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September 2010 (22)
Sep 30 2010 2:55PM
This sporting life: forced evictions, modern slavery

For weeks there have been stories of hundreds of thousands of poor people being forcibly evicted to make way for the Commonwealth Games in India, and now comes a report that thousands of poor women and girls in India are being enticed...

Sep 29 2010 1:25PM
Ed Miliband: another new dawn?

I was blowing off steam the other day on Twitter about how I disliked the Channel Four trail for the recent More4 Miliband of Brothers drama. Actually I just didn’t like how they’d used Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, a soapy...

Sep 28 2010 4:55PM
Officials comments add new confusion to Ashtiani stoning case

The case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, facing execution in Iran by stoning or hanging, for adultery or murder, is as complicated as it is unjust. This situation is not helped by recent statements by Iranian officials, including...

Sep 28 2010 4:47PM
Officials comments add new confusion to Ashtiani stoning case

The case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, facing execution in Iran by stoning or hanging, for adultery or murder, is as complicated as it is unjust. This situation is not helped by recent statements by Iranian officials, including...

Sep 27 2010 4:45PM
Will family baton change, change North Korea?

It’s taken a while, but tomorrow could signal the start of change in the secretive state of North Korea.Tomorrow, the ruling Workers’ Party are expected to anoint Kim Jong-un as the country’s new leader. The 27-year-old will replace...

Sep 24 2010 2:00PM
Saffron suffering goes on

It is three years on from the iconic “Saffron Revolution” when protestors swept through the streets of Burma. The world watched with bated breath, as footage captured by brave and clandestine reporters revealed the largest show of...

Sep 22 2010 4:50PM
MI6 consulted David Miliband on interrogations - cause for concern?

The Guardian’s front page today carries some interesting allegations that that David Miliband, when he was Foreign Secretary, personally authorised interrogations of detainees in countries with poor human rights records. Apparently he...

Sep 21 2010 6:57PM
The Ashtiani counter-attack: President Ahmadinejad bowls himself with a googly

To me it’s an unexpected twist. The Iranian establishment has launched an apparently calculated counter-attack over the Ashtiani stoning case. First Iranian MPs and official Iranian news agencies have issued seemingly coordinated...

Sep 20 2010 2:28PM
MDG = Must Devote Greater?

Attention? Resources? Commitment? Finances? Or perhaps all of the above and of course, Greater focus on human rights. Today’s media is abuzz with the opening of the United Nations Summit in New York where world leaders will meet to...

Sep 17 2010 1:22PM
Security lottery of the Afghan poll

Tomorrow is decision time for the people of Afghanistan, as the people of the war-torn country go to the polls. And to be honest the prospect of the elections going smoothly has never been more remote.We’ve already heard of harrowing...

Sep 16 2010 4:12PM
One pregnant woman dies every 90 seconds hardly progress

The UN announced yesterday that the number of women dying each year due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by 34 per cent, from about 546,000 in 1990 to 358,000 in 2008, according to their report "Trends in...

Sep 15 2010 6:54PM
A '------- --------' [please fill in as appropriate] foreign policy: will Hague fill the gap?

“Ethical” foreign policy. Putting human rights “at the heart of” our foreign policy. Successive foreign secretaries have promoted – or end up being associating with – foreign policies with particular labels. Judging by early reaction...

Sep 14 2010 1:50PM
Some welcome news for campaigners against stoning in Iran

Is the international outcry, against Iran sentencing Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to be stoned to death, having an impact? It’s what has kept her alive, according to a story in the Times today. They report that Hossein Alizadeh, an...

Sep 13 2010 12:00PM
Mercy mission: the case of Ramze Shihab Ahmed

A Briton going on a “mission” to get a relative “out of a foreign jail” is one of those media staples that you see every now and again. These stories can be a little queasy – there’s often a whiff of chauvinism in the standard...

Sep 10 2010 6:43PM
Desperately seeking asylum

Thehotly anticipated release of Tony Blair’s memoirs last week created a mediastorm and brought the subject of the Iraq war back into the news. Much lessreported is the plight of the refugees who have fled the conflict. Today’sGuardian...

Sep 9 2010 5:44PM
Chen Guangcheng: a drop in the ocean

The release from prison of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng is a tiny drop in an ocean of repression in China. But a drop is better than nothing at all. Chen is relatively well-known as the blind, self-taught...

Sep 8 2010 5:49PM
Sometimes no news is good news

That seems true for the Democratic Republic of Congo at the moment. Papers, blogs and broadcasts have been awash with a variety of news stories from the DRC in recent days. And they've not been particularly positive. Over the weekend...

Sep 7 2010 6:05PM
Ashtiani: more news, mostly bad

The latest news on Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman at risk of stoning in Iran, is far from reassuring. It's being claimed that she’s been lashed – 99 times – because a photograph of her without a chador covering has been...

Sep 6 2010 1:50PM
Like otters and kingfishers: human rights in the Labour leadership contest

As I said during the general election campaign (remember that?!), none of the parties were really talking about human rights then. And the same is basically true in the Labour leadership contest now. Yesterday’s one-and-half-hour...

Sep 2 2010 5:43PM
Walking in a student wonderland

It’s been all go today at the Human Rights Action Centre. The building has been swamped by over 100 student journalists from across the country.The reason? Amnesty and the National Union of Students’ two-day media summit.It’s a totally...