Jan 5 2016 10:41AM
Four reasons the UK needs a New Year’s resolution on Saudi Arabia
New Year is often a time for reflection where we look at the year past and think about what challenges we will face for the new one and the changes we will make to meet t...
Oct 20 2015 11:15AM
China: Picking quarrels and causing trouble (part II)
As President Xi Jinping’s plane hits the tarmac he must be excited about the royal welcome that he’ll be getting in the UK – the red carpet has been rolled out, the flags...
Oct 5 2015 1:50PM
The UK is trading away its credibility in its relations with Saudi Arabia and China
The revelation that the UK secretly supported the candidacy of Saudi Arabia for a place on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council is a fascinating - if disconcerting -...
Jul 10 2015 3:27PM
Freedom comes at a price in Ethiopia - and the UK
The struggle for human rights is a long one, fraught with set-backs and challenges, so it’s always nice to get a bit of good news once in a while. Yesterday Ethiopia rele...
Jul 2 2015 5:30PM
We need to know why the UK government spied on Amnesty International
Temperatures hit the roof at our London office yesterday on the hottest July day since records began. It wasn’t just the mercury in the barometers that was rising – we ha...
May 27 2015 5:53PM
Five human rights issues to look out for following the Queen’s Speech
1. Human rights in the UK Much has been said about the Human Rights Act in the past couple of weeks – and today we could have faced a direct commitment to scrapping it im...
Jun 17 2014 6:33PM
How to pick quarrels and influence people in China
In China “picking quarrels” is a serious criminal offence that can lead to spending lengthy amounts of time languishing in jail. Last week Amnesty highlighted the plight...
Jun 17 2014 11:15AM
The perfect storm of 'party political' and the Lobbying Act
Anyone familiar with the work of Amnesty International will know that in some places criticism of the government can get you into trouble. I nearly fell off my chair last...
Mar 20 2014 12:00PM
Don't spy on us
Are you sitting comfortably? If you are reading this blog, the chances are you are using an electronic device - a computer, a mobile phone, or possibly a tablet. You may...
Feb 17 2014 4:31PM
A Royal approach to human rights
As Prince Charles visits Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week I hope he's under no illusion that outside of the palatial royal residences of Riyadh and Doha there are serious...
Jan 31 2014 4:32PM
The Lobby bill becomes law but we won't be silenced
This week the Lobbying Bill (the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill) reached the end of the parliamentary process, gainin...
Jan 21 2014 4:54PM
Henry VIII, the Lobbying Bill, and rolling back public engagement in politics
Whilst I’m no expert on the democratic record of English monarchs, an alarm bell rang yesterday when I saw that the government were introducing a ‘Henry VIII Clause’ to t...
Dec 9 2013 2:00PM
You have no unread messages: Why Amnesty is taking action over surveillance concerns
Orwell was right. Big Brother is watching you. Every word you type online and every site you visit is being observed, and currently your only way to put a stop to that is...
Nov 6 2013 3:06PM
The gunpowder plot, fireworks and the Lobbying Bill
Earlier this week I found myself emailing all Peers to urge them to vote for a pause of Part 2 Lobbying Bill, which was being debated in the Lords on 5 November. A couple...
Sep 6 2013 11:17AM
Will the Lobbying Bill gag legitimate debate by charities?
The past week has seen a flurry of attention on what is being referred to as the ‘Lobbying Bill’. Media reports and a lively Commons debate have highlighted the concerns...
Aug 5 2013 4:28PM
Asylum, refugees and immigration: avoiding a race to the bottom
Immigration is once more high on the political agenda as the Home Office seek to ‘get tough’ with ‘illegal immigrants’. Vans urging illegal immigrants to “go home or face...
Jul 16 2013 2:12PM
Edward Snowden and Russia's Cold War on human rights
I’ve recently become addicted to ‘The Americans’, a TV series set during the Cold War period in the 1980s. It follows the adventures of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two...
Jun 26 2013 11:29AM
Sri Lanka – sun, sea, torture and impunity
A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a “country of contrast”. Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level...
Jun 19 2013 3:06PM
Profits and loss - human rights and the artisan
My eight year old son recently asked me “what’s an artisan baker?” (we were in Dulwich!) and I explained that an artisan is a skilled physical worker - that artisan baker...
Jun 13 2013 3:11PM
It’s rotten here in jail
Of William Shakespeare, it is often said that his works are as relevant today as when he originally penned them. I suspect this will be the same for the legendary punk po...
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