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Julie Ward | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

We have conflicts raging around us with no end in sight, and more and more countries seem to be sliding towards authoritarian jingoism. Whereas once upon a time we could rely on a common baseline of democratic values in the so-called 'Free World', Donald Trump's election and the Brexit referendum have thrown that seeming consensus into the wind.

Azerbaijan, the Russian Linesman and Other Dodgy Sporting Decisions

Naomi Westland | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Naomi Westland

The glitz and glamour of a major sports event are all very well, but not when they are used as an attempt to launder a tarnished image to the world. Amnesty is calling for all Azerbaijan's prisoners of conscience to be released immediately and unconditionally.

Burma's President Thein Sein in the Hague At Last

Mark Farmaner | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

There is a downward spiral of continuing attacks, human rights violations, repression and restrictions on humanitarian aid against the Rohingya. There is impunity from the villager to the President, and as long as this impunity continues, so will the repression and violations of international law.

UK Silent on Growing Numbers of Political Prisoners in Burma

Mark Farmaner | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The number of political prisoners in Burma has more than doubled since the start of 2014, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma.

Is Britain's Honeymoon With Burma's President Over?

Mark Farmaner | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

It's a scenario used in endless Hollywood romantic comedies, and many of us will have had a friend in the same situation. Girl meets boy, or boy meets girl, falls hopelessly in love‎, but the friends say he/she isn't what they pretend to be, and don't approve.

Planned Protest in London to Demand Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Ruwayda Mustafah

A small number of Kurdish people in London have organised a protest 'cycling for freedom' against the Turkish government's life imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan. Their message is clear on the Facebook page created, with over one thousands invites sent out already...

Ethiopia Has a Terrible Human Rights Record - Why Is the West Still Turning a Blind Eye?

Eleanor Ross | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Eleanor Ross

The world is waking up to Ethiopia's increasingly poor human rights track record and yet the United States hasn't stopped aid flowing to Ethiopia or threatened the country with sanctions. Japan still tries to conduct business with Ethiopia when instead they should be holding Ethiopia to account.

President Thein Sein's Visit: An Opportunity the Prime Minister Must Seize

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

As a leading aid donor to Burma, it is right that we acknowledge and encourage the progress to date, but the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will be failing in their responsibilities if they are not frank about the clear shortcomings.

A Prison within a Prison: the Solitary Confinement of Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

Hooded and handcuffed, sixty year old poet Aron Atabek shuffles around a dimly-lit room. The guards accompanying him prevent any communication with hi...

Iran's Unfree Elections: Banned Candidates and 2,600 Political Prisoners

Peter Tatchell | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

By international standards, Iran's election is not free and fair. Candidates are vetted by the Guardian Council and all democratic, liberal, secularist, left-wing and women candidates are banned. The media is censored. There is no open political debate. Dissenting opinions are suppressed and liable to result in arrest.

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.

Time for Accountability for the Iranian Regime's Leaders

Hossein Abedini | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hossein Abedini

The Iranian people will not stay silent and will continue their protests even in the face of growing executions. The question is whether the international community will find the political resolve to follow their lead.

Selling Arms to the UAE Is Illegitimate and Unwise

Rori Donaghy | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

By promoting the sale of arms to the UAE, the prime minister has aligned himself with a regime that has clearly displayed its intentions to deal with potential civil unrest in a brutal manner.

Pussy Riot and the Threat to God

Nick Revell | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Nick Revell

Don't know whether you saw this - but God appeared and spoke to someone the other day. I'm surprised it didn't get wider coverage, but that's aggressive secularism in the modern world for you.

Aung San Suu Kyi Arrives For 'Historic' Trip To Ireland

PA | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has touched down in Dublin for a six-hour flying visit to the Irish capital. Slightly behind schedule...

Iran Tribunal to Uncover Iran's "Srebrenica"

Veronique Mistiaen | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK
Veronique Mistiaen

Aslani and thousands of other victims have waited 24 years for this, but now they will finally have their day in court.

Burma's Tortured Prisoners Can't Wait

Bo Kyi | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK
Bo Kyi

The recent meeting between Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein, the new dictator of Burma, has given many in Burma some hope that there may be a chance of political progress at last.