Please join the Amnesty regional conference
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.
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: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/cambridge/regional-amnesty-conference-our-rights-todays-climate
Please book your place for this conference at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/463852
. 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.
Liesbeth ten Ham
Regional Representative East Anglia
For a full listing of all the Cambridge City group's events, please visit http://amnestycambridgecity.eventbrite.co.uk/