Aug 19 2011 7:32PM
A toxic tragedy
Today marks the fifth year since tragedy struck for thousands of men, women and children living in Ivory Coast. Five years ago, toxic waste was dumped in various locations across Abdijan – Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. One month af...
Aug 18 2011 3:12PM
Taser death in the UK
The tragic death of Dale Burns is rightly being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. I hope – as I’m sure his family and friends also do – that this investigation is thorough and comprehensive and can provide r...
Aug 16 2011 5:49PM
Cluster Bombs and banks - a booming business
Cluster bombs have been the topic of the day for us today here in the press office. You may have already seen the story running in todays Independent , where we reveal exclusively how some UK high street banks, including the Royal Bank...
Aug 10 2011 1:46PM
Law and order nowhere to be seen…
With unprecedented riots and unrest spreading around England’s towns and cities like wildfire, it’s little wonder that newspapers have limited space for other stories. Which is why I’m not too surprised that the publication of a compre...
Aug 10 2011 1:46PM
Law and order nowhere to be seen…
With unprecedented riots and unrest spreading around England’s towns and cities like wildfire, it’s little wonder that newspapers have limited space for other stories. Which is why I’m not too surprised that the publication of a compre...
Jul 29 2011 4:57PM
Death on the island
The tragic murder of the British newlywed couple, Ben and Catherine Mullany, honeymooning on the romantic island of Antigua three years ago, and sent outrage and shock across both islands. Three years on, and news of the conviction of...
Jul 28 2011 5:51PM
Ivory Coast troubles far from over
We’ve heard little or nothing about Ivory Coast in recent months so you may be forgiven for thinking that the country’s violence is over and Ivory Coast has become a stable cocoa-making, coffee-growing oasis of calm. Unfortunately, and...
Jul 11 2011 5:40PM
End the cover-up. Tell us where Ebrima is.
Today marks five years since the enforced disappearance of Ebrima Manneh and still his family wait to find out what’s happened to him. On 11 July 2006, the Gambian journalist was arrested by plain-clothed police officers and has not be...
Jul 8 2011 5:48PM
A new dawn, a new Sudan
With the news agenda being dominated by the world of hacks and hackers, youd be hard pressed to hear of anything else, and probably the historic event of this weekend will pass many of us by. Im not referring to the end of the News of...
Jul 5 2011 3:24PM
‘Tis the season to be proud!
The sun shone brightly in London last Saturday as thousands of Londoners and visitors took to the streets to celebrate Pride. The parade was fun and very colourful, and Amnesty’s ‘Love is a Human Right’ float drew a great crowd as alwa...
Jul 4 2011 3:34PM
A Thai first
Assuming the title as Thailand's first female prime minister following the overwhelming victory in yesterday’s Thai elections is a great achievement for Yingluck Shinawatra, the younger sister of Thaksin. Particularly since she’s repor...
Jun 22 2011 4:08PM
Ivory Towers...? Not quite
The fighting has subsided, the television news crews have departed and to the casual observer normality has returned to the West African state of Ivory Coast. Given the ongoing unrest and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, it...
Jun 9 2011 4:34PM
Rape used in war... sound familiar?
Allegations that Colonel Gaddafi has used a new aspect of repression by ordering his forces to use rape as a weapon of war have reminded us once again that women and girls are so often used as a pawn in bloody battles. Hundreds of wome...
Jun 8 2011 3:15PM
Jailed for attempted homosexuality.?
Having worked at Amnesty for a few years I’ve come across a few so-called “crimes” in my time which various countries have devised to serve as a reason to imprison (or execute) people, normally those who are causing a nuisance to the s...
Apr 13 2011 4:09PM
Troubles still rage in Ivory Coast
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been pretty quiet on the happenings in Ivory Coast. That has actually been on purpose. We’ve had a research team on mission in Abidjan who were caught up in the thick of the violence. For their own...
Apr 5 2011 3:45PM
No more bloodbaths fuelled by UK weapons
The UK Government came in for heavy criticism today by the cross-party Committees on Arms Export Controls. The Committees' report concluded that sending weapons including armoured personnel carriers, crowd control equipment and ammunit...
Mar 24 2011 5:04PM
Politics turned into turf war
Watching George Osborne deliver the Budget yesterday reminded me how it’s been nearly a year since we were gripped by the uncertainty of the outcome of a general election here in the UK. Living in a country without a formed government...
Mar 11 2011 4:53PM
16 down, 34 to go!
Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to abolish the death penalty across Illinois couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Particularly for the 15 men who were on death row across the US state. The mid-western state – for which President Obama p...
Mar 8 2011 12:21PM
Sexism is dead.... Is it?
Happy 100th International Women’s Day! A day when the world both celebrates the economic and social progress of women and girls globally, and stops to consider whether gender equality has been achieved. According to today’s Daily Mail,...
Mar 4 2011 1:54PM
the story of a woman in a 100 years
Next week Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and already, we’re seeing various media outlets are giving a nod to this day of celebration. Online site Femalefirst.co.uk has reported on a great selection of...
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