May 2012 (22)
May 31 2012 5:39PM
Atrocities in the DRC - another reason for an #armstreaty
The Guardian reports today that ‘ villagers and townspeople in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are facing "extreme violence" with atrocities including mass executions, abductions, mutilations and rapes being committed almost daily...
May 30 2012 6:12PM
The media awards, Mani and the future of journalism
One of the effects of the Leveson inquiry has been to chip away at the reputation of journalism (not a very sturdy edifice even before the hacking scandal), as I‘ve said before on this blog . Meanwhile, today’s news that the editors of...
May 29 2012 4:48PM
Should we chillax about secret justice?
Well, should we? Hmm. I’m actually feeling quite laidback right now so I’ll come back to that particular question in my own sweet time … Instead … a few words about a famously laidback person, David Cameron. He’s promised a proper inve...
May 28 2012 1:57PM
Euro 2012: No place for racism
I’m a bit of a rarity in the office here, I love my sport. Can’t get enough of it. So when the world of human rights and sport collide I’m on it. So tonight’s Panorama programme Stadiums of Hate is a complete must see for me. In it the...
May 25 2012 4:59PM
Azerbaijan's nul points
Tomorrow it’s time to curl up, get that mug of coco, and sit back and take it all in as Europe puts on its glad rags, kicks back its heels and basks in the greatest festival of Europop. Yes, it’s Eurovision time. I’ve got to own up and...
May 24 2012 5:57PM
Amnesty International report 2012
Today, we launched our annual report on the state of the world’s human rights, and it’s been go go go all day. Salil Shetty, our Secretary General, was on 5live morning reports before most of us were up at 5 am, then on BBC news channe...
May 23 2012 4:26PM
Glad to be gay… in Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Latvia?
Back in the late 70s a few of my schoolmates liked the Tom Robinson Band (aka TRB) though, I must admit, I never did. (I can still hear the bass drum thump-thump-thump of their big hit 2-4-6-8 Motorway …er, no thanks). However, I’m ful...
May 22 2012 11:45AM
Time for Shell to listen
In the Hague and London today the faceless shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell will gather for their AGM delighted, no doubt, by profits up 54 per cent and earnings of £18 billion last year. Wonderful. So how exactly can they not justify...
May 21 2012 5:31PM
Women in Afghanistan: OK after Nato?
My new favourite radio show is More Or Less , a BBC Radio 4/Open University programme on ... statistics. Yes, numbers and more numbers. It's far more interesting than you might think. For example, yesterday's MOL discussed the world's...
May 18 2012 8:40AM
Protest songs as a human rights complaint
Last month 40,000 people in Olso sang songs of defiance after Anders Breivik has begun spouting hate at his trial, there are dozens of songs on Soundcloud associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement (tag: “the revolution will be so...
May 17 2012 3:30PM
The Sam Hallam case and why the death penalty should become a relic of the past
The freeing of Sam Hallam , the 24-year east Londoner wrongly-convicted of a murder when he was 18, is a triumph for his family and campaigners who’ve fought for over seven years to overturn his conviction. It’s also a clear reminder o...
May 16 2012 5:20PM
A Mali catastrophe
The worst human rights crisis to face Mali in 50 years . That’s a pretty forbidding statement. But given the scale of killings, rape and number of displacements of Malians as a result of fighting in the north, it’s pretty accurate. Hun...
May 15 2012 5:41PM
Journalism in a dark chamber? Robin Hammond is a reminder that not all hacks are hackers
The story of the Sunday Times’ photojournalist Robin Hammond’s recent ordeal in Zimbabwe is a startling reminder of the risks faced by journalists when they’re trying to cover human rights issues. Trying to photograph would-be refugees...
May 14 2012 2:33PM
Clouds gather as Azerbaijan prepares for Eurovision
Eurovision is nearing and the excitement is mounting. And host nation Azerbaijan has clearly got swept up by it all. The barriers are down. Gone is any pretence. Azerbaijan is sticking to its guns. If you thought that the flood of inte...
May 11 2012 5:25PM
Are you up in arms yet? The countdown is on
As the red-tops are reminding us daily, we have now less than 100 days to go before the London Olympics begin: 77 today to be precise. One countdown which is not featured on the top of the tabloids (or any paper for that matter) is the...
May 10 2012 1:35PM
Abu Qatada: will no-one rid me of this turbulent cleric ...?
… might well be what the Home Secretary Theresa May thinks about Abu Qatada after yet another round of media scrutiny of her decision-making in the case. Naturally no politician wants to suffer sustained public criticism of their judge...
May 9 2012 5:12PM
Here's to the Journalists of tomorrow
It’s been an exciting day, here at the Human Rights Action Centre with our HQ transformed into a lush awards venue. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well, today marks the climax of our Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition and lite...
May 8 2012 6:18PM
Freedom of tweets: how two men in different countries are punished for tweets
A 61-year-old grandfather Amphon Tangnoppakul known as "Uncle SMS" , who was convicted of defaming the Thai queen by text message, has died in jail, whilst serving a 20-year sentence. He had run afoul of Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws, u...
May 4 2012 6:13PM
Chen: Saga far from over, as Amnesty brands assurances "empty"
“Ultimately, if Chen and his family’s desire to live a safe and “normal life” can only be achieved outside China, that will be a real indictment of the Chinese government’s commitment to the rule of law and protecting the human rights...
May 3 2012 4:00PM
Happy WPFD #pressfreedomday!
Don't blame Twitter for the views of its users, declares Louise Mensch today. In a string of news reports, the Tory MP has defended the social media platform having received a flood of obscene and sexist comments on her Twitter page. W...
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