2016 (15)
Nov 4 2016 7:00PM
Solitary confinement: Fading to grey
This morning I left the house as the sun was rising, resenting the onset of winter. Dark mornings, dark evenings, and only being able to see daylight through my office window. But as I walked to work, the sunrise, with its pink and pur...
Nov 4 2016 10:38AM
My teacher needs your urgent help!
by Sara Saei Update: on 27 August 2017 a Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri to death for "spreading corruption on earth" for establishing the spiritual group Erfan-e Halgheh. He has now been h...
Oct 3 2016 5:00PM
My wife, imprisoned in Iran for six months and counting
By Richard Ratcliffe Today marks six months since my wife, Nazanin, was taken and put in an Iranian prison. It marks six months since Gabriella, our two-year-old daughter, had her passport confiscated so that she would be kept in Iran....
Aug 10 2016 10:00AM
A father's nightmare
Two sons murdered. A third son shot. No one brought to justice. A family torn apart by Brazil’s culture of violence. It’s hard to imagine a more heartbreaking story than that of Jorge Lazaro Samba Nunes dos Santos. His family has been...
Aug 5 2016 4:00PM
My dad, Kamal
Send Kamal a birthday message On Tuesday I was meant to see my father for the first time in five years. Instead he is spending his 1,918th night in prison in Iran. I am heartbroken. My father is 76 years old. He is a British-Iranian ci...
Jul 12 2016 12:00AM
100 days in detention: Nazanin still jailed in Iran without reason
Today marks 100 days since British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran’s airport as she prepared to fly home to the UK with her young daughter. She’s been detained ever since. One hundred days separa...
Jul 1 2016 2:26PM
‘I just wanted help and ended up a prisoner’: A message from Belén, imprisoned for a miscarriage
On 17 August the Supreme Court of Tucumán, a state in north Argentina, said there were not enough reasons to keep Belén, 27, in pre-trial detention. The Supreme Court of Tucumán is yet to issue a final ruling on the eight-year sentence...
Jun 10 2016 5:00PM
Miscarriage is not a crime: free Belén
Having a miscarriage is a traumatic and painful experience for any woman. How did Argentina care for one young woman who went to hospital in agony? By putting her in prison – for eight years. Call for Belén's freedom now 25-year old Be...
Apr 29 2016 5:00PM
Grandpa Kamal: Imprisoned in Iran for five years and counting
By Kamran Foroughi Five years next week. More than 1,800 groundhog days and counting. The wait is endless. How many more days are left? It could be one. It could be as many as the rest of my dad’s life. We all feel dad’s sentence every...
Apr 1 2016 4:00PM
Tweet to secure Bahraini teacher's freedom
Update 4 April 2016: Good news! Today, Mahdi Abu Deeb finally walked free after five unjust years in a Bahraini prison. Thank you so much to everyone who campaigned for his release – your actions, tweets and letters have played a vital...
Feb 17 2016 4:36PM
LGBT rights still under attack around the world
In many ways 2015 has been a great year for LGBTI rights. We have seen same sex marriage legalised in Ireland and the USA (and many other countries), decriminalisation of homosexuality in Mozambique, and new anti-discrimination laws in...
Feb 8 2016 4:31PM
Beyonce shines a light on black history and ongoing injustices
To say that Beyonce stole the spotlight at the Super Bowl 50 half-time show is an understatement. Coldplay’s indie rock best was no match for Beyonce’s powerful performance of ‘Formation’, reaffirming her status as one of the world's b...
Feb 4 2016 11:45AM
The journalists facing prison in Egypt
Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as 'Shawkan', is facing imprisonment for documenting Egyptian security forces crushing a mass sit-in in Cairo, for British photo agency Demotix. He will be tried on 26 March in Cairo. Th...
Feb 3 2016 8:00AM
Making a Murderer and Matsumoto Kenji: The truth can be stranger than fiction
Does this set of circumstances sound familiar? A man from a poor background , with an IQ below 70; a score so low that he has difficulty comprehending what is happening to him. His implication in a serious crime , in which a dominant o...
Jan 9 2016 9:00AM
One year since Raif was flogged, call for his freedom
'When the worshippers saw the police van outside the mosque, they knew someone would be flogged today.' On this day last year, just after noon, security officials in Saudi Arabia led a 30-year-old man into a square in Jeddah. A crowd h...