Previous National Conferences and Annual General Meetings
The National Conference and AGM brings members together to inspire, motivate, educate and equip you with skills and knowledge to continue campaigning effectively. This is done through speakers, workshops, and action.
The AGM is also the place where for members can influence on the governance of Amnesty International UK by speaking to Board members by submitting and discussing resolutions, and making your voice heard in workshops. The Director, Chair and Treasurer report back to the AGM on last year's activity, delegates receive a report detailing the implementation of previous AGM decisions and elect key committee representatives. But best of all, the National Conference and AGM is a great place to meet others young and old who share your commitment to justice.
The key decisions of each conference since 2006 are also available to download below.
National Conference and AGM 2010
Just over 500 activists and staff met at Warwick University for our 2010 AGM and National Conference on 9-11 April. We had an inspiring three days of debates, workshops and presentations. The AGM debated resolutions on prostitution, climate change, the papal visit to the UK later this year, Roma communities in Europe, Papua, strategic directions for Amnesty UK and many other issues.
Keynote speaker John Kampfner (pictured) talked about his recent book Freedom for Sale - how we made money and lost our liberty.
Champa Patel, Head of Activism at Amnesty UK, chaired the discussion 'Engaging with Global Powers' with a panel of Amnesty experts.
- Bikramjeet Batra from the South Asia team at Amnesty's International Secretariat
- Noel Kututwa Special Advisor to Amnesty International on Africa
- Sara Hall Amnesty UK Country Coordinator for the Federation of Russia.
Each expert outlined in a thoughtful way the challenges for human rights in India, South Africa and Russia respectively.
Talks and panel discussions on the Friday evening included contributions from Amnesty's International Secretariat while the Security and Human Rights workshop welcomed ex-Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes. On the Saturday Amnesty UK staff and trainers ran creative workshops including 'meeting your new MP' and 'celebrating Amnesty @ 50'.
The Shell campaign action on Saturday evening involved drummers playing Nigerian rhythms, fire performers, flares and a giant banner.