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February Meeting Notes

At our meeting on Thursday we watched talks from the Big Debate, including an impressive and inspiring summary of the current position on human rights by Professor Conor Gearty, and an equally illuminating talk on the challenge of fundamentalism to human rights, by Cassandra Balchin. We heard an update from Liz Kelly about the Regional Conference, and Ed gave an update on campaign planning against forced eviction in respect to Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities.We also learned about a number of current Amnesty campaigns, and these have actions that we can all follow - most taking just a few minutes. They are summarised below:

  1. Afghanistan and Women's Human Rights - aiming to ensure UK backing for Afghan women's rights within any peace settlement. This focused on lobbying William Hague, Alistair Burt and local MPs. The campaign continues, ahead of key conferences this year. To learn about the campaign, see here.
  2. Crisis and Transition in the Middle East and North Africa - information on Amnesty's work in the region is here and here. This includes monitoring the use of military trials of civilians in Egypt, and a current action to rein in the armed militias in Libya.
  3. Supporting the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), members of which have repeatedly been arrested and detained for peacefully protesting against the social, economic and human rights situation in the country. Send a rose to the Zimbabwean Embassy in London, and write to the Zimbabwean Deputy Commissioner-General to respect the rights of WOZA activists.


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