2015 (14)
Dec 31 2015 3:43PM
Thank you for everything in 2015
We have a lot of work to do in 2016, but for now we thought it'd be nice to reflect back on what we've achieved together in 2015. From campaigning successfully for the release of Shaker Aamer, the last UK resident in Guantanamo Bay, an...
Dec 9 2015 5:09PM
Why it’s better to buy Fair Trade
There has been no shortage of controversy in the media recently, about a number of high street retailers still buying from sweatshops. The story of the plea for help stitched into garments ‘forced to work exhausting hours’, springs to...
Nov 26 2015 4:51PM
Our ethical Christmas gift ideas 2015
Christmas is fast approaching. It’s a time when we can sometimes feel like we have to spend a lot of money, just for the sake of it. But shopping doesn’t have to be a purely commercial activity. By shopping ethically you can use your c...
Nov 6 2015 5:00PM
Mass surveillance by another name
The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill , introduced by the UK government on Wednesday, threatens to institutionalise some highly intrusive surveillance powers, the likes of which the UK has never seen before. This flies in the face of the...
Sep 15 2015 11:58AM
Share the ad campaign the government doesn't want you to see
The London Arms Fair is on right now at the ExCel Centre. Supported the UK government, this exclusive four-day expo of deadly weapons and arms has a history of companies advertising illegal torture equipment. As well as legal weapons l...
Sep 3 2015 12:00PM
Tell David Cameron – refugees are welcome
Update 7 September: Due to the huge amount of public pressure , the Prime Minister has bowed to pressure and agreed to accept 20,000 more Syrian refugees over the next five years. This is a step forward but does nothing to help the tho...
Aug 13 2015 6:18PM
Seven must-see human rights documentaries on Netflix
Don’t leave your Netflix account to grow old and dusty – there are plenty of opportunities for an informative evening of entertainment. We've picked seven unmissable human rights related films and documentaries to get stuck into. 1. Ca...
Aug 7 2015 11:12AM
More than an app: Panic Button, one year on
'We are afraid. We are afraid that the abduction that happened to our parents might also happen to us.' Ipe Soco Ipe Soco's mother and grandfather were abducted from the car they were travelling in in 2006. They have been missing ever...
Jun 11 2015 3:40PM
Are the press working for ISIS?
Listen to the podcast As this week has shown it is rare when ISIS aren’t dominating the headlines. Coverage of their human rights violations are all over the news and every story is shocking and brutal. We’ve seen pilots burned alive,...
Jun 5 2015 10:00AM
Snowden on surveillance, two years on
Two years since he first released documents revealing a global mass surveillance programme, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talked to us about how he and the political landscape have changed. What do you think has changed over the las...
Jun 4 2015 4:00PM
How technology helped us expose war crimes in Nigeria
In March 2014 a grainy cell phone video came across my desk that seemed to show a Nigerian soldier murdering an unarmed man in broad daylight. It took me a day and a half to pinpoint the location of this apparent war crime to a specifi...
May 27 2015 3:12PM
If you do one thing on 14 June go to see The Look of Silence
In 2013 I wrote enthusiastically that you should go and watch The Act of Killing – an extraordinary documentary that asked members of Indonesia’s ‘death squads’ to re-enact their violence in the style of their favourite films. It was d...
Feb 24 2015 12:42PM
Five reasons to care about mass surveillance
'Every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every cell phone tower you pass, friend you keep, article you write, site you visit… is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are n...
Jan 17 2015 10:31AM
The story behind the Boko Haram satellite images
This week we released satellite images that show the impact of a horrific Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria last week. The images, combined with several testimonies, provide shocking evidence of how the conflict is dramatically es...