Viewing Campaign News from August 2017

UK Home Secretary responds to Open University's Cuban students ban

Campaign News | Monday, 21 August 2017

After receiving many letters from constituents protesting against the Open University's ban of Cuban students, Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, has responded to the ban on her website. In a written response, the Secretary of State notes that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is investigating whether the Open University ... read more

Unite branch condemn OU's Cuban students ban

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 August 2017

Unite Bristol Area Finance & Legal branch has passed a motion which condemned the Open University’s ban of Cuban students. The Unite branch took action as part of the campaign, led by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, to end the OU’s ban of Cuban students due to US blockade legislation. The campaign ... read more

The Guardian: Michael Seifert obituary

Campaign News | Thursday, 10 August 2017

The solicitor Michael Seifert, who has died aged 74, and his firm Seifert Sedley, worked to help Britain’s miners and their leaders through what Arthur Scargill, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), described as “our most difficult period in the past century”. “The working class have lost a ... read more

Telesur: Under US Pressure, UK's Open University Refuses Entry to Cuban Students

Campaign News | Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Open University argues that it refuses entry to Cuban students out of fear that it violates the U.S. Treasury Department's blockade legislation. The Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) in the U.K. has launched a drive to eliminate a policy barring entry applications imposed on Cuban students by the country's Open University. The ban, ... read more

Over 2,000 people take action against the OU’s Cuban student ban

Campaign News | Friday, 4 August 2017

Over 2,000 people have written to their Member of Parliament urging them to take action to end the Open University’s ban on Cuban students. The campaign for the discriminatory ban to be overturned has been supported by many MPs, trade unions and campaigners, in addition to a growing number of Open ... read more

Granma: British university rejects Cuban students citing U.S. blockade laws as justification

Campaign News | Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The British Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) has launched a campaign to overturn a ban on applications from Cuban students by the Open University THE British Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) has launched a campaign to overturn a ban on applications from Cuban students by one of the biggest educational institutions in the ... read more

Dame Carmen Callil writes to OU against Cuban students ban

Campaign News | Monday, 31 July 2017

The publisher, writer and Open University Honorary Doctorate, Dame Carmen Callil DBE, has written to the Open University to protest against their ban of Cuban students. "I am an honorary doctorate of the Open University, an award of which I have always been immensely proud. But I am most distressed to ... read more

Three hundred UK charities hit by global crackdown on illegal funds

Campaign News | Friday, 28 July 2017

Co-Operative Bank has closed accounts for dozens of organizations in the last few years including branches of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign. Amnesty International UK in December 2016 published a report criticizing the bank's handling of those closures, which were often abruptly communicated to the charities. The ... read more

Morning Star: NUT Joins Calls Against Open University Cuba Ban

Campaign News | Friday, 28 July 2017

BRITAIN’S largest teaching union NUT joined the growing chorus of voices yesterday against the Open University’s (OU) “discriminatory” ban on Cuban students. NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney has written to OU secretary Keith Zimmerman, calling for the policy to be revised. Mr Courtney wrote: “On paper, the Open University and the National ... read more

NUT calls on the Open University to end discrimination against Cuban students

Campaign News | Thursday, 27 July 2017

"It appears that the OU not only prioritises US law over UK law, but US law over fairness and equality", the NUT general secretary wrote Kevin Courtney, National Union of Teachers (NUT) General Secretary, has written to the Open University (OU) to urge the institution to revise their “discriminatory policy” of ... read more