Press release me, let me go | Archive 2007 October | Amnesty International UK
October 2007 (24)
Oct 31 2007 12:08PM
Fair trials or curfews?
Cherie Blairs interview on the Today programme very much skirted the issue of the serious violations of womens rights in Saudi Arabia . While its great that she has flagged up the fact that womens rights need to be upheld within any re...
Oct 30 2007 1:47PM
Israel, Blackwater and Arranged Marriage
Its all about the law today. First up, Israel. In response to rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip, the Israelis decided to tackle the problem at the source. A rational decision on the face of it. So what did they opt for? Dialo...
Oct 29 2007 2:13PM
A media storm blows up over Saudi Arabia
Which is the odd one out? Burma, Zimbabwe or Saudi Arabia? The governments of all three countries have terrible human rights records. Weve written much about Burma in this blog of late, reflecting the media interest sparked by massive...
Oct 26 2007 3:00PM
Don't be afraid
Halloween's drawing near and I'm contemplating scaring myself silly with a few choice horror films (and ignoring the trick-or-treaters at the door). But in Lithuania and Italy, its homosexuality that has paralysed some people with fear...
Oct 25 2007 2:10PM
Just Google it
You, like me, probably think Google Earth is pretty impressive. Along with Google Map (and quite a few other G products it has to be said!) I think the search tools are nothing short of amazing. (I especially like the hybrid map view,...
Oct 24 2007 5:17PM
Spookily close to the truth
Although I am slightly gutted that I missed the first episode of Spooks which was on last week (I was in NYC so really I shouldnt complain), Im delighted its back on the screen. Its just as gripping as previous seasons although I have...
Oct 23 2007 3:40PM
Talking Turkey
Its interesting to visit a country just as some newsworthy event happens and, just as I flew into Istanbul on Friday to visit Amnesty International Turkey, the country seemed to be heading inevitably towards military action in neighbou...
Oct 22 2007 3:41PM
Silent nights as sport bumps real news down the agenda
Its Monday and we here at Amnesty have a new world record the quietest weekend of calls in history. Of course its all down to a small weekend of sport. There was the disappointment of Lewis Hamilton in Formula One and the repercussions...
Oct 19 2007 12:58PM
Are two blogs better than one?
Two legs bad, four legs good. Remember that? Anyway, two blogs for the price of one today. First a quickie from me, then over to our NYC blogger. Main news is the unbelievable bloodshed that greeted Benazir Bhutto , only hours after sh...
Oct 18 2007 2:09PM
Iran and Burma: A picture is worth a thousand words
It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now given the amount of new material that hit the Amnesty inbox in the last 24 hours, weve got a novel on our hands. Firstly there was a great eight-minute film made by the Int...
Oct 17 2007 2:14PM
Russia: Theres more to worry about than the plastic pitch
This afternoon Ill be hoping to sneak off and catch Englands must-win football match against Russia, controversially played on a plastic pitch. To be honest, if we try to use that as an excuse for failing to beat a side weve already tu...
Oct 16 2007 4:04PM
Get up off the sofa and ... go to the cinema
Its all Ming today and while we welcomed his comments a couple of months ago on human rights, China and the Olympics, we havent got a lot to say here in the office about his age and what happens next. Too old? Too well-dressed? Should...
Oct 15 2007 5:21PM
Party conference season, Beijing-style
Forgetting rugby for a moment, all eyes are on China this week as the 17th Communist Party Congress kicks off. The Guardian carries a story highlighting the lack of transparency and the curious mix of capitalism and socialism that is C...
Oct 12 2007 2:54PM
The killings fields of Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Lebanon ...
More tragic news from Iraq, with reports saying that 15 women and children were killed yesterday in a US air strike in northern Iraq. The American military has apologised, while saying that the attacks were targeting senior al-Qaida fi...
Oct 11 2007 2:14PM
Mighty Metro on Zimbabwe
Stunning piece on Zimbabwe on the front page of todays Metro . Getting a rare glimpse into the secretive country, the paper highlights the death of Vincent Sibanda, a nine-month-old baby boy and the latest victim of the AIDS epidemic p...
Oct 10 2007 4:55PM
Protest - online or in court
Busy day yesterday, launching our new Unsubscribe campaign first in Birmingham , where the bulk of the campaign billboards are posted, and then at a blogger event, Changing the way we change the world at our Human Rights Action Centre...
Oct 9 2007 2:51PM
Click here to Unsubscribe
Watching the number of people joining our new online campaign edge ever closer to 10,000 just ahead of the official launch in Birmingham this morning took me back to the days when similar excitement could be had by tuning in to Blue Pe...
Oct 8 2007 2:35PM
Iraqi refugees get lost in media circus
So this afternoon, up stepped the PM to face the snarling media pack all desperate for blood. And their fascination? The Election That Never Was (ETNW). Sometimes you wish the media would get a grip. The ETNW dominated while the story...
Oct 6 2007 6:11PM
Bonus blog: Burma demo
Yes, a bonus blog today! Im just back from the big Burma demo in Trafalgar Square - a fantastic, moving event. The place was swathed in red: armbands, headbands, flags and plenty of Amnesty banners. Check my flickr pics here. There see...
Oct 5 2007 2:14PM
Ironies and oddities
The decision by Burma’s military ruler to meet imprisoned democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi is so riddled with conditions that it makes me wonder if they really want to make that happen. It also seems slightly incongruous...
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