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May 2010 (18)
May 28 2010 6:21PM
Jamaica violence - not an excuse to abandon human rights

It’s been nearly a week since the violence in the beautifully-named Tivoli Gardens in Jamaica escalated, and still the situation is not under control. The Voice of America reports that the death toll has now reached 73 and hundreds of...

May 27 2010 1:04AM
Swots of the world unite: read the Amnesty Report 2010

I’m not sure it’s entirely fashionable to say so these days, but I’m a big fan of reading. Reading books. When I’m not “building networks on social media”, in my spare time I like to plough through off-puttingly large novels, the...

May 26 2010 2:49PM
Iranian film-makers still detained after Panahis release

Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi was released from Iran’s Evin prison yesterday on bail of £140,000, following a campaign from such luminaries as Juliette Binoche – holding up a sign with his name as she collected the Cannes’ Best...

May 25 2010 7:30PM
In a Jam (aica)

After a long period of being neglected in the UK press, Jamaica is on the front pages. It is easy to see why. The story is a fascinating and compelling one. Residents of the poorest community in Kingston, have barricaded the streets to...

May 21 2010 12:37PM
Hague announces a UK 'torture inquiry'

The Guardian broke the news last night of Foreign Secretary William Hague’s announcement that there would be a judicial inquiry into UK complicity in torture. Quite right, too, that it should be journalist Ian Cobain who got the scoop...

May 20 2010 6:22PM
Love, labour, loss

Malawian couple sentenced to 14 years of hard labour. This Monday, 17 May, was the annual International Day Against Homophobia. A designated day for the world to reflect on the treatment of LGBT people. In a country like Britain...

May 19 2010 7:36PM
UK government: a civil partnership?

Lots of discussion today of UK civil liberties, following Nick Clegg’s speech, Theresa May on the Today Programme and of course the decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) yesterday not to deport two Pakistani...

May 18 2010 1:53PM
Apologies as FT pulls our Shell ad

You go to all the hard work and then at the last moment it all goes a bit ‘Pete Tong’. Welcome to the world of Amnesty’s press office. Yesterday we were utterly convinced that our ad highlighting Shell’s behaviour in the Niger Delta...

May 17 2010 6:01PM
Shell: the battle lines are drawn

The Barbican. The big oil company. And us. The battleground: pollution and corporate responsibility. The collateral: a global brand, multi-millionaire shareholders and hard-nosed PR executives against hundreds of activists, an ad and...

May 14 2010 2:59PM
Mr Hague goes to Washington

… and like “Mr Smith” in the Capra film classic, he takes on the vested interests of the Washington political machinery and undergoes a personal transformation in the process. He comes back home a wiser, sadder man, but one who has...

May 13 2010 3:56PM
It's just not cricket in Sri Lanka

OK I’ll own up. I’m a big sports fan. And today I’ll have to admit that I’ve got half an eye on events in St Lucia.At 4.30 this afternoon England take on Sri Lanka for a place in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup. Can the England...

May 12 2010 4:12PM
An empty seat on the Cannes festival jury

The Cannes Film Festival opens today, but come Friday one seat on the prestigious Cannes jury panel will be empty. Acclaimed film director Ja’far Panahi was due to join the jury panel, chaired this year by Tim Burton, but he is...

May 11 2010 1:33PM
Bagram: where time stands still

Hundreds of prisoners held without charge or trial by the United States on “security” grounds in a remote and inaccessible military camp without access to lawyers or the courts. Where have we heard that before? Guantánamo, right? No...

May 10 2010 12:29PM
Amnesty get slick with fundraising call to take on Shell

A number of oil-related stories popped up today in the media. Firstly there’s a new Greenpeace report out that warns that British motorists are unwitting users of diesel and petrol derived from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, which...

May 7 2010 12:57PM
Election deals on wheels: human rights fall under a bus

It is, as they say, all very fluid. The Lib Dems + Conservatives? A Lib-Lab pact? Tories plus the Democratic Unionist Party? David Cameron, Caroline Lucas and Amnesty International? OK, I made that last one up. That’s right, Amnesty...

May 6 2010 5:15PM
Snatched by aliens? No, by armed men in the North Caucasus

As the (appropriately-named) Sun reports today, a senior Russian leader’s claim that he was abducted by aliens is … well, unusual. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia, has been on TV in Russia saying...

May 5 2010 5:51PM
The Irom lady worlds longest hunger striker

On 2 November 2000, ten people waiting for a bus in a village in the Indian province of Manipur were shot dead by a group of paramilitaries. The next day, deeply upset by the bus stop killings, Sharmila Irom began her hunger strike...

May 4 2010 5:54PM
Court quashes government attempts at secrecy over abuse collusion claims

The Court of Appeal ruled today that secret evidence cannot be used in a civil damages claim being brought by six former Guantanamo Bay detainees. It’s a victory for justice, transparency and accountability and hopefully strikes a blow...