2008 (31)
Dec 12 2008 12:25PM
Happy human rights day!
The 60 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Wednesday means that its been a heck of a busy week. We kicked it off with the " Our World – Our Rights " conference last Saturday. 150 folk gathered in the (rather...
Nov 28 2008 1:29PM
Aw human sowels is born free and equal in dignity and richts
Anniversaries. You know for ages that they’re coming up and then suddenly you’re dashing around at the last minute looking for a suitable demonstration of your affections. Apparently the 60th anniversary is the diamond one but while ou...
Nov 21 2008 12:34PM
Another brick in the wall
In last week’s blog I told how myself and Bernard O’Hear (Amnesty’s Country Co-ordinator for China) weren’t allowed to present the Chinese Consulate with 2,500 campaign postcards collected in support of Hu Jia during the Edinburgh Fest...
Nov 14 2008 1:11PM
Banging my head against the brick wall of China
We’ve been waiting for ages for the Chinese Consulate to respond to our invitation to discuss our Edinburgh Festival campaign for imprisoned human rights campaign Hu Jia . During this year’s Festival 2,500 people filled in action cards...
Oct 31 2008 12:47PM
Hate and Pride
My in-laws are Polish. They live, perhaps not surprisingly, in Poland. I remember visiting a couple of years back and being in the company of some friends/acquaintances (can’t quite remember) who had a small child. My own little girl h...
Oct 24 2008 12:56PM
Quod Erat Demonstrandum
Latin. I could never be doing with it. Granted it was never seen as a core subject at my comprehensive school in Glasgow and somehow I managed to miss a lot of the token Tuesday afternoon classes – for which you would probably get an A...
Oct 17 2008 12:13PM
Extraordinary rendition case found in Scotland
Amnesty's Scottish office has uncovered evidence of a case of extraordinary rendition in Scotland. Admittedly the extra-judicial transfer for the purposes of torture took place in 1684. And the barbaric state willing to sanction the to...
Oct 10 2008 4:54PM
Meet the teacher...
Educating our kids – it’s a big business, but its so much more than that. And so it was that the intrepid Amnesty team found themselves at the Scottish Learning Festival – an annual conference to enhance the learning and teaching exper...
Oct 3 2008 11:04AM
And about time too
So U Win Tin is finally free. The 78-year old, Burmas longest serving political prisoner, had experienced harsh prison conditions for 19 years for calling for political change, but refused to accept an amnesty from the Government as to...
Sep 19 2008 10:45AM
Glasgows Pride and Joy
On Saturday 30 August, Amnesty joined thousands of people in support of LGBT rights in this year's Pride Glasgow march. It turned out to be the biggest Scottish Pride event on record, with a staggering 5000 people marching through the...
Aug 1 2008 7:18PM
Normal service will be resumed....
Just as soon as we get this Festival nonsense out of the way. Yes, with 34 events and two exhibitions the Edinburgh Festival is rather dominating life in Amnesty's Scottish office at the moment. There's also a daily Festival blog , whi...
Jul 25 2008 11:45AM
Happy Birthday to Two
Until this year I’ve never had any particular reason to note July 25th in my diary. Now I have two birthdays marked in, although sadly there’s not a lot to celebrate. The first birthday is that of Hu Jia – the subject of this year’s Fe...
Jul 10 2008 12:15PM
Here we go.....
Its pouring with rain, but not too cold, and my things-to-do list is as long as my arm. That means it must be July and the Edinburgh Festival is nearly upon us. How to describe our annual cultural jamboree without drifting off into sup...
Jul 4 2008 11:25AM
I am therefore I think
On Tuesday I got the chance to get out of the office, away from all the “doing”, and join a group of academics at St Andrew’s University for a much needed chance to “think”. The group in question were psychologists from various institu...
Jun 30 2008 1:29PM
We are not alone
Some time ago I had a bit of a moan on this blog about the lack of a human rights culture in Scotland . Central to my gripe was the fact that while London has a number of human rights organisations ( Liberty , British Institute of Huma...
Jun 10 2008 9:54PM
Dignity, respect .....and a big yellow tank
This week saw the 19th anniversary of the brutal military crackdown on pro-democracy protestors in Tiananmen Square . All around the world Amnesty International organised events in solidarity with the Tiananmen Mothers , an organisatio...
May 23 2008 3:39PM
It's good to talk......
Last week I met with some Chinese students living inEdinburgh, as part of a round-table discussion about China and its portrayal inthe Scottish media and in society generally. The three students who took part were amongst those who had...
May 9 2008 3:30PM
human rights - even more important in a crisis
The term humanitarian aid tells its own story. That when disasters happen it is a basic, and inherently human, response to rush to help the victims. Cyclone Nargis killed tens of thousands of people, and displaced around a million more...
May 2 2008 1:21PM
Brothers (and sisters) in arms
The debate on violence against women at the Scottish TUC annual congress in Inverness was remarkable. Not because it featured two strong composites, each committing the labour movement in Scotland to firm action against discrimination....
Apr 25 2008 1:06PM
A Stunning Success
To the SNP Spring Conference, where a motion on Tasers awaits the attention of delegates. For those of you who have never typed "taser abuse" into Youtube these are pistol-shaped electro-shock weapons. They fire two metal probes that c...
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