August 2012 (21)
Aug 31 2012 5:18PM
Rash executions aren't the solution President Jammeh
It may be a pretty popular tourist destination. But The Gambia also holds one of the worst human rights records across West Africa. Under the direction of the country’s President Yahya Jammeh. You may remember when ‘witch doctors’ roun...
Aug 30 2012 5:11PM
The day of the disappeared
The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who "disappeared". That's what the candle is for. – Peter Benenson It wasn’...
Aug 29 2012 3:38PM
The job of hangman: no applicants need apply, now or ever
Today is day two of interviews for the job of national hangman in Sri Lanka. Yes, that’s right. If you haven’t got your application in yet, you probably won’t be in the running. Hmm. It’s a grim prospect. A job vacancy for the Sri Lank...
Aug 28 2012 1:20PM
Exposing the world of mining and Vedanta
It’s all happening in the world of mining today. The great and good of the mining industry are gathering in London for the AGM of FTSE 100 company Vedanta. So what exactly is Vedanta? Without wishing to scream: ‘Where have you been!’ h...
Aug 24 2012 1:38PM
Bahrain’s camera-shy king visits Downing Street
Blink and you’ll have missed it, but yesterday there was another one of those flying visits to Downing Street by Bahrain’s jet-setting King Hamad. It’s one of several he’s made to the UK lately. David Cameron will be getting quite fami...
Aug 23 2012 2:21PM
Syria’s suffering is still the main story
The Olympics have come and gone. The Pussy Riot trial, in all of its shabbiness, has taken place. And hundreds of other big stories have emerged and then faded … but all the while the horror in Syria has continued, day by terrible day....
Aug 22 2012 5:47PM
Will Zenawi’s successor usher in a brighter Ethiopia for human rights?
Without question, Meles Zenawi was one of the most well-known African statesmen in recent history. I would put him alongside Kagame, Mugabe, Goodluck Jonathan and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at least in terms of notoriety, while perhaps not...
Aug 20 2012 5:50PM
Pussy Riot go to number one: Stephen Fry, freedom of speech and the ‘punk affect’
I was out of the country when the Pussy Riot verdict came in last week, though I can report that Italy’s national TeleGiornale 5 news certainly covered the story, mentioning Amnesty’s work on the case. Yep, it was almost like Pussy Rio...
Aug 17 2012 3:26PM
Pussy Riot: a travesty of a mockery of a sham
So that’s that, then. Pussy Riot are going to prison for two years. Despite an enormous outcry around the world, a court has convicted the women on a charge of “premeditated hooliganism performed by an organised group of people motivat...
Aug 16 2012 5:37PM
Pressure and No Pressure
Stand Up For Freedom, our annual Edinburgh flagship show was a load of fun last night. Comic after comic took to the stage to entertain the festival goers and show their support for human rights. At one point comics Nick Revell, Tiffan...
Aug 15 2012 2:46PM
Get up, stand up, stand up for their rights
Tonight is Stand Up For Freedom night, our biggest comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, in a fairly huge venue– and we’re nearly there, we’re sort of crouching for freedom at the moment. It sho...
Aug 15 2012 2:46PM
Clone of Get up, stand up, stand up for their rights
Tonight is Stand Up For Freedom night, our biggest comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, in a fairly huge venue– and we’re nearly there, we’re sort of crouching for freedom at the moment. It sho...
Aug 14 2012 4:04PM
Australian madness
I honestly cannot believe what is happening in Australia at the moment. Right now Australian MPs are debating about whether to re-open offshore detention centres for refugees arriving in the country by boat. It shouldn’t even be a conv...
Aug 13 2012 2:46PM
For some it's not the winning that counts, it is the taking part
So the curtain has fallen on the ‘happy and glorious’ London Olympic Games. As the competing athletes exit stage right to London’s airports and the country awaits – with now heightened anticipation – the Paralympic Games, we have a cha...
Aug 10 2012 5:07PM
Falling in love with Madonna
You’ve got to love Madonna. I have to admit that over the last few years I hadn’t really had her down as a big human rights campaigner. What a difference a week can make. There she is on Tuesday championing the plight of Pussy Riot in...
Aug 9 2012 6:05PM
The Secret’s out, the punks aren't
The first instalment of our Secret Comedy Podcast was the editor’s pick on the Guardian today. Not so secret after all, and you can download it, subscribe to the series and share it here, to really get the secret out . It’s a giant pil...
Aug 7 2012 3:19PM
Like a Pussy Rioter: Madonna’s support for free speech is good news
“I’m against censorship … my whole career I’ve always promoted freedom of expression, freedom of speech, so obviously I think what’s happening to them is unfair. And I hope … they do not have to serve seven years in jail - that would b...
Aug 6 2012 1:13PM
The case of Marvin Wilson: when literary theory can kill
Maybe you need to be more intelligent than I am, but I’m finding it hard to answer Amnesty USA’s Brian Evans’ question : “How can Texas execute a man with an IQ of 61?” Most US states forbid executions of those with below-70 IQs but Te...
Aug 3 2012 5:57PM
Amnesty at Edinburgh: Dangerously funny
Some things are dangerously funny. I think this Amnesty TV poem from Tim Key is one of them, and in fact, you can listen to this taster for our new Secret Comedy Podcast here , which is the other side of safe. However, there are some p...
Aug 2 2012 4:55PM
It's no teddy bear's picnic for free speech in Belarus
The teddy bear must be the most universally loved children’s toy by young and old alike because of its innocuous cuddliness and charming innocence. You can’t really imagine a parent banning their child from having a teddy bear in the w...
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