March 2011 (23)
Mar 31 2011 1:42PM
UK Government's human rights report shows failures to stop arms getting into the wrong hands
My advocacy colleagues have been enjoying the lavish surroundings of the Foreign and Commonwealth office today, following the launch of the FCO’s annual report on human rights and democracy. It’s a publication that we think is importan...
Mar 30 2011 5:49PM
Boundary dispute
Is sport imitating life, or life imitating sport? How much did you pay for your ticket? And, perhaps the most important question of all, who’s going to win? As Asia’s goliaths of cricket square up on the pitch, the recent animosity and...
Mar 29 2011 5:58PM
The extraordinary affair of Iman al-Obeidi
Ever since Saturday when she burst into a press conference in a hotel in Tripoli, the world’s media has been riveted. Iman al-Obeidi , a previously unknown but apparently fearless Libyan woman, had the nerve to barge into a government-...
Mar 28 2011 1:02PM
Do you know the day on which youre going to die?  
No, I don’t suppose you do. I’ve seen this grim question around a few times, one of those reel-in-the-curious-punter tags on the internet that get people clicking on commercial horoscope sites or whatever. Leaving aside a few specific...
Mar 25 2011 6:16PM
The pen and the penalty
Liu Xianbin was jailed this week , for 10 years. Guess what the offence was? Something heinous, something violent, something depraved, I hear you cry. Close, but no cigar. He wrote an essay. He actually wrote a number of articles which...
Mar 24 2011 5:04PM
Politics turned into turf war
Watching George Osborne deliver the Budget yesterday reminded me how it’s been nearly a year since we were gripped by the uncertainty of the outcome of a general election here in the UK. Living in a country without a formed government...
Mar 23 2011 2:22PM
Egypts sickening forced virginity tests punish and humiliate women protesters
Today’s revelation from Amnesty that women protesters in Egypt were detained and subjected to forced ‘virginity tests ’, after being strip-searched as male soldiers looked on taking photographs, shows the extent of the challenges facin...
Mar 22 2011 6:08PM
Libya 2011: weve been here before - civilians at risk
"In his compound", "human shields", "mandate for attacks", "strategic assets": when the world's media is using this language it can easily feel like we're back in the early days of the Iraq invasion in March 2003. But this is Libya, 20...
Mar 21 2011 1:01PM
Keeping Kashmir in the spotlight
With air strikes in Libya (see the Sun and the BBC ), mass demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East ( Mail and the Independent ) and the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan ( Telegraph and Express ) dominating the news...
Mar 18 2011 5:48PM
Arms against a sea of troubles: civilians at risk in Libya
I've seen a lot of commentators in the media saying that they genuinely don't know whether a UN-authorised military intervention in Libya is a good or a bad idea. There appears to be genuine uncertainty. To use Simon Tisdall's formulat...
Mar 17 2011 12:18PM
Bahrain: an increasingly sick situation
It’s bad enough that the Bahraini security forces have been using shotguns, tear gas and even high-powered rifles to attack peaceful demonstrators in Manama’s Pearl Roundabout and numerous other locations in Bahrain. But to also attack...
Mar 16 2011 12:12PM
Roma children grow up poor, dirty and sick in Slovenia
A new report (and video ) just released from Amnesty shows how Roma people within the EU are being discriminated against, leaving them forced to live in cramped, dirty housing without clean water or electricity. The report looks at Slo...
Mar 15 2011 5:56PM
Eleven years in detention without charge. Could it now get worse?
Can you remember what you were doing in February 2000? I’ve been racking my brains and I really haven’t a clue. Gabrielle was at Number one in the charts with ‘Rise’, apparently – any idea how that goes? And do you remember Finland’s e...
Mar 14 2011 1:39PM
Torture: a nudge is as good as a wink
A nudge is as good as a wink to a blind bat, as Monty Python’s Eric Idle once said . And I think I know what he means. So, when former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf pops up on TV to talk about how as a national leader you need t...
Mar 11 2011 4:53PM
16 down, 34 to go!
Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to abolish the death penalty across Illinois couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Particularly for the 15 men who were on death row across the US state. The mid-western state – for which President Obama p...
Mar 10 2011 2:17PM
A fathers plea to Prince Andrew
Amnesty has been campaigning for Eynulla Fətullayev , a wrongly-imprisoned newspaper editor from Azerbaijan, for some time now. Today his father – who has received death threats after campaigning for his son’s release issued an impassi...
Mar 9 2011 2:27PM
Who lives in a house like this?
Charge or release. Them’s your options. We have heard it before. In fact, if word documents had predictive text, that might well be our default sentence here at Amnesty. When you hear about people currently being held in detention, in...
Mar 8 2011 12:21PM
Sexism is dead.... Is it?
Happy 100th International Women’s Day! A day when the world both celebrates the economic and social progress of women and girls globally, and stops to consider whether gender equality has been achieved. According to today’s Daily Mail,...
Mar 7 2011 5:49PM
Saudi Arabia has people as well as oil, remember?
As the financial markets fret increasingly about the impact of Middle East protests on Saudi Arabia and the knock-on effects on oil supply and western diplomacy in the region, it’s important to remember that the country has people as w...
Mar 4 2011 1:54PM
the story of a woman in a 100 years
Next week Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and already, we’re seeing various media outlets are giving a nod to this day of celebration. Online site Femalefirst.co.uk has reported on a great selection of...
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