Success at UK Annual Conference

Amnesty Canterbury proposed two resolutions at this year’s Amnesty UK conference – both of which were passed overwhelmingly by the delegates.

We congratulates our delegates, Arthur Davies, Cecile Remy and Abby Tuxworth-Grant on their success.

The first resolution called for Amnesty to increase its focus on getting the USA to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and release or give a fair trial to the remaining 155 inmates.

The second resolution called for a review of the Secret Policeman’s Ball fundraising event, which recently lost a substantial amount of money and containted content that seemed to go against the ideals Amnesty International promotes.

The two resolutions are given below:

B3 Guantanamo
Proposer: Canterbury Local Group
The AGM instructs the board to: Increase AIUK’s focus on Guantanamo Bay. In spite of the strenuous efforts made by Amnesty and all other human rights organisations the camp remains open – it is an abomination and a stain on the face of the civilized world.
Twelve years on 155 detainees still remain in Guantanamo, outside the American judicial system and without the protection of the Geneva Convention. A change of approach is needed, Amnesty must be prepared to bring the truth to light and expose the British and American people to the appalling abuses of human rights that have been carried out in our names by our governments.
After 9/11 the Americans had the sympathy of the whole world, but the existence of Guantanamo has caused incalculable damage to the United States. Rendition and ill-treatment at black sites run by the CIA all over the world, plus, the secret prison at Bagram Air Base (declared “worse than Guantanamo” by the International Red Cross) compound the human rights abuses at Guantanamo.
Not one detainee has been charged with anything or offered a fair trial. Enough is enough.

D1 Secret Policeman’s Ball
Proposer: Canterbury Local Group
The AGM instructs the board to:
– Ensure the management response to the SPB evaluation is implemented.
– Involve grass roots campaigners, youth, student, local etc. in the development of thinking on the future of SPB.
– Ensure that these findings are made available by the AGM 2015.

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