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Boris Johnson Needs To Stop Grandstanding And Help Get My Constituent Out Of An Iranian Jail

Tulip Siddiq | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Tulip Siddiq

In his speech at the Conservative Party conference, Boris Johnson talked at length about the influence of "Global Britain". But where is this influence when it comes to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe? For once the foreign secretary should stop grandstanding and knuckle down to the real work of securing my constituent's freedom from an Iranian prison cell. Getting one young Hampstead mother out of jail might not be the kind of glorious, earth-shattering diplomatic triumph that Mr Johnson dreams of. But it would mean a huge amount to the people caught up in this nightmare.

As Europe Fails To Act, 60,000 Refugees Are Living In Appalling And Unsafe Conditions In Greece

Ghias Aljundi | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
Ghias Aljundi

Theresa May talked about the importance of a global response to the refugee crisis but she did not offer any more resettlement opportunities and of course, the UK is playing no part in this emergency programme to relocate refugees from Greece... I saw too much suffering in Greece and this pain shatters my heart. I do not like to be angry but I am full of anger and I am disgusted by this terrible indifference. The people I met last week were full of warmth, compassion and dignity, despite their despair and exhaustion, and they deserve so much more.

'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.

These People Learned How Their View Of Refugees Could Change In Just Four Minutes

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK

A moving video experiment reveals Europeans and newly-arrived refugees bridging the emotional divide. Look Beyond Borders is based on a theory develop...

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.

Saudi Minister Tells Britons To 'Respect' Country's Death Penalty In Tough C4 Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has urged Britons to "respect" his country's death penalty, as the brutal Saudi justice system strains relations betwe...

Piercing the Heart With Virtual Reality

Reuben Steains | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Tech
Reuben Steains

Empathy is about seeing the world from someone else's perspective so as to share their feelings and this is where VR's strength lies. It can be a powerful empathy machine if you feel you're there, in someone else's... erm... eyes.

Amnesty's Vote to Decriminalise Sex Work Is a Betrayal of Women

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Stephanie Davies-Arai

As it is overwhelmingly women and girls who are bought by men, any policy which is constructed out of a denial of that truth is meaningless. If we stop for a moment and imagine that that statement reads 'it is overwhelmingly black people who are bought by white people' it's clear that no Human Rights organisation would be trying to obscure that fact in any policy.

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.

An Opportunity to End Four Decades of Impunity for the Torture of the 'Hooded Men'

Thomas Hammarberg | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Thomas Hammarberg

In the years since 1971, I have travelled the length and breadth of Europe to investigate human rights violations. If there is one thing I have learned, time does not heal all wounds if the truth doesn't come out and justice is not done.

Jessica Elgot

Should We Help 'Frightened, Disillusioned' Jihadis Come Home?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK

Britain should set up an amnesty for disillusioned and frightened British jihadis who want to come home, a senior diplomatic expert has said, as more ...

Yazidi Teenager Reveals Horrific Ordeal As An ISIS Sex Slave

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK

A teenager taken captive by ISIS has described being forced into sexual slavery by the Islamist terrorists along with 40 other women, some as young as...

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.

Britain Will Take Child Refugees, Elderly, Victims Of Torture, From Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Britain's pledge to take on some of Syria's most vulnerable refugees will "transform the lives" of children, torture survivors and victims of sexual a...

Kalpana Chakma - Lost But Not Forgotten in Bangladesh

Lydia Parker | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Lydia Parker

It was at the age of 23 that Kalpana was kidnapped from her home. The last memories her family have of her are of a girl of 23. What does Kalpana look like now 17 years later? What would she be doing if she hadn't been taken?... Please join us to make sure Kalpana's story isn't forgotten.

An Amnesty For Snowden?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK

Edward Snowden could be granted amnesty to return to the United States, the NSA official who is in charge of assessing the damage of the whistleblower...

Northern Ireland Politicians Use Past Pain for Political Gain

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Firstly, Northern Ireland is not your normal western liberal democracy. As Mick Fealty said, there exists two worlds in Northern Ireland. One is progressive, cosmopolitan, tolerant, ambitious. The other is a minority that extorts, blackmails and wields arbitrary power over a moderate majority. The politicians are complicit with these economic vandals and thugs.

The French Disgrace as Forced Evictions Soar

Niall Couper | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Niall Couper

I honestly cannot believe what is happening across the channel in France... Amnesty's new report Told to move on: Forced evictions of Roma in France launched on Wednesday in Paris reveals that forced evictions of Roma in France have reached record proportions.

Tasers Should Be Properly Regulated, Not Rolled Out

Kate Allen | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK
Kate Allen

This morning the Office of National Statistics revealed the long-delayed force-by-force breakdown of taser usage for 2010 and 2011. The figures make grim reading.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Coalition's Tax Bombshell?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 28 June 2013... 1) THE COALITION'S TAX BOMBSHELL? George Osborne may have run out of cuts to announce...

Pussy Riot: Not Sponsored by Nike or Coca-Cola

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

I was at a gig in south London last week when, so to speak, my day job popped up. One minute I was "chillaxing" (as I believe the kids and the prime minister like to say) to some genial indie rock, the next ... I'm listening to a longish poem about Russian authoritarianism.

Will the UK Continue to Have One in Four Refused Asylum Cases Overturned on Appeal?

Jan Shaw | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK
Jan Shaw

For the last few months I have been examining the reasons why so many of the decisions to refuse asylum are being overturned by Immigration Judges here in the UK. Home Office statistics show that 25% of initial decisions to refuse asylum, are being overturned.

The G8 Sings Out Commitments to Tackle Sexual Violence but How Vast Is the Gap Between Promise and Practice?

Liz McKean | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK
Liz McKean

William Hague's is a welcome voice drawing the world's attention to the urgent need to tackle conflict-related crimes of sexual violence. However, it is also a reminder that governments and the international community have yet to prove they take their obligations on this issue seriously.

Forty Years of Amnesty International's Urgent Action

Kate Allen | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Kate Allen

The tenacity and forthrightness of Amnesty's founding members is truly remarkable and admirable. These were ordinary people with ordinary jobs, who appointed themselves as moonlighting human rights defenders. They picked up their pens and wrote to heads of state, demanding that they release prisoners.

Plea To Barack Obama Over British Guantanamo Detainee

PA | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK

A 20,000-strong petition will be presented to US President Barack Obama to urge the release of a British detainee at Guantanamo Bay who has been held ...