2013 (86)
Dec 23 2013 4:49PM
Pussy Riot are free, but what about Mikhail Kosenko?
When Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova was freed this week in Putin’s much-reported prisoner amnesty, she accused the Russian government of merely putting on “ another show ahead of the Olympics …such is their big desire to prevent...
Dec 20 2013 11:02AM
The human rights blog of the year
There’s something comforting about wrapping up the year with a wrap-up. Surveying the previous 12 months form the safety of the last day in the office and mulling over the progress and disasters. There’s no shortage of ‘Year in Review’...
Dec 16 2013 4:12PM
Fast cars. Bahrain’s response to the protest movement is the equivalent of a reckless joyrider ….
A confession (freely offered, no coercion involved). I recently attended a “speed awareness” course. This is a half-day session the police allow you to go on if (like me) you’re caught by a speed camera doing 37mph in a 30 zone. I lear...
Dec 5 2013 11:27AM
New satellite images map scale of North Korea’s prison camps from above, new testimonies detail the horror from the ground
‘After a night of “servicing” the officials, the women had to die because the secret could not get out. This happens at most of the political prison camps.’ The haunting words of one of the prison guards from North Korea’s largest pris...
Dec 2 2013 1:36PM
Wake up and smell the coffee … in a Kyrgyzstani jail
In June when the US whistleblower Edward Snowden sought political asylum in Russia, his detractors saw this as some form of “hypocrisy”. Russia isn’t exactly a bastion of free speech, went the argument, so Snowden’s whistleblowing was...
Nov 28 2013 1:45PM
Frankly Mr Shankly your quote needs updating. Football IS a matter of life and death. Full stop.
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death … it is much, much more important than that.” Bill Shankly’s Wildean bon mot has been wheeled out more times than Ryan Giggs has played for Manchester United. But I’m giving i...
Nov 18 2013 1:03PM
Refer-REEEEE! Crying foul over the Qatar World Cup and workers who don’t drive sports cars
My reading habits being rather gadfly-ish (ie all over the place), the other day I picked up a book lying around at work called Fathers, Sons And Football . It’s by Colin Shindler, who also wrote the excellently-named Manchester United...
Nov 15 2013 3:52PM
Killer Robots? We're after you
Coming soon near you it’s The Terminator. Yes, folks the fully autonomous weapon is firmly on the horizon. Whether on the battlefield or targeted on the streets, these weapons should have no place in warfare or policing. But a future w...
Nov 1 2013 4:43PM
Getting home – storm or no storm
The storm that blasted parts of Britain earlier this week caused unrest, frustration and a definite sense of rage as people struggled to get home and then to work on the Monday morning. As my friends vented their frustration on my Face...
Oct 31 2013 4:33PM
Syria’s refugee crisis: history on repeat and no superhero to the rescue
The scale of the refugee crisis as a result of the never-ending conflict in Syria is well-known. Out of a population of approximately 22.5 million before the conflict started in 2011, some 6.25 million Syrians - more than a quarter - h...
Oct 22 2013 5:18PM
Time for the US to drone up
It’s a rare achievement to have an Amnesty report as the top ranked story on Google News, but that has been the case throughout today. In our new report on drones, Amnesty calls for the USA to be held to account over killings in Pakist...
Oct 16 2013 11:40AM
Think you've read every blog post there is on buying box sets? Here's another ...
In the age of instant streaming and catch-up TV, who on earth bothers with box sets anymore? Clunky, brick-like things destined to take up far too much room on your sagging shelves. Er, well, the answer seems to be - a lot of people ....
Oct 14 2013 11:21AM
Making noise: the paradox of protest music
Is the protest song dead? I don’t think so. There’s been a lot of discussion about the ‘death of protest music’ recently with too much focus on a nostalgic view of the past. I wanted to show that protest songs are very much alive, by t...
Oct 9 2013 1:06PM
Egypt’s anti-Christian sectarianism is another sign its revolution is a battered wreck
About 15 years ago I went on a two-week holiday to Egypt. During the trip we visited St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai desert. It’s pretty much on the tourist trail. Or used to be. If, like we were, you’re staying at the Benidorm-l...
Oct 8 2013 5:03PM
The whole country is one huge prison cell: Yodok stories
“It breaks my heart as a mother and grandmother, now in the twilight of my life, that I live my life in this bliss, while my family died in that land of death. It is a huge prison cell." There are a number of stories about North Korea...
Sep 30 2013 6:15PM
Commonwealth endorsement of Sri Lanka is a sham - the country's human rights record still appals
Channel Four has just revealed that on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary William Hague co-hosted a somewhat covert drinks reception in New York down a "dimly lit side street" near the UN headquarters. The other member of the party was Sri Lan...
Sep 27 2013 1:22PM
‘No Nuke’s’: we shouldn’t let the diplomatic barking and growling deflect us from Iran’s atrocious human rights record
The media commentary on the warming of relations between Iran and the USA can be summed up as an intense discussion of “nuclear diplomacy”. It’s all about “Iran’s nukes”, the “Shia Bomb”, “Rouhani’s olive branch” and Obama’s “second-te...
Sep 25 2013 10:18AM
Surge in forced evictions humiliates France
I honestly cannot believe what is happening across the channel in France. In case you had forgotten a little over a year ago, the French public swept aside Sarkozy’s government and elected Francoise Hollande. For the world of human rig...
Sep 24 2013 1:55PM
Vote Amnesty!
OK I feel a bit like Lord Kitchener this morning. Amnesty needs you! Well to be more accurate, Amnesty’s education team needs your vote. This morning People’s Postcode Lottery in conjunction with the Daily Mirror launched the Vote That...
Sep 19 2013 1:35PM
Saif Gaddafi’s trial in Libya is victor’s justice
On 20 October it will be two years since the death of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, a mere colonel in the Libyan army but “Brother Leader” of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - a man who wielded more power...
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