Press release me, let me go | Archive 2011 September | Amnesty International UK
September 2011 (21)
Sep 29 2011 6:09PM
the grave consequence of refusing to recant in Iran
Concern continues to mount for the 34 year old Iranian Christian pastor who has refused to recant his faith and so now faces the threat of a death sentence. Amnesty has closely monitored the situation of Yousef Nadarkhani, a pastor of...
Sep 28 2011 6:52PM
Fear of flying for Sri Lanka’s returned asylum seekers
Nobody should be deported from the UK if they are at risk of torture. Yet today, perhaps even as you read this, a plane carrying Sri Lankan asylum-seekers is returning them to Sri Lanka, and their safety cannot be guaranteed. The detai...
Sep 27 2011 7:04PM
Amnesty accuses Thai insurgents of war crimes
Google Thailand and what you get are hotels, weather forecasts, pictures of beaches and cocktails, salads and seafood, backpacking blogs and travel guides. You have to scroll down some way before you get to any nitty gritty news. So it...
Sep 26 2011 3:04PM
Saudi Arabia: men still in the driving seat
"Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others… to involve women in the Shura Council [the advisory body, appointed by the...
Sep 23 2011 6:47PM
Baby Doc’s friends throws temper tantrums so Amnesty ups the volume
It's not often that an Amnesty press conference itself becomes the news story. The last time I can recall this happening was during a visit by Amnesty’s former Secretary General, which we blogged on here . Normally we hope that the new...
Sep 22 2011 3:54PM
Troy Davis: a life extinguished, a campaign that isn’t
As the Guardian's Ed Pilkington's article suggests , the twists and turns in the last days and hours of Troy Davis's life were a form of torture in themselves. His 10 reasons why the execution should not have gone ahead sum it all up p...
Sep 21 2011 4:37PM
Join the dots: the death penalty is wrong
What connects these three things? 1: A 17-year old in Iran who had a violent encounter with Iran’s “strongest man”? 2: A 35-year-old Pakistani man in China accused of drug smuggling? 3: A 42-year-old African-American man in the US stat...
Sep 20 2011 6:12PM
Troy Davis decision: a terrible day for US justice
Kate Allen has called it “a terrible day for US justice” and that just about sums it up. The decision by the US state of Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles to deny clemency to Troy Davis is a shocker. No physical evidence, seven ou...
Sep 19 2011 5:04PM
Censors sharpen their teeth in China
The Chinese censors have been back to their old ways this week. Famed of course for banning many a website – this one included – the censors have now turned their attention to television and microblogging.First to face the wrath of the...
Sep 16 2011 4:40PM
TooMuchDoubt – plea for Troy goes global
Hundreds of events are today taking place in countries around the world to stop the execution of Troy Davis, which is scheduled to take place next week Wednesday. The first began in Hong Kong and here in London, at 5pm, Council of Euro...
Sep 15 2011 7:07PM
Arms for the poor show
Sales exhibitions are normally associated with fabrics, garden furniture, pottery or sometimes gourmet catering (arent they?), but this week, Londons Docklands has been playing host to the DSEi arms fair . It had never occurred to me t...
Sep 14 2011 7:18PM
PR stunts and power struggles – not at the expense of human lives
The press team has been pretty busy here at the Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch as we’ve played host to near on 100 students from up and down the UK who have a keen interest in journalism and human rights. It’s been encouragin...
Sep 13 2011 12:50PM
Libya: no joke then, no joke now
There’s a tendency in some quarters to relish the depiction of dictators as buffoonish figures. So, mocking their taste in furnishings ( "despot chic" ) or noting that they keep pet tigers or like to issue decrees re-naming the months,...
Sep 12 2011 6:44PM
Men's wretchedness in soothe I so deplore: Cameron in Russia
Things have turned rather Russian today. First Andrew Marr started the week with his Radio 4 programme entirely devoted to the mighty Soviet writer Vasily Grossman . If you've never come across this fantastic journalist and novelist of...
Sep 12 2011 6:33PM
‘Twas the night before Human Rights Day...
...and all across the country people have been writing letters for our Write For Rights campaign. Or writing about us writing letters in local newspapers . We have had a huge haul of those over the last few weeks, including a load of l...
Sep 9 2011 5:29PM
Baha Mousa: a tragic case from a painful decade
The public inquiry into the army’s responsibility for the death of the 26-year-old Iraqi hotel receptionist Baha Mousa and the mistreatment of other Iraqi detainees in Basra in 2003 has described a “corporate failure” in the British ar...
Sep 8 2011 6:18PM
Troy Davis: too much doubt
In music circles they call it “retromania” . An endless recycling of old styles, inhibiting progress. It leads to things like a revival of “shoegaze” or prog rock. To me it sometimes feels like retromania with the way there’s a periodi...
Sep 7 2011 2:31PM
Sri Lanka's war inquiry is flawed warns Amnesty
Amnesty has released a report today , on the failings of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The Commission was established by the Sri Lankan government to examine atrocities committed in the brutal closing...
Sep 6 2011 5:58PM
Twitter ye not
It is the stuff of nightmares. Learning that local schools are getting attacked by armed gangs . Entirely predictably, after news broke that children were being killed in their classrooms, parents in Veracruz in south-east Mexico jumpe...
Sep 5 2011 5:53PM
TPIMs: Franz Kafka’s missing work (warning: a long story ...)
I don’t know about you, but I value my personal freedoms. Choosing where to go, when to go there. Basic stuff. I also accept there can be limitations. On Saturday, for example, I was driving in Tower Hamlets in east London and suddenly...
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