2016 (30)
Dec 9 2016 2:48PM
Madeleine Moon MP celebrates Human Rights Day by taking action in support of Ilham Tohti
Every year Human Rights Day, which commemorates the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reminds us of how important universal rights are. For everyone, everywhere. But sadly so many people all over the world still...
Dec 8 2016 5:18PM
Amnesty International's Parliamentary Reception for Human Rights Day
Yesterday, we were once again thrilled to be able to mark Human Rights Day with our annual Parliamentary Reception in the Speaker’s House of Westminster Palaces. Ministers, MPs and Peers joined Amnesty activists, staff, volunteers and...
Nov 30 2016 1:50PM
Why your pot noodle might not just be bad for you, but for Indonesian child labourers too
It’s a sad state of affairs when companies, confronted with allegations of slavery in their supply chains, admit to it with little sense of shame. They express concern, tell us it’s unacceptable and that they’re doing everything they c...
Nov 1 2016 1:50PM
Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world
Over recent days, the relationship between the French and UK governments has been strained by renewed disagreement over who should take responsibility for children at Calais. The two governments have once more effectively abandoned the...
Oct 19 2016 6:04PM
Dental checks for child refugees: inappropriate, unethical and unreliable
Children who have fled from conflict zones and brutal regimes are finally being reunited with family in the UK. This should be a cause for celebration. Many have been living in squalor at risk from traffickers and abusers for months, n...
Oct 5 2016 5:04PM
There are no borders to compassion
We have been asking party conferences across the UK whether we have done enough to tackle the refugee crisis. This week was the turn of the Conservatives. As everyone rushes from meeting to meeting at party conferences, trying to look...
Oct 3 2016 3:17PM
Labour conference: A call for more voices of kindness
I was last at Labour conference in 2009 – then I was in Brighton working for a Government Minister who was being lobbied by business, NGOs and individuals alike. Seven years on and I was back! Location: Liverpool. Purpose: to lobby for...
Sep 19 2016 6:04PM
Theresa May’s message to the UN: Still shirking not sharing
Our Prime Minister has just addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, and her central message is a bold attempt to permit her to take less responsibility. The world is in the grip of a global refugee crisis; and i...
Aug 19 2016 5:06PM
Mo Farah’s double double: Bringing us all closer together
Mo Farah arguably just became the UK’s greatest ever Olympian. When he led the field across the line on Sunday, he completed a sensational back-to-back double – winning both 5,000 and 10,000 metre golds at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Of...
Aug 10 2016 2:15PM
Running or swimming for your life
I don’t know about you sports fans/political geeks but the Olympics and Paralympics feel like welcome break from a topsy-turvy rollercoaster of a political summer. A breather from Brexit and the ensuing chaos and political bickering th...
Aug 4 2016 5:35PM
Child detention: the powers that the Home Office won't let go
Written by Steve Symonds, Amnesty UK's Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director The power to detain is a long-standing Home Office obsession. For several years, the number of people detained has increased even as the proportion of...
Jul 13 2016 4:10PM
A new Prime Minister. A fresh start for human rights?
What a time to take over the reins of a country. Brexit fall out. A reported spike in hate crime , racism and xenophobia and a global refugee crisis in urgent need of political will and prioritisation… Welcome Theresa May. Welcome to y...
Jul 11 2016 5:57PM
People who've made the UK their home need and deserve certainty
The Brexit referendum decision is now the cause of considerable fear and uncertainty among the many European citizens and their families living in the United Kingdom. The reported rise in hate crimes compounds the uncertainty on which...
Jul 8 2016 10:24AM
Our verdict on the Chilcot report
By Kerry Moscogiuri, our Director of Supporter Campaigning and Communications Among all that we heard in response to the Chilcot report, it was the heart-breaking press conference called by the families of the servicemen and women kill...
Jun 3 2016 3:55PM
Five reasons why the EU deal with Turkey is inhumane
One-in-one-out. Not a phrase you ever want to hear, but it must be especially hard to stomach when you’re fleeing your home to escape war, exploitation and persecution. The EU’s deal with Turkey sees refugees and other migrants crossin...
May 18 2016 3:35PM
The déjà vu Queen’s Speech
You can’t beat the Palace of Westminster for a good ol’ slice of pomp and ceremony. Did you know that every year, ahead of the State opening of Parliament (or Queen’s Speech to the non-political geeks), the Beefeaters still sweep Westm...
May 9 2016 5:19PM
The government’s hokey-cokey on the European Convention is a dangerous game
IN or OUT that’s the question, but the debate before parliament today and the speech from the Home Secretary last week ventured to propose an altogether different Brexit: not from the EU, but from the European Convention on Human Right...
May 9 2016 4:47PM
As Europe continues to shirk responsibility, Kenya threatens to quit hosting refugees
On Friday, the Kenyan government announced it intends to close its refugee camps. These camps host over 600,000 refugees – mostly in Kakuma and Dadaab, the latter being the world’s largest refugee camp. The announcement will bring much...
Mar 11 2016 6:00PM
Urgent: Stop the new Snooper’s Charter annihilating our rights
The UK government is rushing a bill through parliament that, if it becomes law, will violate the human rights of every single person in the UK. The Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) – otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter – is a dange...
Mar 8 2016 1:04PM
Seven reasons we still need to fight for women’s human rights
This post by Corallina Lopez-Curzi originally appeared on RightsInfo and is reproduced here with permission and thanks. Follow @rights_info on Twitter. Human rights are the basic minimum protections which every human being should be ab...
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