On Saturday, March 17th, UK WILPF had its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Seminar on the Universal Periodic Review. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, keynote seminar speaker, spoke movingly of the plight of the Jeju islanders whose world heritage homeland is being devastated to make way for another base foe nuclear armed craft close to China. She suggested that everyone present contacted the Save Jeju Island Campaign and to write personally to Ban Ki Moon to ask why he is allowing such devastation.
WILPF members from across the UK attended the events at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre in London, taking steps to further the campaign initiatives as well as the structure and strength of the organisation making WILPF even more efficient and effective in creating social change in 2012.
Raised Voices and Honorary Friend Award Reception
Jeremy Corbyn, MP of North Islington, received his Honorary Friend of WILPF Award in recognition of his long term support of WILPF and commitment to peace and social justice.
Seminar on the Universal Periodic Review
The Universal Periodic Review, as defined by the United Nations, “is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years.” This year, in 2012, the United Kingdom is up for review.
This seminar was an opportunity for WILPF members, friends and supporters to learn about the WILPF’s consultative status to the UN from keynote speaker Dr. Rebecca Johnson to ensure the voices of women are heard and the state’s obligation to protect all from harm is implemented.
Dr. Rebecca Johnson is the Vice Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Vice President, and the Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.