This conference will explore the threats to and the connection between environmental and human rights and will focus on how activists can make a difference.
Dear <<First Name>>,

Please join the Amnesty regional conference in Cambridge on 23rd March entitled "Our Rights in Today's Climate". The conference will explore the threats to and the connection between environmental and human rights and will focus on how activists can make a difference.  

Climate change is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. Extreme weather-related disasters and rising seas will destroy homes and ruin people’s ability to earn a living. The link between environmental rights and human rights is not new. In the last decades Amnesty has campaigned for justice for many environmental activists and for communities such as those affected by the oil spills in the Niger delta.

Keynote speaker Dr Damien Short will look at a range of the above issues, from consumption patterns to the growing threats to environmental human rights defenders. As the Director of the Human Rights Consortium of the University of London he has done extensive research with regards to the anti-fracking movement in the UK. Finding evidence of police violence and "arrest quotas", he has argued that fracking development poses a significant risk to a range of key human rights.

The keynote speech with be followed by workshops looking at the rights of indigenous people in India and Bangladesh, Amnesty’s policy on climate change, women’s rights and the environment and the effect of industrial and agricultural changes in Brazil and its impact on the human rights of civil society.

After lunch a second set of workshops will focus on campaigning: creative activism, writing, fundraising and self-care for activists.

Also in the UK fundamental rights are in jeopardy, from Brexit to hate crime and the Human Rights Act. Freedom to protest is at risk as evidenced by Dr Short’s work with the anti-fracking movement and even more so with the recent conviction under terrorism-related legislation of the Stansted 15. Although they have been spared jail, their actions -preventing a deportation flight from leaving- at no point harmed anyone. As such they have been convicted of an offence which doesn’t fit their actions.

We are honoured that Edward Thacker of the Stansted 15 will speak at the afternoon panel entitled “Human Rights under threat: do we need a new playbook?”. He will be joined by three other experts in the field of environmental and human rights, both in the UK and abroad.

Full conference details are available here:

Please book your place for this conference at . Tickets are £8.25 for the whole day (incl lunch) and £3.30 for either the morning or the afternoon. The conference starts 10:30am at and finishes at 4pm. Young people aged 14-17 are very welcome to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 23rd March.

Best wishes,

Liesbeth ten Ham
Regional Representative East Anglia

For a full listing of all the Cambridge City group's events, please visit

On Monday 4 March the Australian High Commissioner George Brandis and the former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be visiting Cambridge to attend a gala dinner. Both men have been instrumental in the illegal detention of thousands of asylum seekers in offshore detention camps on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea and Nauru. They are held in horrendous conditions, described by the UN Committee Against Torture as amounting to “cruel, inhuman, and unlawful” punishment.

In honour of this visit, we will be holding a public read-in of the prize-winning book "No Friend but the Mountans" written by one of the detainees on Manus Island, Behrouz Boochani. This book was written by Boochani on his mobile phone while he was imprisoned by the PNG paramilitary and later released without charge. The book has since won the Victorian Prize for Literature as well as the Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction. Boochani remains imprisoned on Manus Island.

Readings will be given by members of Amnesty International Cambridge City Group, Refugee Life boat, senior academics of the university and student refugee activists.

Meet out the front of Queens' College porters lodge at 5:45pm on Silver Street. Details can also be found here.

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