Nov 15 2013 3:52PM
Killer Robots? We're after you
Coming soon near you it’s The Terminator. Yes, folks the fully autonomous weapon is firmly on the horizon. Whether on the battlefield or targeted on the streets, these weapons should have no place in warfare or policing. But a future w...
Sep 25 2013 10:18AM
Surge in forced evictions humiliates France
I honestly cannot believe what is happening across the channel in France. In case you had forgotten a little over a year ago, the French public swept aside Sarkozy’s government and elected Francoise Hollande. For the world of human rig...
Sep 24 2013 1:55PM
Vote Amnesty!
OK I feel a bit like Lord Kitchener this morning. Amnesty needs you! Well to be more accurate, Amnesty’s education team needs your vote. This morning People’s Postcode Lottery in conjunction with the Daily Mirror launched the Vote That...
Sep 10 2013 1:34PM
Tasers: regulate not roll out
It’s all gone a bit hectic today. And it’s all about Tasers. In case you haven’t heard new figures are out revealing Taser usage in each police force, which is why Kate Allen was on Sunrise on Sky News and I have been chatting on 23 di...
Sep 4 2013 4:19PM
The scandal of Roma schoolchildren
This morning I was a proud parent as my youngest trotted off for her first day of school. In reception she will be surrounded by kids of different nationalities, cultures and religions. Here there is no question of marginalising one se...
May 31 2013 1:02PM
Time for Europe to end persecution of Roma
It’s Friday. The sun is out and frankly I’m on my soap box once again. Why oh why do so many of Europe’s leaders continue to persecute Roma? The Roma community get given short shrift when it comes to housing. They are constantly subjec...
May 17 2013 12:49PM
On the march against homophobia - from Finland to Zambia via the UK
Today is International Day Against Homophobia – and in all honesty it could hardly be a hotter topic. The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency released horrific statistics that revealed that 26 per cent of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...
May 15 2013 9:39PM
Arms Trade Treaty, wow what a night...
Wow, what a night. It takes quite a lot to make me speechless, but tonight’s special event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office certainly did that. It’s been 20 years in the making, but here were the great and the good all gathered t...
May 14 2013 4:32PM
The dark shadow hanging over Eurovision
It’s Eurovision time. And while our national press indulges itself in a celebration of Euro-pop, cheese and kitsch , it’s worthwhile turning our minds back 12 months and putting the spotlight once more on the hosts of the 2012 song con...
Apr 8 2013 2:01PM
EU inaction on Roma is a disgrace
OK I have a bee in my bonnet. Today is “International Roma Day” and I find it truly astonishing that in this day and age Europe’s nations continue to not only tolerate prejudice against the Roma community, but in some cases peddle hatr...
Mar 26 2013 3:02PM
Legacy time for the UK Government as Arms Trade Treaty talks reach critical point
After nearly 20 years of campaigning for an effective Arms Trade Treaty, the next 48 hours could be history in the making . This is legacy time. The talks will reach their climax at the United Nations in New York on Thursday night. The...
Feb 15 2013 1:22PM
A crucial deadline for the journalists of tomorrow
On Monday at 5pm the deadline falls on both the Amnesty International Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition and the Student Human Rights Reporter Award . I cannot describe how vitally important both are to Amnesty. There...
Feb 8 2013 12:36PM
Hollywood, Chile, eBay and No
Is there a connection between a brutal dictator, a Hollywood icon, eBay, your local cinema and Amnesty International? The answer is yes and ‘No’ . Here is a bit of background. Forty years ago in Chile, General Augusto Pinochet swept th...
Dec 10 2012 11:14AM
Net closing in on Shell
It has been a long time coming, but today it looks like the day of reckoning is finally coming for Royal Dutch Shell. Pollution caused by oil companies in the Niger Delta over the last six decades has destroyed what was once a pictures...
Nov 16 2012 10:27AM
So here it is... Student Conference
So here it is Merry Christmas everybody’s having fun… Whoops wrong event. I meant Student Conference. Anyway, it’s the same sentiment. I love it (Student Conference that is, not the Noddy Holder song from 1973 – although it does have i...
Nov 12 2012 12:14PM
Europe's police must show restraint
Restraint is the buzz word of the week. The key is whether Europe’s police can manage it. There’s no doubt it’s going to be difficult. The whole of the continent is gripped by austerity. Hard-won benefits and cherished pensions are bei...
Nov 5 2012 1:05PM
"Social networkers are mentally ill," says host nation of Global Internet Forum
While the global focus today will undoubtedly be on the presidential elections in the United States , in Baku events are unfolding that could also influence the daily lives of everyone on the planet – the Azerbaijani capital is hosting...
Sep 25 2012 5:32PM
The Toxic Truth on Trafigura
A big day for us at Amnesty with the launch of the Toxic Truth report on Trafigura’s activities. We worked with Greenpeace for three years painstakingly looking through loads of data and chasing up many different leads to examine the c...
Aug 28 2012 1:20PM
Exposing the world of mining and Vedanta
It’s all happening in the world of mining today. The great and good of the mining industry are gathering in London for the AGM of FTSE 100 company Vedanta. So what exactly is Vedanta? Without wishing to scream: ‘Where have you been!’ h...
Aug 14 2012 4:04PM
Australian madness
I honestly cannot believe what is happening in Australia at the moment. Right now Australian MPs are debating about whether to re-open offshore detention centres for refugees arriving in the country by boat. It shouldn’t even be a conv...
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