Press release me, let me go | Archive 2008 October | Amnesty International UK
October 2008 (23)
Oct 31 2008 1:47PM
The situation grows more desperate no, not the Russell Brand row
If ever there was a ‘water cooler moment’ it was the row about Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross that has dominated the news all week. We don’t have water coolers here at Amnesty so people exchange views in the kitchen and I’ve been amaz...
Oct 30 2008 1:23PM
Theres only one Barcelona: the case of Yassine Bellasal
As anyone who’s visited our office in east London will know, Amnesty UK HQ is located in an untidy area of Shoreditch. But I like it. It’s hip, it’s happening and it’s got a lot of messy – and sometimes quite attractive – graffiti all...
Oct 29 2008 5:24PM
Crisis in Congo
The conflict bubbling across the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo between rebel groups and the government’s armed forces is dominating much of the international news agenda. Channel Four News opened last night's progr...
Oct 28 2008 11:58AM
Torture and soup
No, it’s not one of the lesser-known stories from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but a Radio 4 programme from last night. I don’t catch as much R4 evening radio as I’d like to (whenever I tune into this 8pm slot I nearly always stumble ac...
Oct 27 2008 11:46AM
Launching We Are All Born Free
Now this year is a little bit special for us at Amnesty International. Why? I hear you ask. Well, it’s the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (try saying that in a snappy way). And tonight sees the launch of...
Oct 24 2008 1:30PM
BloggerSwap08 - the verdict
Our new “Blogger Swap” with the Telegraph got off to a flying start yesterday with a slightly-inflammatory blog about the death penalty by yours truly, which (predictably) stirred things up a bit. Comments were still coming as of this...
Oct 23 2008 1:56PM
The siege of Troy Davis
I’ve written about it a couple of times already so won’t go through all the ins and outs, but just pose this question? Is the US state of Georgia really going to execute Troy Davis ? Yes, I know a trial jury found him guilty, a judge s...
Oct 22 2008 5:34PM
The dog ate my homework...
My first day back at work after a year’s maternity leave – with a horrible feeling of being back at school and not having done my homework! I might foolishly have hoped that after a whole year away from Amnesty I’d come back to find th...
Oct 21 2008 1:10PM
deadly consequences of a flawed justice system
Although I’ve worked at Amnesty for nearly three years, I never stop being shocked at some of the reports we receive about the dreadfully cruel and inhumane way people are treated around the world. And today’s report about life for men...
Oct 20 2008 3:21PM
La Camorra, un gruppo Talibanese or why the Naples mafia are Italys very own Taliban
You can almost pass over the seemingly endless reports of yet more Taliban killings in Afghanistan or Pakistan. That, sadly, is how it seems to go with a bleak “fixed” situation. “Oh, more Taliban killings. Right”. You almost need to r...
Oct 17 2008 1:29PM
Freedom to grow old
Ever had that moment when you suddenly realise you’re getting old? Alexander Chancellor writes in the Guardian of how he refuses offers of a seat on the tube because he doesn’t want to be thought of as old. The people offering their se...
Oct 16 2008 6:01PM
Pinochet's legacy
What’s the first thing you think of when you think of General Pinochet? Dictator? Military junta? Chile? Well for us at Amnesty, we would probably agree with most of that, but we would defnitely have to add one other element: the impac...
Oct 15 2008 1:37PM
Mercury Rev: has a Russian human rights lawyer been poisoned?
There’s very worrying news around about the possible poisoning of leading Russian human rights lawyer Karinna Moskalenko. The French police have started an investigation after she and her family became ill on Monday. It seems the Frenc...
Oct 14 2008 1:41PM
<i>Do</i> fear the reaper: Saudi executions
There was a sort of collective gasp in the office last week. People were circulating a news report about an influential Saudi cleric called Sheikh Habadan. He was on Saudi TV saying women should wear a niqab (full veil) but with only o...
Oct 13 2008 1:11PM
New viral film against 42 days
Today we released a fantastic new online film called "Sleepwalk", the next phase in our campaign against UK government plans to extend detention without charge limits to 42 days. It feels like Ive been working on nothing else for the l...
Oct 10 2008 3:10PM
The people power of Pakistan
Big up to the people of Pakistan. We at Amnesty always talk about creating mass movements, but frankly we’ve been dwarfed by what’s happening there.A campaign called Yeh Hum Naheen – This is Not Us – and financed by British and Indones...
Oct 9 2008 1:40PM
Independent takes the lead on India
Every morning the media team comes together to run through what’s happening in the world. And for the last few weeks I’ve been banging on about India and the unfolding crisis in the northern state of Orissa.Dozens of people have been k...
Oct 8 2008 3:56PM
Angry? Not as angry as the US government
So, the US is angry because a US judge has ruled that 17 ethnic Uighur detainees held at Guantánamo Bay should be released into the United States. And who wouldn’t be in their place? What’s the world coming to when you can’t hold a few...
Oct 7 2008 5:48PM
Women drivers in Iran: are they wearing their seatbelts?
At first glance there’s something ridiculous about news of Iran’s “gender sensitive car ”. Could it even be a hoax story? (Well, apparently not). A government-backed Iranian car company called Iran Khodro is launching it next June, to...
Oct 6 2008 6:37PM
42 days: is this parrot dead or just resting?
Is 42 days ‘politically dead’? Nick Robinson of the BBC says so , and the UK political blogosphere have all reported as much – though most are just reiterating what he said. If its corpse still seems to be twitching it may just be beca...
1/2
1/2