Dear colleagues

 

On behalf of the Board, allow me to wish you a very happy New Year.

Dear Colleagues,

This is my first letter to you since Amnesty’s 2017 International Council Meeting. The ICM is the movement’s highest decision-making body. It’s the pinnacle of Amnesty International’s global governance system and, until now, has taken place every two years. I was pleased to lead a delegation that also included your Treasurer, Meredith Coombs, fellow Board member Tom Sparks, Kate (our Director), Tim Hancock (Director of the Chief Executive’s Office) and Patrick Corrigan (who heads AIUK’s Nations & Regions Team from our Belfast office). 

Chair's letter - January 2017

January 2017

Dear Colleagues

As I’m writing this, people are being taken off planes to the USA to be detained and questioned. Muslims who hold green cards are stranded abroad and divided from their families. People who had asylum applications accepted are being turned away because of their country of origin. On Holocaust Memorial Day, the new American administration banned immigration (or even transit) of people largely because of their religion.

Dear colleagues

I’m sorry for the long gap since my last email in March. It’s been a busy few months, with the AGM and National Conference, two Board meetings and, as I write, we’re less than a month away from the International Council Meeting, the highest decision-making meeting of the global movement. 

Dear colleagues,

The Annual General Meeting is nearly upon us and I look forward to seeing lots of you at this year’s event. It’s taking place in Nottingham over the weekend of 8-9 April. If you want to find out more, or if you can’t attend and want to vote by proxy then please click on the links in our web page.

I’m writing to let you know about two new things that we’re trying this year. 

Dear Colleagues

I would like to begin by expressing my deep thanks to Sarah O’Grady for everything she has contributed Amnesty International UK during her time on the Section’s Board. Succeeding Sarah as Chair is quite a daunting prospect but I’m grateful to my fellow Board members for entrusting me with that role. I’m really pleased that Hannah Perry will be alongside me, having been elected as Vice-Chair.

Dear Colleagues,

As I prepare to officially hand over as Chair of AIUK Section, I want to thank all of you for the tremendous support you have shown to Amnesty International and for your dedication and passion for achieving human rights change during my six years on the Board of Amnesty International UK Section.

Chair's letter - March 2016

Dear colleagues,

February brought us welcome news. Albert Woodfox is free. He has finally been released from his jail in Louisiana, after spending more than four decades in solitary confinement and despite his conviction being repeatedly overturned. This was an injustice that persisted for far too long and I am grateful to everyone in AIUK who took action on Albert’s behalf and contributed to this fantastic but long-delayed outcome.

Dear colleagues 

‘Tis the season for Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign and I would like to thank everyone who is participating in the campaign and helping others to take action. All around the world, millions of cards, letters and signatures are being gathered to send appeals and messages of solidarity on behalf of individuals at risk. We can be proud of our contribution from the United Kingdom and we know from past experience that your actions will have a real impact on people’s lives. 

Chair's Letter on behalf of Amnesty UK's 2015 ICM Delegation

Dear Colleagues

In Dublin, on 7 - 11 August, delegates from Amnesty UK joined representatives from other Sections and Structures, International members, the International Board and International Secretariat staff for Amnesty International’s 2015 International Council Meeting. We will shortly be producing a full delegate report, but in the meantime I wanted to send you a short note on some of the key points.

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