.I was surprised and I am sure there is much to learn ‘behind the scenes’ notwithstanding the fact that AI has an office in Jakarta!

CONCLUSION

A very successful weekend. Wonderful to see so many young people. The organisation was very good and the social aspects of meeting areas in the breaks and the excellent food all contributed to a rewarding experience.

Nadia Ellis

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