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Chios chronicle: Here's how Europe welcomed a young Afghan man who fled the Taliban

Conor Fortune | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Conor Fortune

By Conor Fortune, News Writer at Amnesty International You can't stop a ship dead in its tracks, but sometimes you can change its course. And that'...

9 Disturbing New Details About The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK

More people were put to death around the world last year than at any point in the last quarter-century, a report has revealed. According to Amnesty In...

The USA Needs to Wake Up From Its Nightmarish Love Affair With the Death Penalty

Kate Allen | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

One hundred and fifty-six people have been exonerated from various death row facilities in the USA in the past four decades. And these are just the ones we know about. How many other victims of miscarriages went to their deaths? Serious crimes deserve serious sentences, but the premeditated cruelty of the death penalty is not the answer. Capital punishment has no proven deterrence value, it's prone to terrible error, it's often applied following shoddy trials and sometimes in blatantly political ways, it's irreversible if implemented, and it inflicts mental torment on the condemned...

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

End Demand vs. Decriminalisation: Where Should We Stand on Sex Work?

Zahra Wynne | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Amnesty and the many other organisations that advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work are not saying that prostitution is a human right, or endorsing sex trafficking. Rather, they are asking for an end to the violence, state brutality, and stigma that sex workers face on a routine basis.

China Is a Bully We Need to Stand Up To - Because No One Is Safe in China Today

Benedict Rogers | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Like all bullies, China will respect us more if we do so - and perhaps then, there is a chance of China changing. For at the moment, twenty years after Amnesty International's report, no one is safe in China.

We Must Put the Rights of Ordinary Humans First

Salil Shetty | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Salil Shetty

The stakes for humankind have never been higher. The fact that we have the highest number of people uprooted from their homes since the Second World War - 60million - and 20million of them have been pushed out of their home countries - is a serious wake up call. The UN Security Council and the so-called international community continues to watch helplessly as Syria faces a complete meltdown. But it's not just Syria - Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Burundi, North Korea are all in a precarious condition. It is time for world leaders to stop playing politics with the lives of civilians - children, women and men. It is time to protect the human rights of ordinary people.

Jack Sommers

4 Dodgy Things The UK Is Doing That Erode Human Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK

Plans to scrap Britain's Human Rights Act are a "gift" to more repressive leaders like Vladimir Putin and "fatally undermine" our ability to stop them...

Picture This: The Full Truth and Nothing But the Truth Over Torture During the War on Terror

Kate Allen | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

Mr Obama's rhetoric over US torture is one of condemning the actions and adjuring us to "leave" them "where they belong - in the past". As if that answers to the seriousness of what took place. Few people would be content with a political arrangement which went no further than the condemning-and-leaving tactic if we were considering the everyday crimes of theft, fraud, assault or rape. I don't see why an official US programme of organised kidnap, illegal imprisonment and serial assault should be any different.

Human Rights Crisis in Dunkirk as Refugees Face Squalor and Chaos

Naomi Westland | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Naomi Westland

No-one knows who's here and anyone can simply walk in. In the chaos, many - including children, whether they are with their parents or not - are at huge risk of abuse and exploitation. Even when people have lodged asylum claims in France, the system is so slow that some give up waiting and try their luck jumping into the back of a lorry to cross the Channel. People smugglers live here, we were told, and gang rivalries sometimes erupt into violence, making already vulnerable people even more so.

The 'Deeply Distressing' Picture Of Iran's Child Executions

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

Children as young as nine are facing the death penalty in Iran, a damning new report reveals. Dozens of juvenile offenders are currently sitting on...

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.

Philip Hammond Accused Of Excusing Beheading Of 'Peaceful' Saudi Cleric

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK

The Foreign Secretary has been condemned for "appalling" comments saying all those killed in recent mass executions in Saudi Arabia were "terrorists",...

Syria in 2015: Another Year of Agony

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...

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 21.12.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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.