Jan 5 2018 2:37PM
Immigration Detainees in the UK
A volunteer for Amnesty International shares the shock, anger and inspiration to highlight the plight of UK immigration detainees.
Dec 18 2017 9:48AM
Dispatches from Scotland: Bonface Massah
Bonface Massah, Director of the Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM) visited the UK in November 2017. He was originally scheduled to visit in 2016 to coincide with Annie Alfred, a young person with albinism in Malawi, featuring...
Dec 11 2017 11:52AM
Final dispatch from Activists Conference
Cristine Ferguson was our furthest travelled delegate at the Activists Conference, here she shares her motivation for making the journey Living in Orkney it is a big thing travelling ‘sooth’ to an Amnesty UK AGM and conference. I have...
Dec 4 2017 12:45PM
Scotland Activists Conference
Gabriel Calvert from the Dundee University Amnesty Group shares his experience of the Scotland Activists Conference The Amnesty International Scottish Activist Conference was an inspirational gathering of likeminded activists from acro...
Dec 1 2017 10:21AM
Bureaucratic Borders
The Hurdles Faced by Migrants to the UK Lee Caspi is a research volunteer with Amnesty International UK’s Scotland office Immigration has been at the forefront of political discourse in the UK in recent years. The issue was one of the...
Nov 27 2017 12:12PM
Scotland Activists Conference - report!
Amnesty local group member, Cathy Crawford, shares her experience of the 2017 Activists Conference It was a cold sunny morning for our conference in Edinburgh, and I would say our spirits were as good as the sunshine and as the day dev...
Nov 23 2017 10:56AM
The UK Home Office – Where Art Goes to Die
Lee Caspi is a research volunteer with Amnesty International UK’s Scotland office The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, taking place annually during the month of August. It runs parallel to two other large...
Nov 22 2017 10:25AM
Imprisoned Writers debate at Holyrood
On Thursday 23 November, the Members Debate S5M-07970 will take place in the Scottish Parliament: That the Parliament acknowledges that, each year, 15 November marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, which commemorates writers around t...
Nov 22 2017 10:09AM
The work of the Scotland office
The Amnesty Scotland office was founded by Ruth Adler who was employed as the Scottish Development Officer in 1991. Befitting the new location, the Scotland Office launch in 1992 centred on a Burns Night Supper. A scholar and passionat...
Aug 11 2017 4:26PM
Why I'm volunteering for Amnesty at the Edinburgh Festival
Guest blog from Amnesty FestiVol Rona MacNicol : As a fulltime student and with a part time job, it is often challenging to immerse and involve myself with the organisations I admire most. I often find myself researching the work of wo...
Aug 11 2017 4:24PM
Freedom of Expression Award 2017
The Freedom of Expression Award honours an Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre production of excellent artistic merit that builds understanding and raises awareness about human rights in an inspirational way. Around 70 longlisted product...
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...
Jun 2 2017 2:20PM
Scottish Party Manifesto's - how do they compare on human rights?
When the snap general election was called a few weeks ago, Amnesty International in Scotland announced our manifesto recommendations for all parties in Scotland (see download below). Now that all of the main parties in Scotland (those...
Apr 4 2017 5:15PM
Taser and spit hood use by Police Scotland
Tasers use in Scotland has been fairly limited with 113 uses since April 2013, 7 of which were on minors, the youngest being 15. A limited number of specialist officers are trained in the use of the device. However, in the wake of the...
Mar 7 2017 4:27PM
Inspirational Women's Day
Amnesty International’s theme for International Women’s Day this year is Human Rights Defenders. We are focussing on those women who often put themselves in great danger in order to further the rights of women and their communities. Th...
Nov 8 2016 11:20AM
That MoU with the Chinese companies…
With the news that the Scottish Government’s Memorandum of Understanding with two Chinese companies may have fallen through, it’s a good time to reflect on what lessons can be learned from all this. With the news dominated (understanda...
Apr 20 2015 5:26PM
Human trafficking Mexico - Lydia Cacho interview
I interviewed Lydia Cacho last week for the Sunday Mail newspaper in Scotland. Below is a link to my article, published yesterday. Cacho - a prominent investigative reporter and human rights campaigner from Mexico - was in the UK as pa...
Mar 24 2015 10:52AM
Pakistan - Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
I recently visited Pakistan to document the work of human rights activists who oppose the Taliban. In the city of Peshawar, I met with a journalist called Abdullah Malik who was threatened for highlighting issues such as the persecutio...
Mar 6 2015 12:00AM
Digital human rights in Pakistan
I recently visited Pakistan and interviewed an organisation based in Islamabad that focuses on information and communications technology to promote human rights. My report was published yesterday by The National. Please click on the fo...
Feb 18 2015 12:00AM
Pakistan - Aware Girls promote human rights
I recently visited Pakistan where I worked with a human rights organisation called Aware Girls, founded more than a decade ago by two sisters called Gulalai and Saba Ismail. Aware Girls is based in Peshawar, a sprawling city in the tro...
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