September 2007 (20)
Sep 28 2007 3:37PM
The eyes of the world
As though the situation in Burma wasnt miserable enough with several other deaths and much bloodshed - we can now add another name to the very long list of journalists killed in the course of opening the eyes of you, me and everyone el...
Sep 27 2007 12:36PM
The rules of the game haven't changed after all
Were expecting over 200 people at our demo outside the Burmese embassy in London today. Its at 12.00 noon at 19a Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1. There are other demos from Amnesty sections all over the world today. Our messages are...
Sep 26 2007 2:38PM
All eyes on Burma
We are all watching the events unfolding in Burma today and - like others - giving comment, calling for the UN to send a mission to help resolve the crisis and urging the countries with most influence China, India and Japan to help ens...
Sep 25 2007 5:56PM
Brown, Burma and maroon
Was it just me, or did our new PM saying human rights are universal in his maiden leaders speech at Labour Party Conference , make you sit up and think? Of course, Gordon Browns comments come on the back of the growing unrest in Burma,...
Sep 24 2007 3:39PM
The great Iraq refugee scandal
As if Iraq and the region didnt have enough crippling problems, another one is the massive crisis around refugees . Two million people have fled the shocking violence in Iraq. Most have gone into Jordan and Syria and are scraping by as...
Sep 21 2007 2:48PM
Summit to think about
Ive been impressed by the series of News Specials on ITV News this week, using undercover filming in Zimbabwe to show us the deepening crisis there. You can watch all these, and an interview with Gordon Brown, online. ITVs reports have...
Sep 20 2007 4:51PM
There's money to be made
Though theyre called honour killings, theyre actually plain murders, and the latest high-profile example of one these ghoulish killings to preserve family honour or good name is the case of Surjit Athwal . She disappeared in 1998 after...
Sep 19 2007 2:20PM
Tear gas and electric shocks just for expressing a view
Burma is rarely out of the news due to the extreme savagery of a military government which presides over mass political imprisonment, forced labour and torture . But the images of saffron robe-clad monks facing teargas and warning shot...
Sep 18 2007 4:51PM
Sleeping more soundly
Brilliant news in late last night, too late for todays British newspapers Scotsman Kenny Richey is to be moved off death row in Ohio and into a regular county jail. This is an enormous triumph for those who have campaigned on Mr Richey...
Sep 17 2007 2:03PM
A question of compassion
The Times steps up its support today for the blogger-led campaign on behalf of the UK armys Iraqi employees now facing persecution in Iraq, in a strident leader entitled A question of honour . This follows a page lead story in which th...
Sep 14 2007 2:23PM
Stop Press
Even when human rights have been won they still need to be defended against further attacks. Four outspoken Egyptian newspaper editors have discovered this to their cost. The Guardian reports today that, despite a relative liberalisati...
Sep 13 2007 3:39PM
Who's keeping score?
Englands Twenty20 match against Zimbabwe today may well be a nail biter given yesterdays upset when Zim beat the Aussies in their warm-up match. I dont think anyone saw that coming. One thing about Zimbabwe you cant miss however is the...
Sep 12 2007 2:17PM
Does the UK really want to benefit from torture?
Once again the UK authorities attitude to torture is in the news again this time a Bloggers have already started writing about the story too. Dergoul was held and ill-treated in both Afghanistan and Guantanamo. Heres how he described d...
Sep 11 2007 1:33PM
REST IN PEACE, ANITA
There’s a sombre tone around the office today as so many of us are saddened by the loss of Dame Anita Roddick who died yesterday evening . I’m sure Anita would have been one of the many people who would be dismayed to hear how many peo...
Sep 10 2007 4:26PM
The oldest profession in the world?
News today that the Government is looking at changing the law on prostitution. This has been prompted in part because of the enormous number of women and girls now trafficked and forced into prostitution in the UK, and the difficulties...
Sep 7 2007 1:55PM
What am I?
There's very lively comment around on the idea of a national DNA database for Britain . Its one of those divisive issues that, on closer inspection, is much less clear-cut than it looks. On the one side libertarians and civil liberties...
Sep 6 2007 11:33AM
Basra, Bloggers and Bourne
Now that British troops have pulled out of Basra and the post-withdrawal analysis still rumbles on in the media Spiked has a really interesting piece dismissing the whole thing as a PR stunt - put yourself in the shoes of one of the Ir...
Sep 5 2007 3:07PM
Another brick out of the wall
So - our daily slog-to the-office here at the London Amnesty HQ is getting back to normal after the Tube strikes been called off (though, hey, when is commuting in London ever normal?).But imagine your daily commute if the military in...
Sep 4 2007 2:32PM
Iraq: making the conflict Finnish
Years go by and you hardly hear anything about it - and then it starts getting in the news every day. Thats how it is with Burma right now. At the weekend we had President Bushs significant other - Laura Bush - saying that the United N...
Sep 3 2007 2:04PM
If you cant say it clearly, you dont understand it yourself
Amnesty, as part of a movement of millions of people around the world, has been campaigning for action to end the brutal killing and rape in Darfur for more than three years now, and frankly it has been difficult to understand why the...