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? | 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 ...

Mehdi Hasan

In UK’s Heated Debate Over Immigration, Ministers Avoid Using The A-Word | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics

LONDON -- Will President Obama’s plans for "comprehensive immigration reform," centred on a "pathway" to “earned citizenship” for 11 million und...

Tribunal Probes Execution of 20,000 Political Prisoners in Iran

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

In one very bloody seven month period, from August 1988 to February 1989, at least 4,500 people, some of them teenagers, were executed, according to Amnesty International. This works out at an average execution rate of one person almost every hour for over 200 days.

'A Credible Human Rights Organisation?'

PA | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

Staff at human rights group Amnesty International have staged a fresh strike in a row over spending cuts and job losses. Members of Unite manned a ...

The Rwandan Authorities Must Investigate Unlawful Detention and Torture by Its J2 Military Intelligence Unit

Kate Allen | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

The Rwandan authorities must take these allegations seriously. They have an obligation under Rwandan and international law to investigate and prosecute those thought to be responsible. Doing so will be an important step towards justice for victims and reduce the risk of such abuses happening again. It will also help to restore the confidence of donor countries that are increasingly concerned by human rights abuses committed by the Rwandan military in DRC and now in Rwanda itself.

UN 'Redundant' After Year Of 'Tyranny And Injustice' Says Amnesty Report

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK

A failure of leadership at the highest levels has left the UN "redundant" after a tumultuous year of protest and human rights abuses, Amnesty Internat...

May To Get Qatada Grilling

PA | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK

Home Secretary Theresa May will come under pressure to reveal exactly what Europe's human rights court told her officials about the deadline to deport...

Bahrain Grand Prix Sends Out 'Wrong Signals'

Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Politics

Formula One chiefs have been urged by Labour to cancel this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix amid continued clashes between police and anti-government pro...

Death Penalty in the Land of Non-Violence

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK
Jasdev Singh Rai

For a country that brands itself on Gandhi, non violence and cow protection, the death penalty in India and Balwant Singh Rajoana's imminent hanging on 31 March might appear to be an aberration.

Afghanistan Is in Denial About Its Army of Displaced People

Kate Allen | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK
Kate Allen

The relentless spread of violence in Afghanistan is causing large-scale but barely reported demographic shifts in the country. Vast numbers of people are being uprooted, forced to flee dangerous areas and descending on towns and cities deemed safer. The scale is huge...