January 2008 (22)
Jan 31 2008 5:20PM
In privacy or a public spectacle? The end result's the same
I normally find January long and never-ending. But this year, global events have kept us so busy here in the Amnesty press office that I cant believe it will be 1st February tomorrow. First Pakistan, then Kenya. Today Iran is on our ag...
Jan 30 2008 10:01AM
Out in the cold in Grozny and a look at democracy in Russia
Nearly 150 families have been thrown out of their temporary homes into the cold winters night in Grozny, Chechnya. And by cold I dont mean a bit chilly todays forecast is for snow, with a maximum temperature of -5 Celcius. The families...
Jan 29 2008 3:01PM
Bloodshed in Kenya, plans for it in Turkey
News of more bloodshed, killings and chaos is coming from Kenya every day at the moment. Despite international mediators installed in the region to bring agreement between the two political leaders, the violence blazes on, leaving hund...
Jan 28 2008 5:04PM
A tale of violence and dictators
This weekend has been a busy one for the press team. Its been a heady mix of dictators and violence. Terrible violent attacks and strife continues to flare up throughout Kenya. 19 people were burned to death yesterday after a mob of fi...
Jan 25 2008 4:25PM
Welcome to President Musharraf
Its all go on Pakistan this weekend. President Pervez Musharraf arrives on these shores later today as part of a four-day visit. As The Telegraph reports , hes already spent most of the week gallivanting around Europe trying to convinc...
Jan 24 2008 5:23PM
Lock them up and throw away the key (for six weeks)
After much delay and a period of supposed consultation, the Home Secretary today published the Counter-Terrorism Bill, accompanied by a media blitz. (Though she was soon upstaged by Peter Hain). I say supposed consultation because, as...
Jan 23 2008 1:54PM
'It's just a domestic ...'
The police are definitely in the news today! I dont know about more bobbies on the beat, but theres definitely quite a lot of the boys and girls in blue on their give us more pay demo: over 18,000 theyre saying . Cant resist repeating...
Jan 22 2008 1:38PM
Keeping the peace
A new Amnesty report has put Darfur back on the news agenda this morning. The report highlights how the security level is worsening for people now living in camps in the region. As the BBC reports, Amnestys concerned that the new UN-le...
Jan 21 2008 5:19PM
Will mediation solve this crisis?
Things are looking up in Kenya as the former UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan arrives to try to help to resolve the political crisis unfolding in that country. But if this weekends events are anything to go by, a lot needs to be done in...
Jan 18 2008 1:36PM
The proverbial broken promise
“If you survive death, big fortune will follow,” one of the passengers on board the plane that crashed at Heathrow yesterday was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying. There were several Chinese faces among the passengers as the plane had...
Jan 17 2008 1:13PM
Stop the violence, cure the sick
Stop the violence, cure the sick. Well its an aspiration. Tragically, for the last 24 hours theres been media report after media report of terrible violence in several spots around the globe - from Sri Lanka (mentioned in yesterdays bl...
Jan 16 2008 2:18PM
Bombing the truce
The bomb which blew up a bus in north-central Sri Lanka proves that the cease fire between the government and the Tamil Tigers is well and truly over. Todays bomb which has killed at least 25 people, including school children has also...
Jan 15 2008 1:51PM
Executions by stoning in Iran
We have a new report out today on Iran, about the horrific practice of stoning people to death. The death penalty is wrong in all cases weve just been crowded round the TV watching Kenny Richey being interviewed by This Morning after h...
Jan 14 2008 1:01PM
Slippery with waterboarding?
The waterboarding row rumbles on. Theres a lot of coverage of remarks from the US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, whos been giving his take on the issue. Waterboarding would be excruciating," hes quoted as saying in a...
Jan 11 2008 9:34AM
Six years on - Close Guantanamo Bay
I'm standing outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, London W1 and infront of me is my colleague Dougald, looking cold and miserable in a tiny cell with iron bars , wearing an orange boiler suit. We're here as part of Amnesty's all...
Jan 10 2008 5:25PM
Blog by Bibi - free at last
The papers have been full of news of Kenny Richeys return to the UK. Kenny, who has spent 20 years on death row in the American state of Ohio after he was dubiously convicted for starting a fire that killed his ex-girlfriends two year...
Jan 9 2008 12:18PM
Tales of the unexpected
The news is full of surprises today. Hillary beats Obama to second place in the New Hampshire primary, the BBC reports that Kenny Richeys flight from Chicago to Edinburgh has been delayed due to bad weather, and people can now sing alo...
Jan 8 2008 2:14PM
Help us close Guantanamo
Well be welcoming Kenny Richey back to the UK from Ohios death row tomorrow, but for me today is devoted to preparing for the anniversary of illegal US detentions at Guantanamo Bay. So todays blog is a plea for your help. This Friday 1...
Jan 7 2008 1:30PM
Back from the dead
Kenny Richey , the Scottish man who was on death row for nearly 21 years is due to be released tonight! Hed already won his main appeal and in a typical American legal deal, he is now pleading no contest to reduced charges of involunta...
Jan 4 2008 1:46PM
Rape as a weapon of war
Amnesty has been at the forefront of campaigning against violence against women over recent years and its through this work that some of the most harrowing tales of human rights abuses reach our desks. This week its been the issue of r...
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