Amnesty International - Nigeria and the Africa Programme - Aster Van Kregten

This month, the CLHG is pleased to host a talk from Aster van Kregten, Amnesty International's researcher on Nigeria, based at AI’s International Secretariat in London. Aster will talk to the group about the importance of human rights, her organisation's work in Africa and about the situation of humanist activists such as Leo Igwe inside the continent. The talk will start at 6.30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. A good period of time for audience Q&A will follow. Then, in CLHG tradition, discussion will follow in The Lord John Russell, a pub down the road from the venue. ____________________________________________________________________________ About the speaker Aster has worked in the post for over three years. Previously, she was the Nigeria coordinator at the Dutch section of Amnesty International. Before that, Aster worked as a PA for a Dutch Member of Parliament, as a policy officer at the Netherlands Court of Audit and as a researcher at an education organization. She is currently providing support for Leo Igwe, our representative in West Africa. ____________________________________________________________________________ About the venue The event will take place in the Chancellor's Room of University of London’s Hughes Parry Hall. The Hall is located by Cartwright Gardens close to Russell Square in Bloomsbury. Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Kings Cross (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle and Metropolitan Lines and Mainline Rail) and Euston Station (Victoria & Northern Lines and Mainline Rail) are all within walking distance of the venue. A map can be found here: http://www.halls.lond... This venue is wheelchair accessible. ____________________________________________________________________________ About the organisation Amnesty International has two main ways of working to achieve human rights for everyone: Promoting general awareness of human rights - Carrying out a wide range of educational activities, promoting the values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreed human rights standards. - Encouraging people to accept that all human rights must be protected - Encouraging governments to accept and enforce international standards of human rights - Encouraging governments, political organisations, businesses, other groups and individuals to support and respect human rights Opposing specific abuses of human rights Research and action focused on stopping abuses of the following rights: - Physical and mental integrity - Freedom of conscience and expression - Freedom from discrimination Amnesty has 2.8 million members worldwide. Its vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. In pursuit of this vision, its mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of these rights. Its core values are international solidarity, effective action for the individual victim, global coverage, the universality and indivisibility of human rights, impartiality and independence, and democracy and mutual respect. Amnesty is an example of the values of Humanism in action

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  • Alice Fuller

    Very interesting talk from well informed speaker. Thanks to Josh for organising.

    March 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting topic.

    March 18, 2010

  • Alan Palmer

    It was good to learn about Amnesty and its patient efforts in such a difficult regime. Aster's presentation was enlightening and supported by informed comments from the audience

    March 18, 2010

  • Phil Walder

    An interesting and enlightening talk. It was good that there were some people in the audience with real knowledge of the situation in Nigeria too.

    March 18, 2010

  • Josh Kutchinsky

    Very informative. Detailed description of the work of Amnesty. This is important patient work with progress being slow. The Question and answer session was interesting.

    March 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a Nigerian friend who is there at the moment but due back this month.
    Will come and bring him if he is here in time.
    Thus maybe!

    March 3, 2010

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