Amnesty Minutes 10th June 2013
Minutes of Amnesty International Medway Group June 10th 2013
Present: Mary Smith, Carol Gravestock, Ian Gray, Rosemary Osgood
Apologies: Ted Wilcox
Correspondence: Zimbabwe action on the 2013 elections – members of group signed postcards to be to sent to Jacob Zuma (President) via AI activism team more leaflets will be ordered – see campaign on website
AIUK sent update – in brief the next International Council Meeting will take place in Berlin 18 – 24th August – delegation of 6 from AIUK – two resolutions being taken to the meeting. One on Sport and Human Rights and the other on restricted fundraising. In addition emergency resolutions on finance and accountability. Please see www.amnesty.org.uk/uplaods/documents/doc23198pdf for further information
Leaflet on Amnesty International 2013 pamphlet to be obtained for the group – this is a summary of rights and abuses and triumphs of the year.
Treasurer’s report and fund-raising
Balance of £ 568.00 Ian reported there were £ 11.50 in donations from the Dickens Fair
Street Collection is on the 20th July in Rochester – please spare some time to help from 10am
Reports on CAPS
Poverty and Human Rights Campaign
Report on Death Penalty actions
Mary Smith asked for more names for DP actions
Report on Action File
None but discussion on whether to take on a new case – Ian to investigate further
Action from AIUK
Individual at Risk is Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Dheeb in Bahrain - former President of Bahrain Teacher’s Association has been sentenced to 10 years in prison – this was his call for a strike for teachers - letters to be sent to Bahrain Ambassador – see www.amnesty.org.uk/groups for further information and to take action
Any other business: Dickens Festival saw many signatures for the Afghanistan Women’s network and gave us the opportunity to highlight what we do.
Date of next meeting: 8th July 2013.