Letter writing this Wednesday and Talk on Human Rights in China this Thursday

Dear Friend

Lots going on this week and this month.

On Wednesday please join th
e letterwriting meeting at CB2 focussing on urgent actions anti-death penalty cases. It doesn't matter if you have written letters before or if this will be the first time you write an Amnesty letter. Everything will be there, including friendly help and support. 

The following day, on Thursday 7th November, please come to listen to Tiffany Jenkins, AIUK country co-ordinator for China. She will give a
talk at the Jesus Lane Friends' Meeting House, 7.45pm on Human Rights in China and AIUK's campaigning on the issues. After the talk the group's campaigns will take centre stage with action planning and letter signing, as well as a little bit of fundraising with among other things cakes and books.

Below you can find more information about the above events, as well as details of the other diary dates of the Cambridge City Group, such as Saturday 16th November's
 market stall,  and information about two other events, Ice and Fire's Asylum Monologue on Tuesday 5th November and a Cambridge Law Lecture by Professor John Spencer on People-Trafficking on Thursday 28th November. 

In case you would like to eat and cook for Human Rights, I can thoroughly recommend the cookbook produced by the Ely Amnesty group. This terrific collection of 44 delicious recipes is beautifully illustrated and makes a perfect Christmas gift. Details of how to get your copy are also below. 

I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

Liesbeth ten Ham
Amnesty International Cambridge City Group

Ely Amnesty Recipe Book

Four members of the Ely Amnesty group - Sally, Barbara, Colin and Claire - collaborated earlier this year to produce a book of international recipes to raise funds for Amnesty. The book, which has been professionally printed by Burwell Press, contains 44 delicious recipes from every continent, including some unusual ones from countries such as Iraq, Russia, Sicily and Finland, and is illustrated with Barbara’s pen and ink drawings. Chefs Claudia Roden and Guy Harrington contributed recipes, and the stunning front cover photograph was taken by Jason Bell who has just photographed the christening of Prince George. The book costs just £6 (or £7.50 with postage & packing). It would make a delightful Christmas present and it can be bought:
- by e-mailing
- from Barbara’s website


Diary Dates


Wednesday 6th November, 7.30-9.00pm

Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre)  

Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting focus on urgent actions and anti-death penalty

Get involved: Write letters to and on on behalf of individuals at risk, especially with regards to anti-death penalty as well as for individuals who are in immediate danger of serious abuse.  By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change.  Newcomers are welcome - no previous letter writing experience required! Information, writing paper and envelopes supplied. You are welcome to bring and pass on information about cases you are particularly interested in.
Contact: Graham Hart, 

Thursday 7th November, 7.45pm

Jesus Lane Friends' meeting HouseCB5 8BA

Cambridge City Group Monthly meeting: Talk by Tiffany Jenkins on Human Rights in China

Tiffany Jenkins, AIUK's country co-ordinator for China will talk about human rights in the country in general as well as AIUK's campaigning activities on the region. According to Amnesty's annual report 2013 the Chinese authorities maintain a stranglehold on political activists, human rights defenders and online activists, subjecting many to harassment, intimidation, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. Access to justice remained elusive for many, resulting in millions of people petitioning the government to complain of injustices and seek redress outside the formal legal system. Muslims, Buddhists and Christians, who practised their religion outside officially sanctioned channels, and Falun Gong practitioners, were tortured, harassed, arbitrarily detained, imprisoned and faced other serious restrictions on their right to freedom of religion. The authorities reported that they would further tighten the judicial process in death penalty cases; however thousands were executed.

After the talk there will be a AI campaigns meeting. Discussions will be held about actions for the several campaigns that the Cambridge City Group is involved in and there will be letters for signing.There will also be a fundraising with cakes, home produce (grapes) and books for sale as part of Liesbeth ten Ham's half marathon challenge. More information or to give directly, . 
Contact: Liesbeth ten Ham,


