Amnesty International

An Opportunity to End Four Decades of Impunity for the Torture of the 'Hooded Men'

Thomas Hammarberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Thomas Hammarberg

In the years since 1971, I have travelled the length and breadth of Europe to investigate human rights violations. If there is one thing I have learned, time does not heal all wounds if the truth doesn't come out and justice is not done.

Introducing Detekt - Has It Got the Spooks Spooked?

Tanya O'Carroll | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Tanya O'Carroll

'Detekt' is not the answer to the daunting and growing problem of unlawful government surveillance. But it is another small step on the road. Big brother is watching. At least in some cases, we can now see what he's looking at.

The British-Iranian Woman Imprisoned For Watching Volleyball Is Free On Bail

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said. Ghoncheh Ghavami, ...

Journalists: 'No Longer on the Frontline, We Are the Frontline'

Eulette Ewart | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Eulette Ewart

The easier option for any journalist or editor is to run the predictable, safe, less offensive story. It's then, though, that the dictators, tyrants, war criminals and dodgy business people get their way. If it were not for journalists investigating and exposing what these toerags are up to, how would the public know what's going on?

National Sovereignty Vs Human Rights?

Robin Guittard | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

Amnesty International calls on the Dominican government to reaffirm its commitment to the Inter-American Human Rights System, recognize the decisions of the Inter-American Court and make a commitment to implement its recent ruling in full and without delay.

Jessica Elgot

Israel Displayed 'Callous Indifference' To Gaza Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty Report | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK

Israeli forces could have prevented the scale of civilian deaths during the summer offensive in Gaza, but showed "callous indifference" to the fate of...

Is There Ever a Justification for Leaving People to Drown?

Karla McLaren | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Karla McLaren

As a strategy, it's not only heartless, but ineffective. Building barriers will not stop people attempting to scale them, not when they are fleeing for their lives. The UK should be pressing for a Europe-wide system which allows people to access protection safely; and in the meantime, contributing to a rescue operation that saves lives, instead of justifying leaving people to drown.

An English Woman, a Scottish Woman and a Northern Irish Woman Walk Into an Abortion Clinic...

Naomi Westland | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK where abortion is still illegal in the most extreme circumstances of rape, fatal foetal abnormality and incest. While women in England, Scotland and Wales who need an abortion can have the procedure carried out on the NHS, for free, with all the support they need at an extremely difficult time in their lives, women in Northern Ireland are faced with an unenviable choice.

Looking for a Leader in the Caribbean

Robin Guittard | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

Every year, Trinidad and Tobago becomes a paradise holiday retreat for thousands of people around the world. But in the twin island state, many women and men are living in hell as they continue to be discriminated against for who they are, and who they love.

Shia Militias 'Executing Sunni Civilians' In Revenge For Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK

Government-backed Shia militias are executing "scores" of Sunni civilians in reprisals for attacks by Islamic State (IS), according to a new report. ...

The Dangers of Scrapping the Human Rights Act

Tim Hancock | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Hancock

At a fundamental level, human rights are an assertion of protection from the government and a claim for the protection of the government. Power has the potential for good and ill, which is why power must be regulated and laden with responsibility.

Feminism Proudly Presents: Emma Watson Vs Internet Trolls

Sophie Bauer | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sophie Bauer

By now everyone will have heard, or at least heard of, Emma Watson's speech launching the UN Women's HeForShe campaign. Gender equality and sexual and...

These Chinese-Made Torture Tools Are Being Traded At British Arms Fairs

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

Cruel instruments of torture manufactured in China, including electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs have been advertised and sold at UK arms f...

Jessica Elgot

The Islamic State Are Committing Ethnic Cleansing On A 'Historic Scale' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

Survivors have told how Islamic State militants are committing ethnic cleansing on a "historic scale" and threatened to wipe Iraq's ancient minorities...

South Sudan: A Nation Awash With Arms

Elizabeth Ashamu Deng | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng

South Sudan is awash with weapons and thousands of people have been killed as government and opposition forces commit war crimes, crimes against humanity and other grave human rights violations and abuses.

Hey Amnesty - Suck It!

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), that august foreign policy think-tank based in Washington, tweeted out a less-than-lettered...

Ferguson Riots Delight Iran, China And Egypt As Amnesty Dispatch Team To US Soil

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

US authorities have been told to show restraint in dealing with the racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri – by the Egyptian governme...

No Excuse for Gruesome Unlawful Killings by Nigeria's Military Forces

Tim Hancock | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Tim Hancock

It goes without saying that the situation in north east Nigeria is perilous. Boko Haram and other armed groups have committed some of the most horrific crimes in recent years and have intensified their attacks this year. Residents of Bama - for example - have been living in constant fear of attacks by militant fighters. In February this year Boko Haram staged its most deadly assault on the town. Locals report that attack left almost 100 people dead and more than 200 injured. Improvised explosive devices and grenades were used to destroy huge swathes of the town.

Quick, Pick a Side, Israel or Palestine?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Apparently we are presented with two monochromatic sides of this argument, Team Israel vs. Team Gaza, and failure to select one on the basis of who is or is not a terrorist means that your opinion is unlikely to rear its humdrum head in mainstream news or grant you a few thousand followers on Twitter.

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Families Divided in the Dominican Republic

Robin Guittard | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

The Dominican Republic's nationality rules are a tangle of check-boxes and criteria, but for one family the impact of new legislation could not be more stark. By a fluke of bureaucracy, two out of three children might be awarded citizenship and all its benefits, but the third could remain lost in the limbo of statelessness...

Drip, Drip, Drip - How Debate About Our Right to Privacy Was Drowned Out By the Sound of Reshuffling

Karla McLaren | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Karla McLaren

It is somewhat of a BIG coincidence that what little debate DRIP is receiving is taking place on one of the busiest political news days this year, if not this parliamentary term. It's another BIG coincidence that DRIP is being pushed through right before Parliament goes on holiday for six weeks... little chance of the time for debate being extended then. How unfortunate. A cynic might even suggest the government planned it that way.

The Problem With the Secret Service - Is the Secrecy

Harriet Garland | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

It is very difficult to interrogate the legality of a programme of surveillance, when the people having done it, refuse to acknowledge it happened. The UK programme, called 'TEMPORA' has been a bone of contention since the start of these proceedings. GCHQ refuses to acknowledge that it exists, despite tacitly acknowledging it exists, by defending the legal basis for its existence.

South Sudan Is Locked in a Cycle of Violence

Elizabeth Ashamu Deng | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng

On 9 July, South Sudan will mark three years as an independent state. But the growing pains of the world's newest country are evident as millions are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. Amnesty International's Elizabeth Ashamu Deng looks at some of the problems facing South Sudan today.

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before - There Was This Ticking Bomb...

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Quite contrary to the claims of the ticking bomb acolytes, torture is not something that governments are somehow "denying themselves" in the fight against terrorism or other criminals. Instead, as Amnesty confirms, torture is actually "flourishing" in the modern world. The last thing we need is people coming up with exotic ways to justify it.