Amnesty International

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 18.07.2014 | 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 16.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 14.07.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 27.06.2014 | 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.

'We Must Focus On Trade In China Talks, Not Lecturing On Human Rights'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has insisted that the "starting point" for Britain's talks with China this week "has to be" the economy, not "lecturing" the country on hu...

The Immiseration of Yarmouk

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

This photograph of people in the besieged area of Yarmouk [photo from recent update] waiting to get some food at an outdoor soup kitchen is yet another reminder of what it's come to in Syria. Gruelling blockades, endless indiscriminate bombardment, destitution, pain, hunger.

Charlotte Meredith

Suspicious Tory Minds And The Influential Ex-Politicos Behind Britain's Biggest Charities

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

A controversial new anti-austerity campaign by one of Britain’s biggest charities sparked a furious debate this week over alleged politicisation in ...

Brazil, the World Is Watching

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bacciarelli

If Rafael Braga Vieira watches tonight's games, it'll be from his prison cell. When the Olympics come to the city in a couple of years, he might be allowed to watch the events in his cell too. And the World Cup after that.

25 Years Later: Remembering Tiananmen Against the Odds

Harriet Garland | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

It is our duty to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown, as Amnesty and as ordinary people outside China. We should do it because we can.

Stuart Franklin: 'It Was a David and Goliath Moment'

Roseann Rife | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Roseann Rife

When world renowned photographer Stuart Franklin was standing on a crowded balcony five stories up from Beijing's Tiananmen Square, pointing his camera at a man standing defiant in front of a row of Chinese tanks, he thought he was too far away from the action. But 25 years after that iconic day on 5 June 1989, the picture has become the ultimate symbol of the power of an individual against the might of the state. This is how it happened.

The Sex Trade: Lies, the 'Voice of the Voiceless' and Other Silencing Tactics

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Jacobs

Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people's mouths when they can be, and when they can't, those people are silenced and dismissed.

Shackled And Awaiting Death: Husband Describes Horror Of Visiting Pregnant Wife On Death Row

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Baby Born To Sudanese Mother On Death Row Who Was 'Forced To Give Birth In Shackles' (PICTURE) A desperate husband who travelled from the S...

Finding a Cure for the Cancer of Torture

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Didn't it basically die out along with smallpox, the plague, witch trials and a belief that the world was flat and inhabited by angels, devils and other supernatural creatures? Wasn't torture more or less gotten rid of after the Second World War or the end of the Cold War? Strangely, no, it wasn't.

Homeland, Spooks And 24 'Have Glorified Torture To A Generation'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

More people in Britain believe torture is acceptable than in Russia - partly thanks to popular TV shows such as 24, Homeland and Spooks, human rights ...

Nigeria WAS Warned About Boko Haram's Plan To Kidnap Schoolgirls - So Why Didn't They Act?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK

Nigerian authorities knew that Boko Haram planned an armed raid on the girls boarding school in Chibok, where almost 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped al...

The Death Penalty and What It Really Means

Kat Hind | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The true significance of the death penalty is as a symbol of man's inability to create a completely peaceful and civilised society. We can blame violent video games and television programmes for the violent crimes that appear in the news every month, but until we abolish a punishment that legally acknowledges violence as a viable means of justice, problems will continue to persist.

Killer Spared Execution When Victim's Mother Forgives Him As Noose Is Tied (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK

The public execution of a convicted murderer in Iran was halted at the last minute when the victim’s mother stepped forward and pardoned him. Th...

Read It and Weep: New Poetry Anthology Makes Grown Men Cry

Kate Allen | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Allen

It directly addresses the assumption bordering on cliché that women are more emotional - weaker - than men. Yet the contributions are all written by successful, influential men (some with very tough images) who admit to crying. Many share deeply personal insights and experiences, all provoked by poetry.

The Documents That Show Our Government Caved in to Corporate Lobbying

Peter Frankental | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Frankental

Are there any principles that the UK government is willing to stand up for in the face of business lobbying? Apparently not, if documents released through a Freedom of Information request are anything to go by.

Executions Make a Mockery of Any Justice System

Sherif Elsayed-Ali | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Sherif Elsayed-Ali

One of the biggest justifications for the death penalty is that it supposedly acts as a deterrent against committing the most serious crimes. But let's call this argument what it really is: wishful thinking. There is simply no convincing evidence that the death penalty deters from crime more than other forms of punishments. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary.

The World's Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate Has Just Been Released

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

A Japanese prisoner who has been in solitary confinement on death row for more than four decades will now have a retrial to address deep irregularitie...

Don't Spy on Us

Allan Hogarth | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Allan Hogarth

The Edward Snowden revelations exposed the possibility that state surveillance may have intruded into the lives of UK citizens... It would appear that slowly our politicians are beginning to wake up to this serious issue and daring to ask questions of the intelligence establishment.

Catching the Conscience of a Kim: The Globe Takes Hamlet to North Korea

Harriet Garland | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Harriet Garland

Aptly enough, the Globe is embarking on a global tour - visiting every country to perform the tale of the tortured protagonist wrestling with how to avenge the murder of his father. One of the countries the Globe plans to visit is North Korea.