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The Violence In Myanmar Yet Again Highlights The Inability Of The International Community To Address Conflict

Steve Valdez-Symonds | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Steve Valdez-Symonds

The shocking escalation of violence of the Myanmar army directed at the Rohingya population in that country yet again highlights an inability of the international community to prevent and address repression and conflict. More than 400,000 people have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in barely three weeks. The Rohingya have suffered systematic discrimination in Myanmar for decades. Now the army is targeting their homes and villages, burning them to the ground.

Labour MP Diane Abbott Receives Almost Half Of All Abusive Tweets Sent To Female MPs

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK

Labour’s Diane Abbott received almost half of all abusive tweets sent to female MPs in the run up to the General Election, a new report from Amnesty...

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

They Kill Children, Massacre Civilians, Use Slave Labour And Human Shields, And Are Trained By Britain

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Mark Farmaner

A shocking new report by Amnesty International into ongoing human rights violations in Kachin State and northern Shan State in Burma has prompted Burm...

Chelsea Manning Has Proven Herself A Brave And Principled Whistleblower

Kate Allen | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Kate Allen

Manning will be free at last, closing one painful chapter on what has been an extraordinary and thoroughly disturbing saga. This brave, principled - but also vulnerable - person has been put through the ringer.

Why We Must Protest About LGBT+ Abuse In Chechnya

Steve Taylor | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Steve Taylor

The reason we're protesting tonight is because London - and the UK - must show that it will not sit back while human rights abuses are perpetrated on our European doorstep. We can't celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality if we ignore the persecution of LGBT+ people today.

5 Lessons For Britain From Amnesty's Worrying Human Rights Report

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK

The “toxic rhetoric” and divisive policies being adopted by politicians are reminiscent of the 1930s, Amnesty International has warned in its annu...

7 Horrifying Details From Inside Syria's 'Human Slaughterhouse' Revealed

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK

Horrifying details have been released from inside a Syrian “human slaughterhouse” where up to 13,000 prisoners have been tortured and executed in ...

How Human Rights Believers Should Respond To The Trump Era

Osama Saeed Bhutta | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Osama Saeed Bhutta

The election of Donald Trump gives us is an opportunity to renew the global human rights project. Attempts at demonstrating the universalism of human rights often stumbled due to an erroneous perception that they were actually a western concept. If the president of the United States openly turns his face against sixty years of progress, it could perversely help galvanise in all parts of the world - but only if we take seriously human rights in all their forms.

Campaign Launched To Find Killers Of Cambridge Student Tortured In Egypt

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A year after the mutilated body of a Cambridge University student was found in a ditch in Egypt, Amnesty International has launched a campaign to brin...

Why We're Asking Ireland's Women To #Strike4Repeal

Aoife Frances | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Aoife Frances

We strike for the 12 people a day who travel to the UK to access abortion, for the thousands of people who order abortion pills online every year in Ireland. We strike because, among other areas of life, this is a work place issue; we take time off to travel, to have an abortion with pills at home, it affects our ability to do care and domestic work.

Chelsea Manning's Ordeal - An Exercise In Political Retribution

Kate Allen | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

There was always a starkly political quality to Chelsea Manning's case. Her unprecedented 35-year jail sentence was obviously designed to deter anyone from following her example. A crushing "pour encourager les autres" jail term that would have seen her left to languish in a maximum-security military prison until 2045. It was an exercise in political retribution, not justice.

9 Important Stories From 2016 You're Likely To Have Missed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

We might live in an ever-more connected world, but some news still seems to pass us by. And given this year’s wall-to-wall coverage of Brexit and th...

Labour Lambasts Government Over Access To Justice 'Crisis' Following Legal Aid Cuts

Oliver Carter | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Carter

If you value access to justice and the rule of law, we urge you to join us in campaigning for a sustainable, effective and fair system of legal aid which ensures that no one is denied justice because of their inability to pay.

Adverts Promoting Human Rights Act Deemed 'Too Political' For Train Commuters

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK

Adverts that defend the Human Rights Act by Amnesty International have been deemed “too political” for Britain’s railways and ditched by Network...

