Dec 19 2017 5:49PM
Good news: your 2017 human rights victories
You’ve marched, you’ve protested, and you’ve petitioned authorities and governments everywhere. Here’s a small number of the human rights victories we’ve had in 2017.
Oct 6 2016 3:53PM
Good news: your latest victories on human rights
You, our supporters, have proved once again the impact an individual can have by being active on human rights. It's time to take a moment to reflect on the power of your actions. Your urgent response ensured 10-year old Ghina in Syria...
Aug 16 2016 5:02PM
Why I’m trekking across Peru
The 15 th Century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu has long been on my list of ‘things to do’, but finding the time and opportunity to do so has always been tricky. So I have to say I was rather pleased when I was first approached with th...
Jul 1 2016 3:01PM
Good news: How you've helped to keep hope alive
The world seems to be a darker place in the space of just a couple of weeks. With the attacks in Orlando; the loss of human rights activist and our friend Jo Cox; the rise in hate crimes towards our migrant communities and now the deva...
Jun 24 2016 5:20PM
This is no time to curse the darkness, we need to get to work
The die is cast; the UK is set to leave the EU. There are many uncertainties and one of them is what all of this means for human rights. During the campaign we witnessed the discourse and debate descend to divisive depths, we saw it ma...
Mar 30 2016 6:02PM
How you've made a difference in 2016 so far
Together we work to investigate and expose human rights abuses, and create a safer, more just world. Here are just some of the ways you have helped make a difference in recent months: 1. Albert Woodfox freed On an incredible day in Feb...
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 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...
Sep 30 2015 3:50PM
When Shaker Aamer is released from Guantánamo next month, it will be a strange sort of victory for his family
Over the years the campaign for justice for Shaker Aaker has seemed an almost hopeless one. Turning out with family and supporters to hand-deliver petitions to Downing Street or the US Embassy in London has been a forlorn affair, marke...
Sep 8 2015 4:49PM
Summary execution by drone could have come straight out of an Orwell sequel
If George Orwell was writing this century instead of last, I imagine it would have been a shorter book. Surely in 2084, we wouldn’t have got past half a dozen chapters before the narrator was summarily executed from the air by a remote...
Apr 29 2015 5:06PM
Mediterranean crisis: ‘We don’t let people drown’
I’ve just returned from meeting with shipwreck survivors, the coastguard and officials in Lampedusa – the Italian island on the frontline of the crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. It was incredibly harrowing but, as always, I was truly t...
Jan 20 2015 2:42PM
Why aren't UK ministers manning the free speech barricades for Raif Badawi?
After the horror of the Charlie Hebdo attack, world leaders have queued up to condemn the atrocity and voice their support for liberty and free speech. Prime Minister David Cameron was as forthright as any, quickly calling the attack i...
Sep 22 2014 3:00PM
Destroying Islamic State may push Lebanon to the brink
With momentum building over the US and its international partners carrying out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria as well Iraq, almost nothing has been said about what this might mean in terms of population flows and new refu...
Aug 12 2014 12:44PM
The UK needs to stop selling arms to Israel and open its eyes to the suffering caused by inaction
While we can only hope that the latest fitful emergency peace talks in Cairo make progress, the fact remains that the violence in Gaza and southern Israel has been utterly terrible and has filled most onlookers with despair bordering o...
Feb 21 2014 9:08AM
Cracking whips at Sochi: Russia's crackdown on free speech continues
It’s two years today since Pussy Riot climbed the steps to the altar of Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and ‘performed’, jumping, chanting, with unplugged guitars and microphones. After a minute, they were removed from the church. Tha...
Sep 30 2013 6:15PM
Commonwealth endorsement of Sri Lanka is a sham - the country's human rights record still appals
Channel Four has just revealed that on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary William Hague co-hosted a somewhat covert drinks reception in New York down a "dimly lit side street" near the UN headquarters. The other member of the party was Sri Lan...