Oct 23 2015 5:04PM
The new order: A Tiananmen survivor deemed a criminal, and the President of China his victim
Dr Shao Jiang is a survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre. He has spent the 26 years since then calling for justice for the victims and relatives – his friends – who were brutally killed, harmed and oppressed in the wake of the 1989 pro...
Jul 17 2015 4:44PM
Breaking the law: China rounds up its lawyers
“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers” Dickens wrote, envisaging the ‘bad people’ as the lawyer’s clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in f...
Jun 30 2015 3:19PM
Reaping, sowing, Courting: The Amnesty Magna Carta garden
It was probably a similar scorcher of a day back in June 1215 when some pushy barons gathered in the shade of a yew tree in Runneymede and, with King John, there signed a document which set out the principle that the ruler is subject t...
Feb 27 2015 4:40PM
Human rights news of the week: 27 February
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Dec 19 2014 6:25PM
2014 – Goodbye to all that
So according to the Oxford Dictionary the word of the year for 2014 is vape . Looking into the rear-view mirror as we round the bend away from 2014 that seems to me to be quite a vacuous focus to select. 2014 has, on reflection, been a...
Sep 23 2014 1:25PM
Made in China: the world's 'tools of torture' factory
How much of what you own is ‘Made in China’? It’s a difficult question to answer, not helped by the fact that the relationship between manufacturer and consumer is rarely a direct one. But starting with my own desk, the phone, fan and...
Sep 12 2014 9:43AM
Sand- Witch Hunt in Thailand
You probably had a sandwich for lunch and thought nothing of it. But in Thailand these days, you have to watch what you eat, as well as what you say. On 20 May this year, the military declared martial law in Thailand, with the stated a...
Jul 14 2014 9:52AM
The problem with the secret service – is the secrecy
Today the British intelligence agencies and the Ministers responsible for them will be under the spotlight in a historic case to determine whether mass communications surveillance is lawful. Thanks to the revelations of whistle-blower...
Jun 3 2014 9:01PM
25 years later: Remembering Tiananmen against the odds
It is our duty to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown, as Amnesty and as ordinary people outside China. We should do it because we can. The opening phrase of a book, The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi, an Italian...
May 2 2014 6:18PM
Read all about it: the journalists spending World Press Freedom Day in the dock, a hospital bed, a cell or in the morgue
Stunt double, acrobat, soldier, miner, sky diver, poison taster, astronaut, journalist … there are some dangerous professions out there and no mistake, but being a hack is a surprisingly hazardous trade. Tomorrow is World Press Freedom...
Mar 28 2014 4:47PM
Waterloo – couldn’t escape if they wanted to
Help get prisoners of conscience home - and see your name appear on our special 'departure boards' at Waterloo station. Text HOME and your FULL NAME to 70505 eg. HOME JOHN SMITH to 70505 Texts charged at your normal rate. You must be a...
Mar 18 2014 11:23AM
Catching the conscience of a Kim
“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of a king”, says Hamlet, the eponymous Prince of Denmark in Shakespeare’s immortal play. In the 450 th year since the ‘Bard’ was born, that appears to be part of a plan hatched by...
Dec 20 2013 11:02AM
The human rights blog of the year
There’s something comforting about wrapping up the year with a wrap-up. Surveying the previous 12 months form the safety of the last day in the office and mulling over the progress and disasters. There’s no shortage of ‘Year in Review’...
Dec 5 2013 11:27AM
New satellite images map scale of North Korea’s prison camps from above, new testimonies detail the horror from the ground
‘After a night of “servicing” the officials, the women had to die because the secret could not get out. This happens at most of the political prison camps.’ The haunting words of one of the prison guards from North Korea’s largest pris...
Oct 22 2013 5:18PM
Time for the US to drone up
It’s a rare achievement to have an Amnesty report as the top ranked story on Google News, but that has been the case throughout today. In our new report on drones, Amnesty calls for the USA to be held to account over killings in Pakist...
Oct 8 2013 5:03PM
The whole country is one huge prison cell: Yodok stories
“It breaks my heart as a mother and grandmother, now in the twilight of my life, that I live my life in this bliss, while my family died in that land of death. It is a huge prison cell." There are a number of stories about North Korea...
Sep 13 2013 5:30PM
Rare actions, virtue and vengeance: India’s notorious rape case and the death penalty
There is a provision in Indian law, under which the death penalty can only be handed down in a case which meets the definition of the ‘rarest of the rare’. Today, a court ruled that the notorious Delhi rape case, met that definition. T...
Sep 12 2013 4:48PM
Past caring – Amnesty’s call a for new overarching investigation into Northern Ireland’s bloody past
“In Northern Ireland the past is the present”. So says Peter Heathwood, who was shot and left paralysed in an attack on his home by suspected loyalist gunmen in September 1979. His father, Herbert, died of a heart attack at the scene,...
Aug 9 2013 3:25PM
Dangerously funny - Amnesty at the fringe – the price of a laugh
Have you heard the one about the dictator who couldn’t take a joke? The news from North Korea suggests it’s a dangerous place to be funny; where this week a comedian was sent to do ha, ha, hard labour in a coal mine midway through her...
Apr 30 2013 6:05PM
Critically acclaimed: New report on Sri Lanka's 'Assault on Dissent'
It’s always good to be able to say your work is critically-acclaimed, and you can’t get more critical than Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK. This morning on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme he called our new repo...
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