Oct 11 2017 3:37PM
Australia's shame - why Europe must not follow its hard-hearted policies on refugees
Written by Claire Mallinson, Director of Amnesty Australia* Naru - 'Island of Despair' The Australian government’s offshore processing system for refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is harsh and cruel. Amnesty’s repor...
Oct 4 2017 5:07PM
Home and Away: recommended refugee and migrant stories from around the world
By Mairi Kidd, consultant for education and arts projects. Have you ever read a novel set in a place you know, by an author who knows it less well, and thought, ‘no, that’s not quite right’? It happens to me with books set in particula...
Oct 4 2017 4:01PM
Human rights in the DNA
British-Iranian actress, Homeland star and human rights campaigner Nazanin Boniadi talks about her bicultural upbringing, the links between acting and activism, and her Amnesty podcast . What was your childhood like? My parents were po...
Oct 4 2017 3:07PM
Hate crime hurts
Every year thousands of people in the UK are attacked and harassed – physically or verbally. It isn’t only members of black and minority ethnic communities, immigrants and refugees who suffer. Muslims, Jews, gay, transgender and disabl...
Oct 4 2017 2:30PM
Key human rights issues in the UK
The UK's human rights come under review The human rights record of every country in the world comes up for scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council every five years, in a process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The process...
Sep 6 2017 10:19AM
Campaigning to free Kamal Foroughi, the longest imprisoned EU citizen in Iran
Written by Daren Nair, Amnesty International UK activist. On 3 September 2017, British grandfather Kamal Foroughi turned 78 years old. This was his 2,315th day behind bars in Iran’s Evin Prison. My local Amnesty group and I have spent...
Aug 1 2017 3:34PM
Amnesty International and Glasgow FrontRunners July 2017
The Glasgow FrontRunners (LGBT+ inclusive) are supporting Amnesty International at their OUTrun event on 19th August. The OUTrun is a five-mile course, which attracts runners of all abilities from across the UK and offers participants...
Jul 7 2017 12:47PM
Love is a right, not a gift
By Simon Ware, Chair at Amnesty UK LGBTI Network This year’s theme for Pride in London is “Love Happens Here”. It does. It happens everywhere, and it takes all forms imaginable, but here in the UK, and in London in particular, it is mu...
Jun 15 2017 10:58AM
We All Sleep Under The Same Stars, a collection of illustrated poems written by eleven year old children
Written by Karen Argent, Project Director of the Letterpress Project I have always been an avid book lover and book collector, so when I recently retired from being a university lecturer in early childhood studies, I and my husband set...
Jun 14 2017 2:10PM
Resources for Refugee Week
This year’s Refugee Week theme is ‘Our Shared Future’ and it celebrates the brilliant things that Britain’s communities have worked together to build, whilst also being hopeful about a future enriched by all people who call the UK home...
Jun 6 2017 4:02PM
Illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate UK Chris Riddell upholds children's rights
Amnesty Ambassador Chris Riddell will step down as the 9 th Children's Laureate on 7 June, a day ahead of the General Election. He has written a statement calling on the UK to urgently address three key human rights issues that affect...
May 24 2017 11:44AM
Artists for Amnesty – Spring Update
Kaiser Chiefs make some noise for Amnesty We started the year with a bang, working with our wonderful Ambassadors, Kaiser Chiefs, to highlight human rights on their tour. Together we created an inspirational short film showing that in...
May 19 2017 4:06PM
Indonesia: Ahok conviction for blasphemy is an injustice
On 9 May, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, was convicted of blasphemy. He was immediately sentenced to two years in prison. This is despite evidence that his words had been twisted for political purposes. Ahok, who is a Ch...
May 11 2017 12:11PM
Miscarriage is not a crime
By Rajwinder Sahota, AIUK Country Coordinator for El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua On 8 May, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez marked another birthday locked away inside her prison cell in El Salvador. Her crime? Having a miscarriage. Teod...
May 5 2017 10:39AM
Under pressure – UK arms sales to Saudi
By Lucy Wake - Government and Political Relations Manager, Amnesty UK If we have learnt anything from the suffragettes, global human rights movements or gay rights campaigners it must be this. Change is not inevitable. Change is hard f...
May 4 2017 11:14AM
What to watch on Netflix right now
Check out these eight unmissable films about human rights and the people who fight for them - all out on Netflix this Spring. 1. The White Helmets When bombs rain down from the sky, the volunteers of the Syrian Civil Defence come to th...
Apr 24 2017 5:00PM
A short history of human rights and children’s books
By Nicky Parker, Publisher at Amnesty International UK. This is the second year of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, an extra commendation for two books on the Carnegie and Greenaway Medal shortlists that best uphold, illuminate or celebrate h...
Apr 20 2017 10:34AM
The Co-operative Bank – rethinking civil society account closures
By Kate Allen, Director Amnesty International UK This week Amnesty International is publishing a report on the Co-operative Bank’s closure of accounts of some of their non-governmental organisation (NGO) customers, which the Bank justi...
Apr 5 2017 4:58PM
These businesses are making millions running Nauru refugee detention centre
By Peter Frankental, our Business and Human Rights Programme Director In a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, the Australian government has created an island of despair, where refugees fleeing persecution are trapped and live in appal...