Amnesty International

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 28.08.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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 05.08.2016 | 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 01.07.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 26.05.2016 | 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 23.05.2016 | 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 20.05.2016 | 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...

Georgia Is on the Wrong Side of History

Levan Asatiani | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Levan Asatiani

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and many in Europe have a lot to celebrate... Over on the eastern edge of the continent, however, things have been heading quite a contrary direction this year.

The Economist's Pimp

Heather Brunskell-Evans | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Heather Brunskell-Evans

I hope the UK joins other liberal democratic countries in adopting the Nordic model. Perhaps in the future we will wonder why, at the beginning of the 21st century, decriminalisation could even be regarded as freedom rather than an obstacle to equality, a violation of human dignity and a contravention of human rights.

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...