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A Sad Day for Democracy in Bangladesh: Only Prime Minister Hasina Can Stop the Unjust Execution of a Political Opponent

Lord Carlile | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Should Bangladesh wish to remain in good standing with the international community, Prime Minister Hasina must correct this injustice. Bangladesh has demonstrated a disregard for basic principles of jurisprudence and human rights. With the world looking on, it is imperative that Prime Minister Hasina halt this unjust execution, reform the ICT and allow legitimate political opposition to flourish.

So-Called International Crimes Tribunal is at the Heart of Oppression and Unrest in Bangladesh

Lord Carlile | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Prime Minister Hasina must now seek reconciliation with those values. Otherwise Bangladesh will continue down a path to one-party government, authoritarianism or mob rule.

Saudi Arabia's Execution Rate Has Hit A Grim New Milestone

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

At least 151 people have been put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year, making it the highest rate in two decades, a new report by Amnesty Intern...

Long Overdue: Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Stephen Donnan | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

If you're reading this then let me just reassure you that I am not about to rehash the countless valid, tested and proven arguments for marriage equal...

The Syrian Government Is Now a Vampire State Feeding Off Its Own People

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Such organised state gangsterism has apparently now taken such a hold in Syria that the Damascus government has become partly reliant on the revenues it produces. It's a clear example of a vampire state feeding off its own people.

Opposition to Full Sex Trade Decriminalisation is Taking Hold

Janie Davies | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Janie Davies

Resistance against full decriminalisation of the sex trade just got stronger. It started on October 23 as women protested in 50 countries, united in their opposition to Amnesty International's recommendation for full decriminalisation of the sex industry, including pimps and johns.

Banksy-Style Anti-War Posters Are Accusing The Government Of Hypocrisy

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Fake tube posters, bus stop advertising boards and newspaper adverts have been appearing all over London in protest at a huge international arms fair ...

Summary Execution by Drone Could Have Come Straight Out of an Orwell Sequel

Kate Allen | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK
Kate Allen

Amnesty is concerned that if we allow this to become the norm, we could have countries all over the world conducting aerial executions of perceived enemies on the basis of secret, unchallengeable evidence. Would we honestly be so relaxed if this was an announcement from Moscow, or Beijing, or Pyongyang or Oceania?

Amnesty Reveals Saudi Arabia's Staggering Execution Rate

AP/The HuffingtonPost UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

One death every two days. That’s the current execution rate in Saudi Arabia, according to a report from Amnesty International published on Tuesday. ...

Macedonia Insists No One Was Mistreated After Firing Stun Grenades And Tear Gas

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.08.2015 | UK

Macedonian authorities have insisted that they did not mistreat desperate refugees who were trying to leave Greece - despite beating them with trunche...

First They Came for the Cheeses and No-One Spoke Out - Russia's Banning Mania

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

On top of existing prohibitions on "undesirable organisations", on numerous public demonstrations, on gay pride rallies and on materials said to "promote" homosexuality, Russia's recent restrictions are faintly ludicrous and distinctly sinister.

Sex Work and Interpretive Labour

Rose Gibbs | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Rose Gibbs

Clearly while decriminalising sex work will not put an end to the abuse and trafficking of vulnerable people (who are mostly women and girls), it may however help in preventing these activities.

Amnesty International's Policy Does Not Protect Prostitutes: Why Legalisation Doesn't Work

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

Many of you may not see any issue with decriminalising prostitution, right? Indeed, many think that it is better to legalise sex-work since as it is often said, "it is the world's oldest profession", and it would be easier to regulate. But prostitution is not the world's oldest profession, it's the world's oldest form of oppression.

Jack Sommers

Syrians' Sufferings 'Should Remind Politicians Not To Scaremonger About Migrants' | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK

Philip Hammond has been told to "take a good look" at the latest devastation in Syria and reflect on how it is forcing people to flee the country, aft...

Ex-Prostitutes Say Amnesty International Is 'Rolling The Dice' With Its Reputation

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Amnesty International voted to support the decriminalisation of sex work on Tuesday afternoon. Its International Council Meeting in Dublin ...

Philip Hammond's Scaremongering Remarks on Calais are Ill-informed and Dangerous

Steve Symonds | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Steve Symonds

Sadly, the Foreign Secretary's ill-informed and scaremongering remarks will probably have some effect. In their wake, it will be that bit harder for other politicians to behave more responsibly, more compassionately and with due respect for our international obligation to assist those fleeing persecution and conflict.

A Charter for Pimps and Sex Buyers

Diane Martin CBE | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK
Diane Martin CBE

In a week where we see Amnesty International attempt to push through policy supporting the discriminalisation of sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping, here comes a report from The Institute of Economic Affairs claiming that 'Decriminalising Britain's' £4billion sex industry would increase protection of women'. It is a claim that further entitles men to pay for the bodies of women, because, well ...they just can't help it. This couldn't be further from the truth.

NI Abortion Law 'Endangers Womens' Lives,' Says UN

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

The Northern Irish law banning abortions in nearly all circumstances endangers women's lives, the UN has said. Unlike the rest of the UK, the provi...

Abortion Ruling 'Breaches UK Human Rights Commitment'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

Women in Northern Ireland will continue to be the only ones in the UK not entitled to abortions, a court has ruled. The Court of Appeal said those ...

Breaking the Law: China Rounds Up Its Lawyers

Harriet Garland | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers," Dickens wrote, envisaging the 'bad people' as the lawyer's clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in for questioning over the last week in an unprecedented crackdown on the profession.

Why Are UK Spooks Spying on Amnesty International?

Allan Hogarth | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Allan Hogarth

We must have answers. Indiscriminate mass surveillance has an impact that reaches far beyond Amnesty. It threatens the vital work of other organisations and it impacts you. Yes, you! In accepting your government encroaching into your private communications you risk sleepwalking into a surveillance culture.

Jack Sommers

GCHQ's Awkward Spying Mea Culpa Has Amnesty Fuming | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

The government's eavesdropping agency spied on one of world's most prominent civil liberties campaign groups, it has been revealed. GCHQ put Amnest...

We Will Not Abandon Raif Badawi

Richard Reoch | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Richard Reoch

Asked about the case in the House of Lords last week, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said that the UK government stands by "freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression". But, she said, "we have to recognize that the actions of the Saudi government in these respects have the support of the vast majority of the Saudi population."

Imagine If the International Olympic Committee Spoke Out on Azerbaijan

Naomi Westland | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Sport
Naomi Westland

As the European Games opened in Baku on Friday with Lady Gaga belting out Imagine from behind a grand piano buried in foliage, it was impossible to know for sure how John Lennon would have felt about his iconic protest song being appropriated by one of the most repressive regimes in Europe. You could take an educated guess though.

By Denying Amnesty International Entry to Baku, Azerbaijan Has Proved Right All Our Criticism

Naomi Westland | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Naomi Westland

Azerbaijan is using these Games as a PR tool to launder its image to the world. It wants to show itself as a modern, dynamic, progressive country. What's going on behind the scenes, however, is the complete opposite.