Belfast and Beyond | Archive 2008 April | Amnesty International UK
April 2008 (27)
Apr 30 2008 10:31AM
The Citizenship Pub Quiz
The Belfast Salon presents: The Citizenship Pub Quiz White’s Tavern 2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast 7.30pm Tuesday 6 May Door Tax £2 O P E N B O R D E R S E V E R Y O N E ’ S A C I T I Z E N Imagine, it’s now mandatory to pass a citizens...
Apr 28 2008 6:41PM
Rebiya Kadeer: via graphic art from Brazen City
The story of Rebiya Kadeer, exiled Chinese human rights activist and president of the World Uighur Congress, is told in striking graphic art form on the new Belfast online magazine Brazen City . She is a courageous woman – even her fam...
Apr 27 2008 1:03PM
One more film worth seeing:  
The US soldier back from tour on Iraq sobs into his wife's shoulder as he tells how he is haunted by the rape and killing of a fifteen-year-old Iraqi woman by his fellow soldiers. All around him, his homecoming party calls out grotesqu...
Apr 25 2008 1:58AM
Finucane family's agony continues, as does UK government avoidance of truth
Nineteen years after his murder by loyalist paramilitaries, the family of lawyer Pat Finucane is still waiting for the truth behind his killing to emerge. Successive UK governments have bobbed and weaved to avoid the full story surroun...
Apr 24 2008 12:55AM
Civil rights at 40: historical perspective seminar
I had a busy evening, so I could only stay for the first part of tonight's historical perspective seminar, held as one of the first events in the year-long programme of the Civil Rights Commemoration Committee to mark the fortieth anni...
Apr 24 2008 12:04AM
Belfast's death row lawyer
Death row lawyer Gary Proctor, originally from Northern Ireland, addressed an Amnesty International meeting in Belfast this evening about his experiences. Graduating in law from Queen's University Belfast in 1995, Gary has been working...
Apr 23 2008 6:54PM
Belfast Telegraph says: don't miss Amnesty torture video
Well done to the Belfast Telegraph online for prominently featuring Amnesty's new cinema advert and viral video, The Stuff of Life , in it's 'Don't miss' section. The advert illustrates the torture technique that is 'waterboarding', as...
Apr 18 2008 10:19PM
Northern Ireland and the business of arming China & Zimbabwe
Today's front-page lead in The Guardian, Chinese ship carries arms cargo to Mugabe regime , reminds me of the possible role of two Northern Ireland companies in helping to arm China and, through China, Zimbabawe. We revealed the possib...
Apr 15 2008 8:14PM
Seamus Heaney on human rights - you should read this...
Very, very rarely do I come across a piece of writing so powerful, so profound, so beautiful that it stops me in my tracks in awe and in need to read and re-read the words before me. It is a simultaneously humbling and uplifting experi...
Apr 15 2008 10:44AM
Age of Terror - a timely engagement with terrorism
Just a quick note to say look out this evening for the first programme in a new four-part series from journalist Peter Taylor. The programmes, looking at politically-inspired acts of violence over recent decades, start tonight on BBC2...
Apr 15 2008 12:38AM
In prison my whole life: Mumia Abu-Jamal and US criminal justice
Just back from chairing a panel discussion after the Belfast premiere screening of 'In Prison My Whole Life' as part of the Belfast Film Festival . The film is the story of young English-American journalist William Francome's journey o...
Apr 11 2008 6:01PM
Steve Sinnott - a human rights tribute
Teachers' leader Steve Sinnott died last weekend. As leader and previously deputy general secretary of the NUT , he had close relations with its sister unions in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Teachers' Union and the Irish National Teach...
Apr 10 2008 1:29PM
China boycotts the Olympic Games
I'm cheekily nicking both the headline and the link for this story from an email from my colleague John in Amnesty's Scotland office . Despite China's pleas to keep politics out of the Olympics, it looks like they have form. China boyc...
Apr 6 2008 1:44PM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #13 (Sunday round-up)
7:00am Up with the larks. Just enough time for a quick four-mile run around this parkland campus, before a healthy breakfast of bananas and organic stuff. Or something like that. 9:25am Milobal Cristobal of AI Hong Kong, Ville Forsman...
Apr 6 2008 11:41AM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #12 (Amnesty Come Dancing)
9:30pm There are some thirsty souls gathered around the bar – six deep at some points. Parching work, this human rights. Aikta has promised / threatened us with an evening of elegant ballroom dancing. Sadly, looking around me at a motl...
Apr 5 2008 10:04PM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #11 (The changing face of activism)
7:45pm The changing face of activism: Vuyiseka Dubula ( Treatment Action Campaign ) and Ben Brandzel ( MoveOn.org / Avaaz.org ). Chaired by Bruce Wylie (AIUK Head of Activism) Two very different perspectives on activism today, one from...
Apr 5 2008 8:43PM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #10 (Restaurant review)
China, Papua, Burma, Russia. Never mind all that for a moment. Discussing food quality could possibly be the most dangerous thing I do this weekend, if happenings in the Northern Ireland courts are anything to go by. But, in the spirit...
Apr 5 2008 6:48PM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #9 (Tiananmen campaign action)
This afternoon we campaigned for justice for the 'Tiananmen Mothers' , who lost their sons and daughters to the guns and tanks of the Chinese security forces on June 4 1989 and the days that followed. After the massacre, the mothers st...
Apr 5 2008 4:14PM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #8 (Sam Roddick)
2:25pm Sam Roddick is our keynote speaker for the weekend. Her mother Anita was a big friend of Amnesty and offered her ideas, her connections and her money to advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Sam is an activist in her own...
Apr 5 2008 1:20PM
Blogging the AGM 2008 #7 (Working parties)
11:25am OK. Working Party time. For the uninitiated, this is when we break into four groups to have some initial debate and give some initial scrutiny to the various resolutions (seventeen or eighteen by my count) which have been submi...
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