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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 03.10.2014 | 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 25.09.2014 | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

'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 17.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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 02.08.2014 | 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.