2008 (185)
Dec 30 2008 8:02PM
New Year's Wishes
"Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice." - Arnold T...
Dec 25 2008 1:14AM
Santa and the the child's right to play
It's just turned Christmas Day in the Corrigan household. Our three elves are all in bed and Santa Claus is expected anytime now. Being a hi-tech family, we've been tracking his progress across the world on the NORAD website , which tu...
Dec 17 2008 12:33AM
The Nativity story - a modern-day human rights tale
Having just attended my boys' nativity plays (well done everyone at All Children's Primary in Newcastle, Co Down!) my mind wanders to the series of flagrant human rights abuses related in the biblical tale and how they might be experie...
Dec 14 2008 11:13PM
BOOK REVIEW: Chasing the Flame - Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World
Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (Hardback, 640 pages, Allen Lane, rrp £25, available £17.50) Samantha Power is mostly famous for one thing on this side of the Atlantic. She was the foreign poli...
Dec 11 2008 4:54PM
Northern Ireland Bill of Rights: people not politics #2
As previously blogged , I got along to the handover yesterday of the advice from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the UK government on the shape and content of a NI Bill of Rights. Hours before the advice had even been p...
Dec 10 2008 1:07AM
Northern Ireland Bill of Rights: people not politics
Today is international Human Rights Day and, ten years after the Multi-Party (Belfast/Good Friday) Agreement , we will finally see the advice on the shape and content of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland handed over by the NI Human...
Dec 9 2008 11:13AM
Families of 'disappeared' make final appeal for bodies
Family members of those 'disappeared' during the Northern Ireland conflict have made an appeal – probably a last throw of the dice – for information as to the whereabouts of the remains of their loved ones. Amnesty supporter and actor...
Dec 5 2008 9:27AM
Contemplating evil
Does evil exist? Does it matter? I'm prompted to ask by the front-page headline in my morning metro (in London today): " The 'pure evil' of Shannon mother ". The description comes from the policeman heading up the case into the three-w...
Dec 3 2008 10:53AM
Cluster bombs: Ireland leads the way
Great news today as over 100 countries line up in Oslo to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions, a treaty for which Amnesty's members and allies worldwide have battled long and hard. The fact that the Republic of Ireland is one of o...
Dec 1 2008 10:11PM
Sex trafficking: ending the cycle of violence in Northern Ireland
After a successful brothel raid by the PSNI in south Belfast at the end of last week, Amnesty generated a flurry of media interest in our campaign to secure protection for the rescued victims of human trafficking. We remain concerned t...
Nov 30 2008 7:06PM
Be what?  Be human?
The new ' Bs' of Belfast got me reflecting on what it is to 'be'. I'm afraid that this alliterative campaign first brought to my mind an anecdote I learnt as a child growing up on the edge of the damp dump (sorry, picturesque Victorian...
Nov 28 2008 4:21PM
Further developments in the public perception of young people debate
In an earlier blog I called for an end to the vilification of young people, highlighting a You Gov poll commissioned by Barnardo’s which quoted some pretty shocking findings in relation to young people. From the comments I realised the...
Nov 27 2008 1:21PM
Northern Ireland Bill of Rights: bringing rights home
With less than a fortnight to go before the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission gives the Government its long-awaited advice on the scope and substance of a proposed NI Bill of Rights, the BBC's local flagship politics programme i...
Nov 23 2008 11:51PM
Tasers: 50,000 volts x 10,000 stun guns x 30,000 officers
Last week I demonstrated unusual prescience when I warned on this blog that UK policing urgently risked a slippery slope towards ever-increasing Taser deployment. On Monday the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will announce that up to 30,00...
Nov 22 2008 12:38AM
Obama and human rights: 100 days to counter terror with justice
Hopes are riding high on an Obama presidency. Not least among human rights campaigners in America and internationally who have had a tough few years trying to reconcile old fashioned concepts like the Geneva Conventions and the taboo o...
Nov 21 2008 1:12PM
Its time we stop vilifying our young people and start helping them
In the week that readers of amnesty blogs were able to learn about how well informed and compassionate young people can be (care of the great selection of blogs from NI Youth ), a number of publications have provided further evidence o...
Nov 18 2008 9:31PM
The shocking future of UK policing?
Where was your Chief Constable last week? If they were among the 15,000 top cops from around the world attending the International Association of the Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego, maybe it’s time to start worrying. Especial...
Nov 16 2008 11:55PM
UK war deaths pass 300. Newspapers otherwise engaged.
The front pages displayed on the weekend news-stands suffered from no shortage of ‘Strictly Come X-Factor, Get Me Out of Here’ non-stories. Rather fewer front pages were given over, however, to the reporting of the deaths of two Royal...
Nov 12 2008 8:14PM
Iraqi sanctions:  567,000 of the dead children under the age of five
A trawl through some of the online responses to the coverage of Bilal Abdulla's words on Iraq at his ongoing trial reveals a predictable variety of replies from some who find his views totally unacceptable, to those who are willing to...
Nov 12 2008 3:07PM
Amnesty against amnesty
Get yourself over to Telegraph Blogs for the latest on the likelihood of the UK having its very own truth and reconciliation commission (to deal with the legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict). We at Amnesty are pretty clear about th...
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