Allan Hogarth
Allan Hogarth is Head of Policy and Government Affairs at Amnesty International UK, where he is responsible for developing political analysis and strategy for the organisation. He covers a wide range of human rights issues including the Middle East, multilateral institutions, South Asia and business and human rights.

He has a keen interest in foreign affairs and development issues, recently completing an MSc from Birkbeck in Global Politics. Other interests include music, keeping the kids entertained and cooking. A keen horticulturist, he is currently exploring the idea of becoming self-sufficient.

Entries by Allan Hogarth

Don't Spy on Us

(3) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (23:00)

Are you sitting comfortably?

If you are reading this blog the chances are you are using an electronic device, a computer, a mobile phone, or possibly a tablet? You may be sat in the comfort of your own home, be at work, in a café or on public transport? Wherever...

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Henry VIII and the Lobbying Bill

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (11:09)

Whilst I'm no expert on the democratic record of English monarchs, an alarm bell rang yesterday when I saw that the government were introducing a 'Henry VIII Clause' to the Lobbying Bill (the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill).

The Henry VIII Clause? Surely...

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You Have No Unread Messages - Why Amnesty Is Bringing a Claim Against the UK Over Surveillance Concerns

(32) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (14:26)

The next time you're sending an email or browsing the web imagine that you have a government agent sat next to you, peeping over your shoulder to see what you're saying, who you're saying it to and checking the sites you've visited. That kind of assumption was once the preserve...

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Asylum, Refugees and Immigration: Avoiding a Race to the Bottom

(14) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (00:00)

Immigration is once more high on the political agenda as the Home Office seek to 'get tough' with 'illegal immigrants'. Vans urging illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest" and spot checks at railway stations across the country have ignited the debate, raising concerns that these actions risk marginalising...

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Russia's Cold War on Human Rights

(10) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (00:00)

I've recently become addicted to The Americans, a TV series set during the Cold War period in the 1980s. It follows the adventures of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Russian KGB officers posing as an American married couple, their seemingly innocent suburban family life a cover for espionage, spying and...

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Sri Lanka - Sun, Sea, Torture and Impunity

(21) Comments | Posted 26 June 2013 | (12:05)

A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a "country of contrast". Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level a popular tourist destination, which according to the advertising blurb offers travellers "such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes,...

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Profits and Loss - Human Rights and the Artisan

(1) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (15:39)

My eight-year-old son recently asked me "what's an artisan baker?" (we were in Dulwich!) and I explained that an artisan is a skilled physical worker - that artisan bakers' bread will be made by hand and baked in the shop, whereas the bread in Greggs, for example, will be made...

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It's Rotten Here in Jail

(8) Comments | Posted 15 June 2013 | (00:00)

Of William Shakespeare, it is often said that his works are as relevant today as when he originally penned them. I suspect this will be the same for the legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke, the Bard of Salford, after all some of his work is already part...

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From Building Sites to Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2013 | (13:59)

Over the years I've become all too familiar with the issue of violence against women and girls, both at the global and domestic level. This week at Amnesty we've called on the UK Government to do more to support women in Afghanistan, urged them to ratify the Council...

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