2015 (29)
Dec 10 2015 9:55AM
Why the UK government must remain a human rights champion
Written by Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) In my role as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), I would like to mark International Human Rights Day this year by stre...
Dec 1 2015 11:28AM
Yemen conflict: Does the UK have blood on its hands?
In April 2013 David Cameron welcomed the UN’s adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, heralding it as a 'landmark agreement that will save lives and ease the immense human suffering caused by armed conflict around the world.' Two years late...
Nov 17 2015 3:49PM
We must not close our hearts to refugees – it won’t make us any safer
In the wake of callous acts of terror committed in Paris on Friday, now more than ever is a time to stand up for human rights and unite against the perpetrators of hate, violence and brutality wherever they are from and whomever they t...
Nov 13 2015 6:00PM
Modi and Cameron: a very special relationship, but what's not being said?
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is halfway through a three-day state visit to the UK. Last night he stayed at David Cameron’s countryside retreat, today he dined with the Queen and right now he's hosting a huge Diwali celebration...
Nov 12 2015 12:25PM
India is muzzling its critics and harassing its NGOs: will Cameron speak out?
David Cameron has had a busy few weeks. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just arrived in London to much fanfare, hot on the heels of visits from China’s Xi Jinping and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Reached London. In...
Nov 9 2015 10:28AM
The public’s message in new poll: Keep your hands off the Human Rights Act
A poll we commissioned on attitudes to human rights in the UK made for happy reading. The top line was this; there really is no appetite to repeal the Human Rights Act among the British public. The findings come ahead of the government...
Nov 6 2015 5:24PM
Not in my back yard: a shameful response to human tragedy
Greek PM Tsipras: 'No solution 2 #refugeecrisis as too many countries say not in my backyard.' UK is one of those. https://t.co/7WA1Hreql4 — Steve Symonds (@stevesymondsAI) October 26, 2015 Indeed. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras w...
Nov 4 2015 10:00AM
Chinese money, Saudi security and arms for Egypt: does Cameron care about human rights at all?
It has been months since the media first started suggesting that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would visit the UK soon, but it seems the “autocratic” leader will finally make it to London this week. It’s not too surprising th...
Oct 20 2015 11:15AM
China: Picking quarrels and causing trouble (part II)
As President Xi Jinping’s plane hits the tarmac he must be excited about the royal welcome that he’ll be getting in the UK – the red carpet has been rolled out, the flags raised and the banquet prepared! I’m sure he’ll be keen to enjoy...
Oct 6 2015 6:26PM
Theresa May's absence of evidence is evidence of absence
Party conference speeches are often heavy on the rhetoric, light on the detail. They are meant to be rousing and engaging, after all, so I guess statistics, research and, I don't know...proof, often get bumped for metaphors and even (o...
Oct 5 2015 1:50PM
The UK is trading away its credibility in its relations with Saudi Arabia and China
The revelation that the UK secretly supported the candidacy of Saudi Arabia for a place on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council is a fascinating - if disconcerting - peek behind the diplomatic curtain. It appears to have been a sim...
Oct 1 2015 4:20PM
The Corbyn effect on human rights?
Party Conferences have always been a predictable affair. The party faithful gathering en masse for days (and nights) on end to campaign, gossip and grumble about their party and their policies – often fuelled by little sleep, warm whit...
Sep 8 2015 6:08PM
March with us to show solidarity with refugees on 12 September
By Ros Ereira, organiser of the Solidarity with refugees march , supported by Amnesty I don’t know what it is that convinces leaders to stand up and do the right thing. I’ve been on marches before with many thousands of people, and the...
Aug 10 2015 5:57PM
Prime Minister, we need to talk about people
David Cameron tells the UK : 'Our migrant communities are a fundamental part of who we are and Britain is a far richer and stronger society because of them.' Yes, Prime Minister! How right you are. I couldn’t agree more with you that '...
Jul 15 2015 12:03PM
Providing refugees with a second chance in life
I was only 4 when my family left Afghanistan to come to the UK so I don’t remember much of the war, but my parents certainly do. They remember things like hundreds of people being buried alive in their town, my dad’s cousin being taken...
Jul 10 2015 3:27PM
Freedom comes at a price in Ethiopia - and the UK
The struggle for human rights is a long one, fraught with set-backs and challenges, so it’s always nice to get a bit of good news once in a while. Yesterday Ethiopia released a number of bloggers and journalists imprisoned for exercisi...
Jul 3 2015 4:51PM
Kindertransport and Sir Nicholas Winton
London’s Liverpool Street station is a familiar part of my life. I pass through it almost every weekday and emerge beneath Bishopsgate’s steel and glass towers without a thought. Occasionally, I take a different route, onto Liverpool S...
Jul 2 2015 5:30PM
We need to know why the UK government spied on Amnesty International
Temperatures hit the roof at our London office yesterday on the hottest July day since records began. It wasn’t just the mercury in the barometers that was rising – we had just been emailed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) wh...
Jul 1 2015 3:21PM
Warning: stay out of the sun, drink water, celebrate the Human Rights Act
Slap on the sunscreen - it’s the hottest day for a decade and health warnings are being doled out like sweets given to fancy-dressed children on Halloween. If only misguided government proposals also came with their own health warnings...
Jun 8 2015 2:35PM
Human Rights Act: You spoke out, they heard
In the run-up to the Queen’s speech, we were preparing for the announcement of scrapping the Human Rights Act – the juggernaut had been gaining momentum with stories in the press about the new British Bill of Rights. Lawyer Martin Howe...
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