Saturday 16th November,  from 2-4.30pm 

Market Square, in front of the Guildhall

Market Stall

Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.
Contact: Evvy Edwards,

Thursday 12th December, 7.30 for 7.45pm
Jesus Lane Friends' meeting House

Cambridge City Group Monthly meeting

Come and join the Cambridge City group in the "Write for Rights" Campaign. Send a personal message to one or more of the individuals and communities that feature in this year’s Write for Rights campaign.  It is such a simple thing to writ a postcard or post a letter, but it can mean all the difference to a prisoner in a lonely cell or to a family hoping for the return of a loved one. More information about the campaign can be found here.
Please bring refreshments or snacks and suitable cards.
Contact: Liesbeth ten Ham, 

Saturday 14th December,  from 2-4.30pm 

Market Square, in front of the Guildhall

Market Stall

Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk. This month the stall will have greeting cards for signing as part of the "Write for Rights" campaign.  
Contact: Evvy Edwards,

Events that you may be interested in organised by other organisations 

Tuesday 5th November

7,30pm Riley Auditorium, Clare College, Cambridge

Asylum Monologue's (part of the Cambridge Ethical Festival 2013)

Acclaimed theatre company ice&fire present a performance of Asylum Monologues - a hard-hitting investigation into the UK's asylum system, in the words of people who have experienced it themselves. Performed by professional actors from ice&fire's outreach project Actors for Human Rights, Asylum Monologues will bring you some of the truth behind the often hysterical headlines.

More information:

5th Cambridge Law Lecture
Thursday, 28th November 20136.30pm in Lecture Theatre LG17,

Law Faculty Building, West Road, Cambridge
Drinks Reception in The Atrium from 5.45pm

Professor John Spencer

Cambridge University Law Faculty
will speak on

What it is and how the Law responds to it 

Entry Free
by ticket only
which can be obtained from
CDLS, 6 Crossways, The Green, Haddenham, Ely CB6 3TP
OR by phone 01353 741530
OR email
Solicitors, barristers, legal executives, licensed conveyancers who wish to be registered for
1hr CPD (EHR/CALS/1315) should so indicate when booking
The Lecture:
What is people-trafficking (alias human trafficking)? In essence it is dealing in human beings for the purpose of exploitation: sexual exploitation, slavery, forced labour, servitude or selling body-parts. In the public mind, however, it is widely confused with illegal immigration. And further confusion results from the fact in ordinary speech “traffic” implies “transport” rather than trade.
How much of it is there? As the practice is clandestine, accurate figures are not easily found. An attempt to estimate the scale of the problem, together with practical examples.
The legal response at international level: Palermo Convention, 2000 (UN); EU Framework Decision, 2002; Council of Europe Convention, 2005; EU Directive 2011.
The UK legislative response:
·        trafficking for sexual exploitation, Sexual Offences Act 2003 ss.27-59, and now s.59A;
·        trafficking for labour exploitation, Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004 s.4;
·        offence of slavery, servitude or forced labour, Coroners and Justice Act 2009 s.71;
·        Paying for the sexual services of a prostitute acting under compulsion: Policing and Crime Act 2009 s.14. Examples of prosecutions, and sentences imposed (e.g. R v Connors [2012] EWCA Crim 324).
A thorny problem for the courts and for defence lawyers: the prosecution of victims of trafficking for offences they are forced to commit after arrival in the destination country. Guidance from the CA in R v L[2013] EWCA Crim 991 and from the CPS.
A critique of the current position: (i) too much ill-considered legislation; (ii) excessive reliance on criminal law.
The Speaker:
Professor John R Spencer took his LLB, MA, and LLD at Cambridge, and is a QC honoris causa. President of the European Criminal Law Association (UK) and Co-director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, he has many publications in both English and French to his name covering a wide range of Law topics.
These include the articles ‘People-trafficking: some reflections on the EU legislation, and its implementation in the UK’ (2009) in the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 11, and ‘Improving the position of the victim in English criminal procedure’ (1997) in Israel Law Review 31; chapters on ‘The Law of the UK in Relation to People-trafficking’ in Weyembergh & Santamaria (eds) The Evolution of European Criminal Law (IEE, Brussels), and ‘The Victim and the Public Prosecutor’ in Bottoms & Roberts (eds) Hearing the Victim, Adversarial Justice, Crime Victims and the State (Willan, 2010); and (with Giulietta Gamberini) the report ‘ECLAN (2006-7) Pilot Project – Evaluation of the impact of Framework Decision of 19 July 2002 on combating trafficking in human beings’ (November 2007).


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