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.
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!
In late 2015, CUAI launched a project to campaign to keep the Human Rights Act in response to government plans to change or scrap it. We decided to try to raise awareness of the articles included in the Human Rights Act through audio-visual media, and bring together student groups from across the country in a collaborative effort in the process. The finished projects will be released on social media when the government consultation on the HRA is announced in 2016.
So far, the project has been very successful with Amnesty International student groups from Durham University, the University of Sussex, the University of Sheffield and the University of Edinburgh all having joined the project. Everyone so far has made fabulous contributions through photo and video campaigns (still top secret!), and in Lent term 2016, we plan to put together a Quiz about the Human Rights Act in the hope of raising even more awareness and getting people talking about what the Human Rights Act really means!