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Amnesty UK AGM

Hello everyone,
Amnesty International UK held their Annual General Meeting this last 
weekend April 9th - 12th . At the AGM, there were four motions on sanctions 
and their effects which were composited to one, the substance of which read

"The AGM..........Decides that Amnesty International UK should support 
calls for Amnesty International to oppose human rights abuses arising from 
sanctions against states, and should press for this to be given high 

The AIUK Board opposed the motion as they had already presented one to be 
discussed at the International Council Meeting in August, the substance of 
which is

"The ICM ........... Decides that the present mandate review process will 
include, in its second phase, a consideration of whether Amnesty 
International should alter its postion on sanctions against states that 
violate or are alleged to violate human rights and report to the 2001 ICM."

The original motion was defeated by 517 to 595 votes. The reason for the  
 motion was that we need all the help we can muster on this campaign and 
having Amnesty International join, albeit 9 years too late, would be of 
assistance. I would appeal to all Amnesty International members to urge 
their sections to support the motion put forward by the Tunisian section at 
the ICM, the substance of which is

"The International Council ...... Decides to oppose embargoes when their 
effect is to threaten the physical and
mental integrity of populations or to threaten lives of innocent citizens."

If you belong to sections who have already had their AGMs, you could write 
to the representatives going to the ICM to support this motion.

Paul Abbey

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