Press release me, let me go | Archive 2012 June | Amnesty International UK
June 2012 (17)
Jun 29 2012 5:30PM
Pakistan’s moratorium on executions hangs in the balance
Behram Khan, is scheduled for execution in Karachi, Pakistan this Saturday (tomorrow). If he is hanged, it will be the first death sentence carried out in Pakistan since 2008 , effectively ending an unofficial moratorium in the country...
Jun 28 2012 1:10PM
Weapons that pass through under the radar
So we’ve blogged quite a lot recently about guns, tanks and other such weapons. And if you were following @newsfromamnesty, @amnestyuk, or @dontgetfooled yesterday no doubt you would have seen some rather interesting photographs of a t...
Jun 27 2012 6:31PM
Syria’s war … on human rights
It’s war, says Assad, and indeed the conflict in Syria is more and more beginning to resemble a full-blown armed conflict. Yesterday’s fighting in the suburbs of Damascus seems to have been particularly bloody, with reports of “dozens”...
Jun 26 2012 1:53PM
Dogs that don’t bark, elephants that stay quiet: Jonathan Evans’ speech and torture
Please be aware that the video content in this post contains scenes of graphic violence which some users may find distressing. The head of MI5 Jonathan Evans has made another of those “rare” speeches (aren’t these MI5 speeches always c...
Jun 25 2012 6:43PM
UK policing may take a shocking turn for the worse
Today I had a rather amicable chat with a representative from the police force. It was actually live on BBC Radio Hull, and I think our pleasant exchange took both of us – and the presenter – by surprise. Essentially we were on the BBC...
Jun 22 2012 4:35PM
The delicate balance of justice
Talk of the Death penalty in the UK seems like a remnant of the distant past, long consigned to history. The last sentence to be carried out was in 1964, and the highly controversial case of Ruth Ellis , the last woman to be executed i...
Jun 21 2012 2:48PM
There's only one way for Bahrain to fix its PR problem
Bahrain is a country with a PR problem. No country that brutally crushes protests, rounding up and detaining opposition leaders, medical workers, teachers, journalists and students, is going to look great in the eyes of the world. So,...
Jun 20 2012 9:52AM
Students are #upinarms in Westminster
When you see a swarm of young people making a bee-line for one place in a hurry, you may think one thing: “ice cream truck!” especially in today’s glorious sunshine. But in actual fact, today about 150 students from schools and univers...
Jun 19 2012 2:40PM
Yey to Aung San Suu Kyi, now for the rest...
It’s taken a while but Aung San Suu Kyi last night was finally able to get her hands on Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience award. She got the honour from Bono, he of U2 fame, at a special concert in Dublin as The Telegraph reported thi...
Jun 18 2012 2:30PM
Big up Google
Here’s something I didn’t think I’d ever say: Big up Google! I’ll own up straight away, I’m a yahoo user – it’s my search engine of choice and the host for my personal email account. So it was always going to take something special for...
Jun 15 2012 6:32PM
Get the flags out, Aung San Suu Kyi is coming
Looking back at previous blog posts, it is almost surreal to be writing in anticipation of Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Dublin and London next week. But here we are. She has already visited Switzerland, and greeted Amnesty members there...
Jun 14 2012 3:52PM
Why is the world standing by when we are literally being slaughtered?
People were obviously desparate to tell their stories in the hope that if the world knew what was really happening to them the world would do something. The one question that kept being repeated was: Why is the world standing by while...
Jun 13 2012 5:09PM
Ooh Ahh: Cantona calls for release of Palestinian footballer
While the eyes of Europe are on the football, racism and heavy handed policing in Poland and Ukraine as Euro 2012 dominates our TV screens, a footballing legend of old has quietly put his name to a campaign to free a fellow player on h...
Jun 12 2012 1:37PM
An AK-47 - often the 'credit card' for FARDC soldiers
In less than three weeks, dignitaries from all over the world will grace the corridors of the United Nations building in New York to mark the start of talks for one of the most important and historic pieces of legislation the world has...
Jun 8 2012 1:43PM
Euro 2012 ministerial boycott overlooks widespread human rights abuses
It’s interesting that the British ministers boycotting the group stages of Euro 2012 have chosen to take a stance against Ukraine’s human rights record by highlighting the case of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. The boycott...
Jun 7 2012 10:07AM
#DontDowIt, do this...
Update - 7 June, 6pm : It seems Lord Coe has decided to respond to our calls for an apology by blocking our direct email service! You can still reach him on Twitter and email the organisers from your own address . You might just have h...
Jun 1 2012 3:54PM
No easy walk in (Central?) park for the barefoot lawyer
Does it ever stop for Chen Guangcheng? He is one of the most iconic human rights defenders of our generation. A blind, self-trained lawyer in China, he worked tirelessly to try and help poor rural people in their land disputes and over...