Amnesty International

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.

Sex Work and Interpretive Labour

Rose Gibbs | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Rose Gibbs

Clearly while decriminalising sex work will not put an end to the abuse and trafficking of vulnerable people (who are mostly women and girls), it may however help in preventing these activities.

Amnesty International's Policy Does Not Protect Prostitutes: Why Legalisation Doesn't Work

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

Many of you may not see any issue with decriminalising prostitution, right? Indeed, many think that it is better to legalise sex-work since as it is often said, "it is the world's oldest profession", and it would be easier to regulate. But prostitution is not the world's oldest profession, it's the world's oldest form of oppression.

Jack Sommers

Syrians' Sufferings 'Should Remind Politicians Not To Scaremonger About Migrants'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK

Philip Hammond has been told to "take a good look" at the latest devastation in Syria and reflect on how it is forcing people to flee the country, aft...

Ex-Prostitutes Say Amnesty International Is 'Rolling The Dice' With Its Reputation

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Amnesty International voted to support the decriminalisation of sex work on Tuesday afternoon. Its International Council Meeting in Dublin ...

Philip Hammond's Scaremongering Remarks on Calais are Ill-informed and Dangerous

Steve Symonds | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Steve Symonds

Sadly, the Foreign Secretary's ill-informed and scaremongering remarks will probably have some effect. In their wake, it will be that bit harder for other politicians to behave more responsibly, more compassionately and with due respect for our international obligation to assist those fleeing persecution and conflict.

A Charter for Pimps and Sex Buyers

Diane Martin CBE | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK
Diane Martin CBE

In a week where we see Amnesty International attempt to push through policy supporting the discriminalisation of sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping, here comes a report from The Institute of Economic Affairs claiming that 'Decriminalising Britain's' £4billion sex industry would increase protection of women'. It is a claim that further entitles men to pay for the bodies of women, because, well ...they just can't help it. This couldn't be further from the truth.

NI Abortion Law 'Endangers Womens' Lives,' Says UN

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

The Northern Irish law banning abortions in nearly all circumstances endangers women's lives, the UN has said. Unlike the rest of the UK, the provi...

Abortion Ruling 'Breaches UK Human Rights Commitment'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

Women in Northern Ireland will continue to be the only ones in the UK not entitled to abortions, a court has ruled. The Court of Appeal said those ...

Breaking the Law: China Rounds Up Its Lawyers

Harriet Garland | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers," Dickens wrote, envisaging the 'bad people' as the lawyer's clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in for questioning over the last week in an unprecedented crackdown on the profession.

Why Are UK Spooks Spying on Amnesty International?

Allan Hogarth | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Allan Hogarth

We must have answers. Indiscriminate mass surveillance has an impact that reaches far beyond Amnesty. It threatens the vital work of other organisations and it impacts you. Yes, you! In accepting your government encroaching into your private communications you risk sleepwalking into a surveillance culture.

Jack Sommers

GCHQ's Awkward Spying Mea Culpa Has Amnesty Fuming

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

The government's eavesdropping agency spied on one of world's most prominent civil liberties campaign groups, it has been revealed. GCHQ put Amnest...

We Will Not Abandon Raif Badawi

Richard Reoch | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Richard Reoch

Asked about the case in the House of Lords last week, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said that the UK government stands by "freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression". But, she said, "we have to recognize that the actions of the Saudi government in these respects have the support of the vast majority of the Saudi population."

Imagine If the International Olympic Committee Spoke Out on Azerbaijan

Naomi Westland | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Sport
Naomi Westland

As the European Games opened in Baku on Friday with Lady Gaga belting out Imagine from behind a grand piano buried in foliage, it was impossible to know for sure how John Lennon would have felt about his iconic protest song being appropriated by one of the most repressive regimes in Europe. You could take an educated guess though.

By Denying Amnesty International Entry to Baku, Azerbaijan Has Proved Right All Our Criticism

Naomi Westland | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Naomi Westland

Azerbaijan is using these Games as a PR tool to launder its image to the world. It wants to show itself as a modern, dynamic, progressive country. What's going on behind the scenes, however, is the complete opposite.

Jack Sommers

Qatar Is Very Unimpressed With This Brilliant Washington Post Graphic

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK

The Qatari government's claim that not a single worker has died building facilities for the 2022 World Cup has been slammed by campaigners and experts...

Snowden 'Vindicated' After US Senate Curtails NSA Surveillance

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- Edward Snowden said on Tuesday it was worth becoming an "international fugitive" when set against the public benefits of disclosing spying...

Blatter's Inaction on Human Rights Must End

Alex Porter | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Sport
Alex Porter

In the wake of this media frenzy, there is a unique opportunity to hold Fifa to account not only for their corruption, but also for the lives their greed has cost. Blatter can no longer claim ignorance of the endemic corruption within his organisation and he must be held to a standard that does demand he "watch everyone all the time".

Jack Sommers

Why Gay Marriage Isn't Coming To *ALL* Of Ireland Any Time Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

The Republic of Ireland's vote for gay marriage means Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the UK and Ireland where it is not allowed. Bu...

Turn the Guns on Katie Hopkins and the Traffickers by All Means, But Don't Forget Cameron

Steve Symonds | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Steve Symonds

This is a pan-European emergency, which requires a pan-European response. We need to reinstate the search and rescue operations immediately and this time it must be properly funded, including by the UK. It is completely unacceptable to refuse help when we know men, women and children are drowning in their hundreds.

The High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.

As a Barrister It's Puzzling to Hear the Human Rights Act Cause Anger

Rachel Logan | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK
Rachel Logan

When you've worked more or less full time as a barrister specialising in human rights law, it's often rather puzzling to hear that the HRA seems to cause so much anger. It's not unlike the puzzlement I feel when I hear some Americans ranting against the idea of free healthcare for all.

This Mentally-Ill British Grandfather Is One Of 1000's Of People On Death Row

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

A new report from Amnesty International lays bare the stark reality of capital punishment around the world. A particularly shocking case is that of...