April 2013 (11)
Apr 30 2013 10:39PM
Amnesty rocks with the voices of a new generation
Amnesty celebrated a new generation of human rights journalists, photographers, songwriters and performers at today’s Young Human Rights Reporter and Protest Song competition award ceremony in London. Young people from across the UK pr...
Apr 30 2013 6:05PM
Critically acclaimed: New report on Sri Lanka's 'Assault on Dissent'
It’s always good to be able to say your work is critically-acclaimed, and you can’t get more critical than Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK. This morning on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme he called our new repo...
Apr 29 2013 4:58PM
A close shave: journalists at the sharp end
The owner of the Independent Evgeny Lebedev’s impassioned plea today for journalists to be protected from attack in the course of their work is … timely . In fact it’s always timely to be reminded of the fact that journalists are a vit...
Apr 24 2013 1:53PM
Ten questions Putin won’t be answering during his televised Q&A tomorrow
Tomorrow sees the return of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s famous televised question and answer session, his first since he was re-elected president in March last year. It’s a fairly big deal, a chunky news story both in Russia and...
Apr 24 2013 10:42AM
"It could have been you or me": Protect refugees on Europe's borders
I had only been back from Greece for a few days last week when I read the shocking story of the 200 Bangladeshi farm workers in the Peloponnese who were shot at by their bosses for demanding the wages they’d been owed for seven months....
Apr 18 2013 12:40PM
Bahrain’s black flag Grand Prix
“Bahrain is on fire, but race goes ahead”, said one news headline this week. Yes, it’s that time again. It’s April, the birds are singing, the trees are in bloom and … it’s time for the Bahrain Grand prix. Like last year and the year b...
Apr 16 2013 4:52PM
‘The world needs to know what’s happening here’ – Migrants living on the margins in Athens
Last week I wrote from the island of Lesbos , where we met people fleeing war, violence and hunger and trying to get to Europe. If you read that blog you may have been shocked at the treatment they receive in Greece. Everyone we spoke...
Apr 15 2013 10:09AM
UK government to be held to account over human rights record
Update 16 April: Yesterday’s launch was interesting and it was good to hear the Foreign Secretary highlight progress on the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, particularly the recent G8 Declaration We were also pleased that th...
Apr 12 2013 11:41AM
Despair at Europe's borders: 'Why don’t they just send me back to die?'
There is a rustic charm about Mytilene, the ramshackle port capital of the Greek island of Lesbos. But behind the romance of the tumbledown buildings, winding cobbled alleyways and lively pavement cafés on the edge of the Aegean, somet...
Apr 10 2013 9:08AM
The power of spectacle: from Auroras Encore to Saudi Arabia’s Chop Chop square
I couldn’t help but notice that some journalists writing about the Grand National at the weekend were talking about the “spectacle” of the race, and how it was supposedly important to balance this with “equine safety”. Hmm. I'm not sur...
Apr 8 2013 2:01PM
EU inaction on Roma is a disgrace
OK I have a bee in my bonnet. Today is “International Roma Day” and I find it truly astonishing that in this day and age Europe’s nations continue to not only tolerate prejudice against the Roma community, but in some cases peddle hatr...