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October 2011 (22)
Oct 31 2011 3:35PM
Bye bye Bashar?
In a rare interview with a Western journalist – the Sunday Telegraph's Andrew Gilligan – Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was quoted yesterday saying that there will be a political "earthquake" in the region if the West intervenes in...
Oct 28 2011 7:02PM
The St Pauls protest: whose camp are you in?
Their causes are too many. They don’t have a cause. They aren’t there all the time because they are part-time protestors who are mostly at work, apart from the professional protestors who are just spongers looking for a fight. They don...
Oct 27 2011 8:11PM
Syria demo: no more blood, no more fear
Earlier this month I blogged about a demo outside the Syrian embassy in London, and how some of the Syrians who attended had travelled hundreds of miles to get there. It was, as people always say in these circumstances, quite humbling...
Oct 26 2011 4:58PM
Gaddafis death is a stain on the new Libya
Earlier this afternoon a colleague in my office remarked on today's Steve Bell cartoon . The one of a bloodied Gaddafi with a Libyan flag protruding from his bottom. She wondered if it went "too far". I don’t know. Those images of a wo...
Oct 25 2011 3:06PM
Mis-treatment in Syrian hospitals
In Britain we’re used to a never-ending debate about “the future of the NHS”. The national health service is one of the shibboleths of British politics (along with support for “the finest armed services in the world” or “the need for s...
Oct 24 2011 1:22PM
Its a new dawn, its a new day
And thousands of Tunisians seemed to be feeling good as they took part in their country’s first free election in 50 years. The Guardian reports that 50-year-old shop assistant Samira queued for hours to be the first to vote in Tunisia'...
Oct 21 2011 6:15PM
Gaddafi is dead- hold the front page
Gaddafi is dead. There can be no more speculation about that, given that pictures of his capture and his corpse are emblazoned across every UK newspapers front page today. The images are graphic, gruesome and disturbing. They have cour...
Oct 20 2011 1:37PM
Central African Republic: A black hole for human rights
It’s not every day that you hear news from Central African Republic or CAR as it’s sometimes called. In fact most in the UK are not even aware of where it is (although perhaps the name is a bit of a giveaway). Because it’s not a countr...
Oct 19 2011 1:36PM
Arms and bolts
When you think about it, there really is little point in closing the stable door once the horse has bolted. That door should have been firmly locked way before the stallion decided to scarper. So when organisations like Amnesty warn go...
Oct 18 2011 6:24PM
Gilad Shalit's release
The release of Galid Shalit is one of those stories that are easy enough to understand in theory, but almost impossible to comprehend in reality. If I had been taken prisoner at the age of 19 and only released five years and four month...
Oct 17 2011 3:53PM
Can we stop Shell abusing human rights?
A guest post from Ben Amunwa of Platform , a UK-based oil watchdog, and an organisation Amnesty has worked with on our Shell in the Niger Delta campaign. Ben asks 'Can we stop Shell abusing human rights?" In the case of Shell in Nigeri...
Oct 14 2011 6:23PM
Syrian ambassador experiences dress down Thursday
News that the Syrian ambassador to the UK, Dr Sami Khiyami , has been given a diplomatic dressing down about Syrian embassy officials intimidating ex-pat Syrians living in Britain is a welcome development. I blogged about this sinister...
Oct 13 2011 12:25AM
Libya: new leaders, old torture
Latest reports are that resistance in the Gaddafi loyalist stronghold of Sirte is "crumbling” after a sustained attack from the National Transitional Council forces (I keep seeing photos of their fighters casually decked out in basebal...
Oct 12 2011 6:52PM
A joke too far, a release not far enough
The release of prisoners of conscience today turned out to be something of a damp squib, a hollow promise. Just yesterday, numbers in the thousands were being bandied around. Today, we are looking at around 120 political prisoners amon...
Oct 11 2011 6:41PM
Amnesty in Burma (not a new section)
I have got a Google alert set up, which sends me any news reports as they break which feature the word “amnesty” with the word “Burma”, and today there has been a deluge of articles flooding in. This time though, the amnesty is the sor...
Oct 10 2011 4:38PM
Stonings in Iran: killing in cold blood
One of the things you sometimes hear from those who support capital punishment is bitter critcism of people who “kill in cold blood”. They say things like: “I don’t think we should have it for all murders, but we should for child kille...
Oct 7 2011 2:57PM
Life is not rock n roll in Afghanistan
“Sometimes life is rock ‘n’ roll”, says one voice in an NBC news report about “the first rock concert in Afghanistan for 35 years”. I don’t know about that. Sounds a bit Beavis and Butthead-ish to me. But the news item – called “Kabul...
Oct 6 2011 7:42PM
Marriage, inconvenience and Liu Xiaobo - one year on
What a difference a year makes. It seems longer in a way since the last announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize , yet on the eve of the revelation of this year’s recipient, I wonder how the intervening year has felt for Chinese dissident...
Oct 5 2011 4:46PM
Tragic consequences for the children of Zimbabwe’s mass evictions
For 700,000 Zimbabweans who were forced to flee their homes in 2005 during the government’s mass eviction programme Operation Murambatsvina, the trauma of the event lingers on even now. Six years on, and the young men and women who wer...
Oct 4 2011 7:01PM
They are not afraid: Syrians abroad defy Assad regime
Yesterday I blogged about how Syrian embassies in at least eight countries are trying to intimidate expat Syrians. They don’t want them outside their embassy buildings in places like London or Washington or Paris, kicking up a fuss abo...
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