It's Time - It's Time To Stand Up For Human Rights In A President Trump World

Kate Allen | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

For all of the thousands of news stories on Donald Trump's presidential win, it's fair to say there's very little clarity on what his presidency is likely to mean for human rights. Either within the USA, or around the world. We're all working with scant evidence and a lot of speculation... Essentially, though, the problem is two-fold. First, the USA's human rights record is already poor in manifold ways and urgently needs improvement. And second, Trump's turbo-charged rhetoric suggests an impatience with the rule of law and international standards.

I Went On Holiday To Russia And All I Got Was This Lousy Replica Kalashnikov Automatic Assault Rifle

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Allowing passengers to cram a plane's overhead lockers with large imitation AK-47s seems an odd thing to permit in these days of heightened airport security (where every 100ml-plus container of moisturiser is banned and travellers are ordered to remove their shoes at the er, drop of a hat), but there you go

Aleppo Is Not the New Srebrenica - It's the Old Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

Mitchell's "new Srebrenica" line echoes Jan Egeland, the United Nations official who's responsible for trying to broker humanitarian access in Syria. The effectiveness - or otherwise - of UN efforts to deliver aid into Syria has been one of the many vexed issues of this crisis. With Srebrenica (as with Rwanda) the UN failed abysmally. Is it going to fail with Syria as well? Let's fervently hope not. And let's hope that Aleppo stays at the centre of international attention. Because, even without a standalone massacre of Srebrenica's magnitude, Aleppo is already a frightening humanitarian emergency. Aleppo isn't the new Srebrenica, it's the old Aleppo. And that's easily bad enough.

'It's Better to Die From One Bullet Than Being Slowly Killed Every Day' - The Cruel Fate of Refugees Forsaken in Nauru

Anna Neistat | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK
Anna Neistat

Having worked in most of the world's conflict zones over the last 15 years, I thought I had learned enough about suffering, injustice and despair. But what I saw and heard on Nauru will haunt me forever.

Why Amnesty Has Launched an Emergency Campaign on Racism

Kate Allen | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK
Kate Allen

The last century has taught us just how achievable change is, especially when it comes at both a national and individual local level - from people's perceptions about the morality of drink-driving, to the drastic reduction in the ubiquitous habit of smoking everywhere, and of course racism. But it takes a huge coming together of determined people. It takes showing that this is not what we are prepared for the United Kingdom to head towards, that this is not the new normal.

Philip Hammond's Bahrain Boosterism Is Appallingly Misjudged

Allan Hogarth | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

On the very same day that Mr Hammond was praising all these Bahraini reforms a court in Manama was jailing Sheikh 'Ali Salman, the leader of the country's main opposition party. He got nine years, with an earlier four-year jail sentence supplemented by a further half-decade by the Court of Appeal.

Sex Workers Have the Right to Be Free From Violence, Abuse, and Discrimination - Just Like Anyone Else

Kerry Moscogiuri | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK
Kerry Moscogiuri

Essentially today, we are acknowledging that sex workers have the right to be free from violence, abuse, and discrimination. Just like anyone else. To accompany the policy's launch, we have also published four new reports looking at the plight of sex workers in Argentina, Hong Kong, Norway and Papua New Guinea. Overall the reports come to the same conclusion. Governments must do much more to protect sex workers from abuse. And criminalisation of sex work contributes to the denial and abuse of their human rights.

Global Poll Shows Support for Refugees

Richard Reoch | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

A new poll of more than 27,000 people in 27 countries shows that 80% of those interviewed - in countries on all continents - would accept refugees in their country. The poll, carried out for Amnesty International by the global consulting firm GlobeScan, contrasts sharply with anti-refugee attitudes expressed by extremist organizations and politicians claiming to speak on behalf of "ordinary people" in their countries.

Amnesty Poll: The Public Really Isn't Buying All the Anti-Refugee Political Rhetoric

Naomi Westland | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK
Naomi Westland

It will have come as no surprise to anyone who's been involved in grassroots solidarity with refugees that a new Amnesty poll, published yesterday, has found overwhelming support among the British public for people fleeing conflict and persecution. Over three quarters of British people would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, the survey results show, and 70% say the government isn't doing enough to help.

Unlike Britain, Canada Has Absolutely Nailed The Idea Of 'Refugees Welcome'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

More than three quarters of Brits would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, research suggests, yet the UK has taken a tiny handful of pe...