March 2013 (16)
Mar 29 2013 2:08PM
Arms Trade Treaty blocked - this isn't failure, this is 'success deferred'.
Yet again in the final hours, the Arms Trade Treaty was blocked. This time because of a cynical move by Iran, Syria and North Korea. In the Byzantine world of the UN, the exchange between the Chair and the three wreckers was so polite...
Mar 28 2013 6:35PM
Albert's tomorrow - seeking justice after 41 years
Today will be much the same as yesterday for Albert Woodfox. And yesterday will have been much the same as thousands of days before that. At least 23 hours of Albert’s day will be spent alone, in a cell measuring 2 x 3 metres. For the...
Mar 28 2013 1:42PM
Arms Trade Treaty history - twenty years in the making?
I'm in New York for final talks to agree the Arms Trade Treaty that I've been campaigning for for nearly twenty years. Two days ago things were looking as bleak as the weather here in NYC. The climate in the room for many of us was lik...
Mar 26 2013 10:47AM
Minister Alistair Burt shares his thoughts on the Arms Trade Treaty
After two decades of campaigning for tighter controls on the arms trade, it has come down to two weeks. As you know, I’m in New York for the final crucial talks to agree an historic international Arms Trade Treaty . If successful, this...
Mar 23 2013 2:16PM
Are states getting cold feet as Arms Trade Treaty talks hot up?
Widney Brown, our Senior Director of International Law and Policy is with the Amnesty delegation at the UN, where states are negotiating the first ever Arms Trade Treaty. As the first week draws to a close at the Arms Trade Treaty nego...
Mar 20 2013 12:21PM
Back at the Arms Trade Treaty talks, but this is no groundhog day
Last July I spent a month as part of the Amnesty team lobbying governments as they strove to develop the world’s first global Arms Trade Treaty . That effort was delayed (but not defeated) when the US, followed by others asked for more...
Mar 18 2013 10:22AM
You speak, they listen! The government responds to your actions on the Arms Trade Treaty
For the past few weeks, as world leaders prepared to meet for talks to agree the world’s first international treaty to control the arms trade, thousands of you have been telling your MPs how much you care. You have been emailing, tweet...
Mar 16 2013 10:11AM
Zimbabwe's referendum: a dry-run for this year's elections?
Zimbabweans go to the polls today to vote on a new constitution. Today’s referendum is the culmination of nearly five years of political wrangling and many are seeing it as a litmus test for the presidential elections later in the year...
Mar 15 2013 4:31PM
Two years of tragedy - help us build hope for Syria
‘I heard my daughter Amani call her little brother and then I don’t remember anything. I don’t know how long I lay under the rubble before I was pulled out….The bodies of my wife and my daughter Amani were not found until six days late...
Mar 14 2013 7:13PM
On arms transfers to armed opposition groups in Syria
The following is taken from our new briefing released 14 March 2013 Syria: Summary killings and other abuses by armed opposition groups. (PDF) In light of the abuses documented in this briefing, Amnesty International urges any state co...
Mar 13 2013 11:57PM
Syria: Two years on - New Amnesty Film & Reports
Syria: Two years on. Will there be a Human Rights Revolution? This new film from Amnesty International UK marks the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising / conflict and is released alongside two new briefings from Amnesty Internati...
Mar 8 2013 2:32PM
A letter to my mother
Salaam Mother Jaan, How are you doing? I hope you’re fine and healthy. Everyone at home misses you, as ever; whenever we sit around the lunch table, your empty seat stares back at us and all we wish is for you to be here with us always...
Mar 8 2013 10:55AM
Putting women at the heart of an Arms Trade Treaty
Jasmin Galace is from the Centre for Peace Education in the Philippines. Last July, her campaigning was fundamental to ensuring that the prevention of Gender Based Violence was included in the first draft of an Arms Trade Treaty. With...
Mar 6 2013 3:57PM
Arms Treaty: keep the UK Government on track and #askFCO
Update, 5.15pm: Thanks for sending your questions to Minister Burt. He gave some very welcome answers, including confirming that the UK Government wants to strengthen the human rights protections in the Treaty. He also said that ammuni...
Mar 4 2013 7:22PM
Positive promises for women's rights - now deeds must follow words
This morning the Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening spoke at our East London office to outline her department’s approach addressing, as she put it, ‘the greatest unmet challenges of our time’ – the inequa...
Mar 3 2013 1:08PM
'The time is now' for girls and women
You are reading this at a vitally important moment for women's rights and gender equality. We are on the eve of the 57th meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York – the principle global policy making f...