April 2008 (21)
Apr 30 2008 11:29AM
Torchure (get it?)
The 100-day countdown to the Beijing Olympics starts today and to mark it we’ve released the first of four brilliant animated films and a shiny new Human Rights for China website. The first film’s called Torchure (get it?) and highligh...
Apr 29 2008 2:06PM
Was MI5 complicit in torture?
Last week we were busy launching “Stuff of Life” – a short film exposing what’s involved in waterboarding, the partial drowning of suspects during interrogation. The excellent Malcolm Nance, an American security expert now strongly opp...
Apr 28 2008 2:04PM
Shocking acts in the name of honour
The Observer reported a shocking story yesterday about an Iraqi teenage girl who was murdered by her father for falling in love with a British soldier. 17-year-old Rand Abdel-Qader was subjected to an ‘honour’ killing after her family...
Apr 25 2008 12:57PM
Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot
The ubiquitous adverts say “War. Revolution. Family. Punk rock. All part of growing up”. And the “Punk is not ded” illustration is dead-on smart marketing. So, altogether then, every reason to be suspicious of “Persepolis”. It’s an ove...
Apr 24 2008 2:28PM
Pass the parcel, recounts and a singing PM
Its Thursday. So it must be Zimbabwe. To the naked eye (and ear) the news filtering out of Harare looks relatively positive.There was the aborted pass-the-parcel game with a shipload of arms from China destined for the land-locked coun...
Apr 23 2008 5:20PM
Double Demo
Today’s blog comes from behind the placards as Amnesty International UK took to the streets for two very different causes. The day started off in Westminster outside Portcullis House for several Amnesty activists. They were joined by h...
Apr 22 2008 1:58AM
Waterboarding: is it a slam dunk?
If youre a US talk radio host and youve got the vice-president on your station, youre going to put a few listeners questions to him, right? Right. Well thats what Scott Hennen did on station WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota, back in October...
Apr 21 2008 3:35PM
Egalite and Fraternite but what about the other one?
I was in Paris this weekend for the Winning Press Freedom conference , featuring a fantastic line-up of experts and journalists looking at reporting conditions in China. We heard from the BBC’s foreign news editor and the head of AP Sp...
Apr 18 2008 7:20PM
Front line reporting
Looking ahead to this years Media Awards as a celebration of Human Rights reporting there have been a few reminders in the news of the dangers faced by journalists as they cover stories in volatile regions. We need only cast our minds...
Apr 17 2008 7:26PM
Trust me, I'm an executioner
Phew, thats ok then! Death penalty states in American can now go back to executing people with lethal injections. The Supreme Court has ruled that there is nothing unconstitutional about these killings and that the state of Kentucky an...
Apr 16 2008 3:45PM
How many women are there in Gordon Browns Cabinet?
That’s what we were asking each other in our team meeting this morning as we discussed the news which seems to centre rather a lot around women today. Most of us struggled to get past two. (If you can reach the right answer within 10 s...
Apr 15 2008 2:40PM
Cheating the hangman
Do you remember the scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly* when Clint Eastwood shoots down his Mexican partner just at the moment the hangmans noose tightens around his neck? Clints the sharpshooter, and the two are working a scheme...
Apr 14 2008 4:12PM
Still waiting...
Two weeks later and the people of Zimbabwe still have no idea who the country’s official president is because elections results have still not been declared. The BBC is reporting that a high court judge will decide on whether the elect...
Apr 10 2008 2:08PM
Nepal on a knife-edge
“Mass shooting slays most of Royal family’. No, it didn’t happen here but remember the extraordinary day when a Crown Prince shot dead most of Nepal’s Royals , including his father King Birendra, before turning the gun on himself? It w...
Apr 9 2008 1:50PM
And staying with Niger
Is it NIger (stress on the beginning)? Or is it NigER (long stress on the end)? A whole country and I’m not sure how to pronounce it. And neither, I’ve noticed, do British news-readers when (rarely) they have a news report from there t...
Apr 8 2008 2:15PM
Amnesty and Express put spotlight on Egyptians
Today we here in the press office thought wed take our lead from the Daily Express. So like the Desmond title we are going to give Egyptians our attention.However, sadly for those gossip-lovers out there, were not talking about the Pri...
Apr 7 2008 4:42PM
Passions burn as Olympic Torch reaches London
One of the things that I enjoy about working in the media is being in the thick of key moments as they happen. Until yesterday my two top faves were helping to cover events at Canary Wharf on September 11, 2001 for BBC London, and work...
Apr 6 2008 11:10AM
Sending a message to China from Nottingham
I'm in Nottingham at the Amnesty AGM – yesterday 300 of us laid red roses to spell 'Human Rights for China' in solidarity with the Tiananmen Mothers, who each year are prevented from doing likewise to commemorate the killing of their c...
Apr 4 2008 2:05PM
Burning issues with China
Barely a day goes by at the moment without the Chinese authorities’ appalling human rights record falling into the spotlight, and today is no exception.Sadly, early yesterday morning the human rights activist Hu Jia was sentenced to pr...
Apr 3 2008 2:16PM
Reclaiming 'honour'
The sickening death of Banaz Mahmod is widely covered today. This, you’ll remember, is the case of the young Kurdish woman who was killed by members of her family in London for the “crime” of having a lover her family didn’t approve of...
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