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2015 (15)
Dec 17 2015 10:45AM
Broken by its own champion – a very un-happy birthday to the Global Arms Trade Treaty

The global Arms Trade Treaty came into force last Christmas Eve. In many ways a very familiar story of a miracle birth, heralded as a new chapter for humankind. One year on, though, and it’s already been broken. More shockingly still...

Nov 10 2015 7:00AM
Shell haunted by Ken Saro Wiwa legacy as Niger Delta communities demand justice

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders, hanged by the Nigerian state after they spoke out against the government and campaigned against Shell’s operations in Nigeria’s Ogoniland...

Oct 16 2015 3:47PM
If Hungary closes its Croatia border, where will all the apples go?

Update: Shortly after this blog was written, Hungary did announce its intention to seal off its border with Croatia at midnight on Friday 16 October. Our researchers will be following developments closely to see if that is indeed what...

Oct 2 2015 10:52AM
15 reasons to celebrate the Human Rights Act

Crack open the champagne and hang up the bunting – the Human Rights Act is 15 years old today. Okay, maybe not the bunting, but it really is a moment to celebrate. The Human Rights Act has made it easier for every one of us to protect...

Sep 17 2015 6:10PM
My day at the London Arms Fair

I’ve worked professionally in the field of arms trade regulation for the past 20 years and yesterday was a first for me. I was refused entry to this year’s DSEi Arms Fair in London's ExCel Centre, an event I've been to before to...

Sep 15 2015 4:05PM
Refugee crisis: Time for the UK government to stop ignoring reality

On Sunday, Justice Secretary Michael Gove said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show: “We cannot shut ourselves off from what happens globally.” But this is precisely what the government has been doing over the global refugee crisis. At...

Aug 21 2015 11:18AM
A deal in Calais, but the UK must do more

Europe’s refugee ‘crisis’ continues to dominate headlines. This week, EU external border agency Frontex reported a record number of 107,500 people had arrived at Europe's borders irregularly – that is without permission and via...

Aug 11 2015 10:59AM
Philip Hammond's scare-mongering remarks on Calais are ill-informed and dangerous

Philip Hammond's recent remarks on the situation at Calais are reckless and they are shameful, but sadly they're also all too familiar. Once again, a senior minister is cranking up the rhetoric and stoking up anxiety, careless - or...

Aug 4 2015 3:36PM
Calais migrants: the dangerous link between rhetoric and policy

The situation at Calais is far from new. Calais has long been a place to which refugees and other migrants have come in the hope of getting to the UK. In 2002, it was mostly Iraqis and Afghans. Now there appears to be a wider range of...

Jul 23 2015 6:05PM
Trafigura: What if police said it was too hard to chase criminals?

Prosecutors, the police and the Environment Agency have essentially told us that they can’t be bothered to investigate a UK company’s role in the dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast which left up to 100,000 people with skin...

Jun 18 2015 5:44PM
The worst refugee crisis of our time

This week, Amnesty supporters and thousands of people across the UK are celebrating Refugee Week, recognising the contribution to our country made by refugees – not only the more well-known faces – but also the many friends, neighbours...

May 28 2015 6:58PM
MEPs vote to stop the conflict minerals trade in defiance of industry lobbying

On 20 May, the European Parliament took us all by surprise by voting in favour of a strong and binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals. The trade in resources – such as gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin and coal...

Apr 22 2015 3:51PM
EU leaders must act now: they can stop people dying in the Med

Last year, Italy ended Operation Mare Nostrum – its search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean. This was a proactive and effective mission in international waters seeking out boats in distress and rescuing tens of thousands of...

Mar 31 2015 6:19PM
The UK’s Modern Slavery Act – how will businesses react?

When The Economist features an article titled Modern Slavery: Everywhere in supply chains, we can be sure that the issue of slavery is on the radar of many corporations, not merely for ethical reasons but as a potential reputational...

Jan 7 2015 11:20AM
Oil giant Shell humbled by Bodo fishermen in UK court settlement

After decades of blaming anyone else for the ecological disaster in the Niger Delta, Shell has been forced to point the finger at itself. Why else would the company make an out-of-court settlement of £55m and admit to telling lies...