University hosts Amnesty conference

The University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham

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The University of Buckingham is providing the venue for this year’s Amnesty South Midlands Regional Conference on Saturday, January 31.

Founder of Buckingham’s Amnesty group, John Cornwall, said: “This is a great honour for Buckingham because the region includes St Albans, Reading, Aylesbury, Oxford, Milton Keynes and other towns.”

Previous regional conferences have always taken place in Aylesbury or Oxford.

This year’s theme is Amnesty’s constant campaign against torture, and the conference is organised by Emma Hart of the Milton Keynes Amnesty Group.

Speakers include Margaret Russell, who leads Action by Christians Against Torture, Dr Usama Hasan of the Quilliam Foundation and MP for Buckingham John Bercow, who has agreed to give the opening keynote speech.

Dr Hasan will speak about the effects on the Muslim community in Britain of the revelations of rendition, imprisonment, torture and other abuses committed by the West.

There are places available for a limited number of readers to join the conference, free of charge, which takes place in the Chandos Road Building.

Registration is at 10am and the event finishes at 4.30pm.

All participants bring food to share for lunch, and the student Amnesty Society is providing tea and coffee.

Mr Cornwall said: “This is a very special opportunity.

“I know the theme is almost too dreadful to contemplate but we are activists, not bystanders.

“Anyone wishing to attend can ring me on 01280 812254 for full details and to book a place.”