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We take literature seriously. As a tool for empathy, for education and for awareness-raising it is almost unrivalled.

Follow this blog to stay up-to-date with our latest publications and initiatives and to hear from guest writers passionate about human rights.

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Jan 23 2020 9:41AM
Reading for Empathy Lab: books for a better world
I had the pleasure and privilege of reading and assessing books for the Empathy Lab collection 2020. Read this blog to find out about my judging journey and my favourite titles.

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Shao Jiang, a former prisoner of conscience for his active role in the 1989 pro-democracy movement, is a committed activist-scholar, who lives and works in exile in London. The academic interests focus on politics and media, social movement, democratisation, feminism, law in PRC and Hong Kong, autonomy & sovereignty & self-determination, international human rights mechanisms, comparative studies on development models and political institutions, theory and practice of Civil Society. Publications include Citizen Publications in China before the Internet (Palgrave, 2015).


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Dec 11 2019 8:44AM
London stands with Hongkongers, Uyghurs, Tibetans and HRDs in mainland China at UDHR71
London stands with Hongkongers, Uyghurs, Tibetans and HRDs in mainland China. #UDHR71 #StandUp4HumanRights 倫敦聲援香港人、維吾爾人、藏人和中國大陸的人權捍衛者。 # 世界人權宣言 71 週年 # 捍衛人權 https://twitter.com/shaojiang/status/1204564015931895808 Onsite language lesso...

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A Scottish angle on human rights and the human rights angle on Scotland.

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Dec 6 2019 1:41PM
The Time is Now
This is a guest blog by our Scotland Speaker Coordinator, Alex Mackenzie Recently, more than any other time, I have felt deflated by the reporting on the climate crisis. The UN warned of a “ bleak ” future as the carbon emissions gap g...
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Nov 27 2019 2:36PM
This is my protest t-shirt
Anything that carries your message is important. If you can't hold a sign, you can wear a t-shirt

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Welcome to our priority campaigns blog, with the latest news and more indepth analysis of our bigger campaigns.

Our priorities change as human rights changes around the world, and right now we're focusing on our Stop Torture, My Body, My Rights, and Save the Human Rights Act campaigns. But you'll also find comments and updates on our work on Syria, LGBTI rights and human rights abuses by corporate companies.

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Nov 19 2019 2:18PM
The call that never came: how one Syrian torture survivor is refusing to let injustice crush him
Kristyan Benedict - @KreaseChan “Make sure my phone is always charged in case Islam calls me” - that’s what Ahmad Helmi told his mother when she visited him in prison. Islam Dabbas was Ahmad’s best friend. His companion from boyhood. T...