This term Cambridge University Amnesty International are focusing on an extremely important human rights issue that often does not receive enough attention: disability rights . Through this term we will be discussing human rights issues related to disabilities, listening to some incredible speakers, and fundraising for Amnesty International UK in order to support their campaigns and work.
There will be weekly meetings for the first four weeks of term. On 2nd May join us for Jamnesty, our music fundraiser looks set to be better than ever this term with exciting new acts and venue. After the exams we will be hosting Amnestea; our annual tea party to raise money for Amnesty and celebrate the end of the year. Further details to follow.
Do you want to get more involved in Amnesty, or make a difference in your college?
CUAI are looking for college reps for Michaelmas and Lent 2017-2018. With the support of college reps coordinator Molly Hales, you will set up weekly letter writing sessions in your college, as well as termly fundraising events, and get involved in CUAI’s termly campaigns.
Being a college rep for CUAI is a great way to get involved in human rights and feel like you’re doing something useful, whilst also giving you the freedom to make as much of the role as you want to.
To find out more, or to let us know that your interested comment below, or email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of our members were lucky enough to go to the 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights on the 18th May! The conference focused on the state of Human Rights in North Korea currently, and on finding solutions for improving human rights.
Attending were the the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, and the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea will co-host the 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights. The conference brought together policy makers, UN representatives, politicians, North Korean exiles, academics, and members of the public. Topics of dicussion included media access in North Korea, children’s rights, and accountability.
Our chair Laura Bates, was able to attend, and took some interesting notes at the conference:
Seminar 1: Media Access
many people have Chinese phones
peer to pear sharing of information
USB, DVD etc
foreign radio is key to establishing human rights
broadcasted from South Korea
we need to pay attention to content and language
needs to feel relevant and familiar
incredibly low levels of internet access
even elites only have intranet access
we should look at who is providing blocking software
some are produced in the EU
could be interesting to try broadcasting satellite internet from the border
see if Chinese phones can connect
North Korea has produced many of the best hackers
possibly responsible for the NHS attack
GCHQ has looked into offensive attacks
very small numbers use intranet so there is not much point
perhaps look at spreading false information?
psychological effects of censorship
people don’t know what they think because they can’t discuss
North Koreans are very keen to know what other people about the leadership
if North Korea falls it will be due to a elite coup
so we should focus on them because they are easier to access
foreign attempts to access North Korea
BBC is starting a broadcast in September
US may pass a law to fund media access
leaflet dropping used to happen from South Korea
but 2004 was banned by the government
but it’s getting harder due to threats of missile attacks
exiles say it is incredibly effective
experiences of exile
she watched South Korean movies and US dramas
she owned a Chinese cell phone
to stay in touch with her mother in China
media exposure made leaving less unimaginable
why is media access significant?
media is not a silver bullet
but effect on individuals can become collective action
media sharing creates horizontal bonds
preference falsification – why revolutions erupt so quickly
everyone keeps private thoughts of dissent
but only once other people voice them do people suddenly express them
We are thrilled to present our Term Card for Easter 2017! We have some amazing events lined up for the coming weeks including a debate on Divestment in collaboration with the Cambridge Zero Carbon Society, and our ever popular Jamnesty!
We are proud to announce that Cambridge University Amnesty International will be supporting the Women’s Environmental Network.
Here at Cambridge University Amnesty International we would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who voted in our poll to decide which charitable organisation we will be supporting in Easter Term 2017. The Women’s Environmental Network are the only UK organisation that consistently link the right’s of women, and women’s wellbeing with environmental issues such as global warming, and production practices. They work for ‘environmental justice through feminist principles’, and consider how not only are women more affected by environmental issues, but are less involved in creating solutions for environmental solutions.
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!