Aug 21 2019 10:31AM
Making an activist

This is the speech Davie Donaldson made at the 2019 Amnesty Scotland Festival Reception ‘Why did I become an activist?’ It’s a good question, and one that I was asked before speaking to an Amnesty International audience at the...

Jul 31 2019 10:59AM
The march of Pride on the road to justice

This is a guest blog by Amnesty Scotland volunteer Maneeya Saributh You know it is Pride season when rainbow flags appear to gracefully wave from buildings, shops, transport and other unexpected places; that’s if you’re lucky enough to...

Jul 1 2019 11:48AM
Cycle Against Torture

This is a guest post from Moira Dunworth, a member of the Edinburgh group of Freedom from Torture. Freedom from Torture is the only UK-based human rights organisation dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors...

Jun 27 2019 11:59AM
Fifty years after Stonewall riots: Pride, protest and a hunger for equality

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots this weekend, Amnesty Scotland are sharing this blog post written by Caroline Courtney, who works as a digital campaigner at the Amnesty International Secretariat. Fifty years ago...

Jun 24 2019 1:57PM
10 things you didn’t know about Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective

Our Global Youth Collective comprises of 15 innovative youth leaders and staff members from across Amnesty International’s movement. They work across five continents to bring thought leadership and youth perspectives to all aspects of...

Jun 4 2019 11:29AM
Unhappy Anniversary

This blog post contributor has chosen to remain anonymous for their own security #Remember64: 30 years since the brutal 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Imagine if your loved one never made it home, no one explained what had...

Apr 25 2019 12:59PM
Giving refugees a sporting chance

This blog is written by Amnesty Scotland volunteer Maneeya Saributh Mark your calendar for the weekend of 27-28 April and be ready to be a part of something fun – its Football Welcomes Weekend! Did you know that, refugees have made...

Apr 23 2019 2:48PM
Campaigning for children’s rights

Josh Kennedy is a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (the democratically elected body of Scotland’s young people, aged 12-25) for the Renfrewshire North and West area, and one of the trustees of the organisation. He has been...

Apr 17 2019 12:34PM
Who we are

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...

Apr 17 2019 12:30PM
The Power of Action

This blog was written by Gabriel Calvert, Amnesty Scotland volunteer and member of the Dundee Amnesty local group I recently had the great privilege of attending the 2019 Amnesty International UK Conference and AGM. It was my first...

Apr 5 2019 10:25AM
Pride is a party, but it is also a protest.

Gabriel Calvert, member of the Amnesty Dundee group, Football Welcomes volunteer, and all round excellent activist wrote this guest blog post about the recent Trans Pride march in Dundee. At the end of March, Dundee played host to the...

Apr 3 2019 9:55AM
The solutions to climate crisis are known – now is the time to act

Elizabeth Thomson, Campaigner at Amnesty Scotland, reflects on the Scottish Parliament's recent debates about climate change, and why climate change is a human rights issue. Recently the Scottish Green Party (SGP) used their...

Aug 24 2018 12:21PM
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

A guest blog written by Amnesty International Scotland volunteer, Hannah Buchan. ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and...

Aug 20 2018 2:53PM
Freedom of Expression Award 2018

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. This year 40 longlisted...

Jun 21 2018 10:08PM
My First Pride

Guest blog by Amnesty International Scotland volunteer Emma Jevons Edinburgh held its annual 2018 Pride March on Saturday, and as a new volunteer with Amnesty International Scotland, I was beyond excited to get involved. Historically...

Jun 11 2018 10:02AM
The Brexit Advert in the Papers Today

Scottish organisations have paid for an advert in The Times and Herald about Brexit and protecting human rights.

Jun 6 2018 10:11AM
Planning for Pride 2018

Pride is an important part of our calendar. In Scotland we’re helping Amnesty’s local groups coordinate attendance at as many Prides as possible to raise awareness of the human rights implications of failures to respect LGBTI people’s...

May 28 2018 2:57PM
Liu Xia: Chinese poet under house arrest

Liu Xia has been under house arrest since 2010, but her fellow artists have not forgotten her.

May 24 2018 1:20PM
I am Aster

Today is Aster Fissehatsion's 67th birthday. The Eritrean politician was arrested in 2001 and has never been heard from since. To mark her birthday and Eritrea's Liberation Day we say "I AM ASTER".

May 14 2018 4:24PM
Tep Vanny: Jailed for defending her home

On 23 February 2017, Cambodian land rights activist Tep Vanny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for ‘intentional violence with aggravating circumstances’ – her crime was mobilising the local community in Cambodia’s Boeung...