Freshers’ Squash

Our Freshers’ Squash is an introduction to CUAI’s work—meet the members and the Committee, find out about our exciting plans for Michaelmas, and see what ways you’d like to be involved.

You’ll be able to write some urgent action letters, and suggest ideas for fundraisers and discussions in the upcoming term, as well as meet new people!

Latimer Room, Clare College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TL

Giulio Regeni and Egypt’s Disappeared

Giulio Regeni was a Cambridge student studying in Egypt who was brutally tortured and murdered. Amnesty International, and local human rights organisations have brought attention to the role of of Egyptian security forces in hundreds of cases of forced disappearances.

In collaboration with the Egypt Solidarity Initiative, and Amnesty International Cambridge City group, who organised the talk, we invite you to join us in discussing the future of the Truth for Giulio Campaign.

Speakers include Dr John Chalcraft, LSE, and a representative from Amnesty International.

The meeting will open with a short piece of music composed especially by Ben Adams, in memory of Giulio Regeni.

John Chalcraft is an Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/ Imperialism at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previous posts include a Lectureship at the University of Edinburgh and a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. His research focuses on history and politics ‘from below’ in the modern Middle East and North Africa. He has worked on popular protest, low-skilled labour migration, survivalist enterprise, and labour, with special reference to Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, and increasingly to the GCC countries and North Africa. His most recent book is Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is currently working on transnational advocacy and activism with reference to migrant labour rights in the GCC, Palestinian rights in Israel/Palestine, and citizenship rights in Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia.

From Downing College to Downing Street!

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Downing Bar to sew together the calico petitions we collected during the Cage Campaign!

We collaborated with Aydua, an amazing group of Cambridge students who sell incredible embroidered clothing, and create protest art. We’ll now send this amazing petition to 10 Downing Street, asking Teresa May to condemn the use of torture, and condemn Donald Trump’s open support for torture. We estimated that we collected approximately 600-700 signatures, although there are so many it is difficult to count!