2015 (43)
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,...
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 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...
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 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 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 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 monit...
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 yester...
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 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 unmanag...
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 ign...
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