Politicians and journalists are falling over themselves to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. Alas, the curse of having a good memory means recalling when the same politicians and journalists condemned the ANC leader as a terrorist.
Rebecca Tinsley is a journalist and human rights activist who has worked in nine African countries. She founded Waging Peace, a London-based group campaigning on Darfur, and Network for Africa, a charity working with survivors of genocide after the big aid agencies move elsewhere. Together with her husband Henry, she was asked by President and Mrs Carter to start the Carter Centre UK. She was on the London Committee of Human Rights Watch for seven years, and has attended human rights trials in Turkey on their behalf. Rebecca completed a law degree at the London School of Economics. She is a former BBC reporter, and she stood for election to the UK parliament twice during the 1980s. Her articles have appeared in The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, the Guardian, The New Statesman, The Santa Barbara News-Press and the Anniston Star. She is on the advisory board of Bennington College, Vermont, and is a trustee of the Bosnian Support Fund. Her third novel, When The Stars Fall To Earth (LandMarc) is based on her interviews with the courageous survivors of the genocide in Darfur. All author royalties donated to Darfur Refugee Rescue Efforts. You can find more about Rebecca's work on her website or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
They should still be fighting for their values, utilising a life-time of experience and wisdom. It isn't good enough to pass on the baton while you are still capable of running, even if your failing health means you are "running" at your computer.
13/05/2013 13:40 BST
At the heart of the Abu Qatada case is a dispiriting lesson for those relying on the UK's once honourable track record as a haven for dissidents: the rich, famous, notorious or powerful still have a better chance of justice.
14/11/2012 12:50 GMT
The ICC is a worthy institution only if we are consistent in applying our lofty values. In Sudan, we must implement the UN resolutions targeting the architects of this long-running genocide. Only then will the world's mass murderers take us at our word.
13/12/2011 22:21 GMT
Appeasing the playground bully is never the answer. If there are no consequences for breaking international law and conventions, then the likes of Bashir are emboldened to carry on killing.
16/08/2011 12:52 BST
On Saturday the international community celebrates the birth of a nation, South Sudan. But what of the infancy and childhood of this newborn nation? We need a "well-baby" check list of policies we might consider, if we care about the health and prospects of South Sudan.
09/07/2011 08:34 BST
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