May 7 2020 2:21PM
What about the children?

By Les Walton CBE Chair of the Association of Education Advisers AoEA The regular Government press briefings quite rightly regularly report on the impact of the Coronavirus on the NHS and the economy. Increasing we are now hearing...

May 1 2020 11:35AM
Let children be heard: a failure to listen to children during the pandemic is a children’s rights issue.

By Holly Shorey, Vice Chair, Amnesty Children's Human Rights Network How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting children’s rights? The current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us, and all of us in different ways. Each generation is...

Apr 29 2020 1:49PM
COVID-19: What next for young people missing their exams?

Serena Jemmett 18, A-Level student (& Network Committee Member) On the 18th of march, Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of the Department for Education, announced that year 11 and year 13 students would not be sitting their public exams...

Apr 28 2020 3:58PM
I won the "Use Your Voice" competition - and ended up at the UN!

Blog by Eilidh Lynn, 15 at the time of winning 2019's 'Use Your Voice' competition. Last year I submitted an essay to the ‘Use Your Voice To Demand Your Rights’ competition run by the Amnesty UK Child Rights Network. I chose to write...

Jan 31 2020 3:31PM
Annual Report 2019

How does that happen? How does another year slip by without us noticing? It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were contemplating our 2019 programme and now, suddenly, it has flown by and we are thinking forward to 2020. In...

Oct 10 2019 2:51PM
Ndume Olatushani: 20 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit

Ndume Olatushani spent 28 years in a Tennessee prison - 20 years on death row - for a crime that he did not commit: the 1983 murder of Joe Belenchia. Twenty years of legal battles uncovered that evidence against him had been fabricated...

Oct 6 2019 9:37PM
Votes for children: the case for Universal Suffrage

Blog by Katherine Walton - Chair of Amnesty UK's Children's Human Rights Network Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights demands that “everyone” has the right to partake in their government, either by voting on things...

Sep 10 2019 4:36PM
The Right To Complain: Petition Hand in

Blog by Holly Shorey, Vice-Chair of the Amnesty UK Children's Human Rights Network On Friday 6th September, we handed in our “Make Rights Real” petition to the UK Government, Department for Education. Well over 7000 of you took action...

Jul 20 2019 2:44PM
If rights can’t be enforced, are they really rights?

Blog by Lisa Incledon, Children's Network Committee Member In the 30th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we are asking UK government to make sure that rights are real for all children. Convention on the Rights of the...

May 17 2019 2:23PM
IDAHOBIT Spotlight: Lui Asquith, Solicitor at Mermaids

Lui Asquith, Solicitor at Mermaids, Pronouns: They/them As a non-binary person and as someone who works for the rights of trans and gender variant children every day, IDAHOBIT 2019 is an opportunity to address the transphobia that...

May 17 2019 2:23PM
IDAHOBIT Spotlight: Khakan Qureshi, Activist and co-organiser of LGBTIQ+ Intersectionality and Islam Conference

Khakan Qureshi, Activist and co-organiser of LGBTIQ+ Intersectionality and Islam Conference, Pronouns: He/him IDAHOBIT is important to me for a variety of reasons. But the last few months, I feel, encapsulate why we need IDAHOBIT. In...

May 17 2019 2:17PM
IDAHOBIT Spotlight: Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Founder of UK Black Pride

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Founder of UK Black Pride Pronouns: She/her So much of the work we do at UK Black Pride is about ensuring the unique and specific experiences of queer people of colour are acknowledged, amplified and understood. We...

May 17 2019 1:44PM
Why IDAHOBIT is important to me and the LGBTI+ community

By Maria Munir and the Amnesty Rainbow Network IDAHOBIT – or International Day Against Homophobia, Biophobia, Intersexism and Transphobia – marks our global commitment to reducing inequality for LGBTI+ people. No matter where we are in...

Apr 25 2019 4:29PM
AGM Report Back

If you have not been to an Amnesty International AGM before you really should make the time to go, for reasons that I hope will become clear in this short report. We pitched up on the morning of Saturday April 13th for two days of...

Apr 8 2019 2:26PM
School Strikes for Climate

Strikers for climate justice tell us, in their own words, why they're skipping school to demand change.

Mar 31 2019 9:59PM
Happy international day of trans visibility to all of the trans community. Love and solidarity forever.

Blog by Jennie Joy, Rainbow Network Committee Member The 31st of March is International Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s a day for celebrating our trans siblings and recognizing and raising awareness of the discrimination that they...

Mar 20 2019 6:00PM
Egypt: Shocking escalation in executions

By 'The Stop Executions in Egypt Campaign', launched by the 'Egyptian Coordination of Rights and Freedoms' and other human rights organisations. The right to life is one of the most basic human rights. In all society's,religions...

Mar 19 2019 3:53PM
The Death Penalty in Britain

Let me make my position crystal clear upfront - I believe the death penalty is never justified and I’m thankful to live in a country with an independent justice system where it has long-since been abolished. But I’m never complacent in...

Jan 27 2019 1:02PM
Remembering the Holocaust: The murder of LGBTI people is not yet history

By Maria Munir. Maria is a human rights defender and LGBTI Network Committee Member. Content warning: mentions of murder, anti-Semitism, racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia Six million. That’s the first thing that...

Jan 25 2019 12:55PM
Putin has given Chechnya free rein to persecute LGBTI people

By Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT...

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