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June 2013 (8)
Jun 26 2013 11:29AM
Sri Lanka – sun, sea, torture and impunity

A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a “country of contrast”. Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level a popular tourist destination, which according to the...

Jun 25 2013 5:09PM
Making love a crime: homophobia in sub-Saharan Africa

Today, Amnesty released a report on the criminalisation of homosexuality south of the Sahara: Making love a crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our report documents an increase in homophobic attacks and...

Jun 20 2013 2:22PM
Polluted and poisoned: the human rights debate in the UK

This afternoon the House of Lords will debate the report published by the Bill of Rights Commission back in December . This debate is of course not the be-all and end-all of the UK’s human rights debate, but it reminds us of the ‘drum...

Jun 19 2013 3:06PM
Profits and loss - human rights and the artisan

My eight year old son recently asked me “what’s an artisan baker?” (we were in Dulwich!) and I explained that an artisan is a skilled physical worker - that artisan bakers’ bread will be made by hand and baked in the shop, whereas the...

Jun 13 2013 4:12PM
Everyday sexism - don’t (just) get angry…get active

A feminist’s work is never done – especially a feminist on twitter. Every time I log on, my twitter feed is full of tweets from the fabulous Everyday Sexism Project which collates stories of sexism. The stories outrage rather than...

Jun 13 2013 3:11PM
It’s rotten here in jail

Of William Shakespeare, it is often said that his works are as relevant today as when he originally penned them. I suspect this will be the same for the legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke , the Bard of Salford, after all some of...

Jun 12 2013 12:06PM
The “War on Terror” or a war of horror?

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? It’s one of those days that most people remember – most people with access to TV and the internet that is – because the events of that day were so shocking. I was working in a call...

Jun 4 2013 5:23PM
Mexico: beaches, enchiladas and enforced disappearances

Type ‘Mexico’ into Google and the vast majority of the links presented to you will relate to tourism (unless that’s just a result of scarily accurate user profiling…yes Google, I have just got back from a holiday and yes, Google, I do...