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Jun 17 2014 6:33PM
How to pick quarrels and influence people in China

In China “picking quarrels” is a serious criminal offence that can lead to spending lengthy amounts of time languishing in jail. Last week Amnesty highlighted the plight of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang who was formally arrested for...

Jun 17 2014 11:15AM
The perfect storm of 'party political' and the Lobbying Act

Anyone familiar with the work of Amnesty International will know that in some places criticism of the government can get you into trouble. I nearly fell off my chair last week when I saw that Conor Burns MP had referred Oxfam GB to the...

Mar 20 2014 12:00PM
Don't spy on us

Are you sitting comfortably? If you are reading this blog, the chances are you are using an electronic device - a computer, a mobile phone, or possibly a tablet. You may be sat in the comfort of your own home, be at work, in a café or...

Feb 17 2014 4:31PM
A Royal approach to human rights

As Prince Charles visits Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week I hope he's under no illusion that outside of the palatial royal residences of Riyadh and Doha there are serious human rights abuses being perpetrated. This is the Prince’s...

Jan 31 2014 4:32PM
The Lobby bill becomes law but we won't be silenced

This week the Lobbying Bill (the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill) reached the end of the parliamentary process, gaining Royal Ascent and becoming law. For us at Amnesty International...

Jan 21 2014 4:54PM
Henry VIII, the Lobbying Bill, and rolling back public engagement in politics

Whilst I’m no expert on the democratic record of English monarchs, an alarm bell rang yesterday when I saw that the government were introducing a ‘Henry VIII Clause’ to the Lobbying Bill (the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party...