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June 2012 (8)
Jun 29 2012 12:30PM
Pause for thought - 40 years since the US Supreme Court briefly stopped executions

Today is the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court briefly stopping executions. USA Researcher Rob Freer looks back at that ruling and the use of death penalty by the US today. For a brief moment four decades ago, it looked like the...

Jun 27 2012 9:00AM
If this tank was in your city, you'd want an Arms Trade Treaty

In a couple of hours, Londoners are in for quite a shock. We're going to be taking up a little extra room in the bus lanes with... a 17-tonne armoured tank. Try getting on one of those with a pay-as-you-go Oyster card. So, I hear you...

Jun 27 2012 7:55AM
Our Arms Treaty graphics - get sharing!

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, forced to flee from their homes and face untold suffering due to the unregulated arms trade - something we could change this summer with the first global Arms...

Jun 24 2012 4:15AM
Arming the Armed Opposition in Syria - the realities and the risks

Apologists for the Syrian government’s crimes against humanity are experiencing a rare moment of vindication at the moment. Or so they are leading themselves to believe. The reason? Well articles about alleged Saudi/Qatari arming of...

Jun 20 2012 3:09PM
Students #UpInArms - a day of campaigning for an Arms Treaty

We're in Westminster with a small army of school and university students to urge the UK government to champion an Arms Trade Treaty that disarms dictators, warlords and child soldiers at the UN negotiations next month. Follow their...

Jun 15 2012 6:54PM
How the Syrian Government could prove us wrong.

It’s the day after the launch of our new report on Syria and as with most of our high profile reports, I have spent a significant part of today discussing our approach to researching alleged human rights violations. Inevitably we have...

Jun 14 2012 3:10PM
Testimonies from Syria - the research you're funding

“Little Juma’a, eight years old, was shot in throat and in the palms of both hands; he was holding his hands up when he was shot.” Tweet Juma'a Yousef al-‘Issa, his brother, Ibrahim, and their cousins Noureddine and 'Izzeddeen ‘Ali...

Jun 13 2012 8:58PM
Amnesty's MENA Campaign - A short introduction

I figure before I do any “proper” blog posts I should say a little about the campaign I manage here - Crisis & Transition in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). It’s fair to say it is an ambitious, labyrinthine and long term...