Read the latest opinion pieces from AIUK published in the UK’s national media.
On 3 June, Sudanese people’s hopes for a peaceful transition to a government of their choice were crushed mercilessly.
Published 15 June 2019
While the spotlight is falling on the US, Northern Ireland still has one of the worst abortion bans worldwide. It deserves our anger.
Published 7 June 2019
Last year, just a week after Donald Trump’s turbulent first visit to the UK as US president, it was revealed that Sajid Javid had given the US a free pass on the death penalty.
Published 4 June 2019
After the travel ban, funding cuts for women’s reproductive health, withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, excusing neo-Nazis at Charlottesville, a ban on trans people in the military and more arms for Saudi Arabia, we need to be serious about the need to resist.
Published 4 June 2019
Tanks on the streets have been replaced by online repression, surveillance and censorship – but no amount of censorship that will erase the horror of 4 June 1989 from history.
Published 3 June 2019
When journalists, rather than those responsible for the mass shooting of civilians, find themselves behind bars, we should all be concerned. And when it is happening in our own country, we need to speak out.
Published 28 May 2019
Thousands have taken to the streets across the United States this week to protest against the wave of abortion bans sweeping the country. Rightly, there is a huge amount of outrage over the terrifying roll-back on reproductive freedom, not just from the US but across the world.
Published 24 May 2019
Thousands of Syrians are dead and their city devastated. How dare the US, UK and French militaries speak of ‘surgical strikes’?
Published 23 May 2019
With the Israeli government supporting tourism as a means to consolidate the settlements, let us not forget that the settlements are entirely illegal under international law.
Published 19 April 2019
Global executions are falling, but the UK still has a responsibility to condemn the death penalty everywhere
The introduction of death-by-stoning laws in Brunei and the continued use of capital punishment in 20 countries worldwide underlines that this cruel form of human rights abuse continues to thrive across the globe.
Published 10 April 2019
That's three full years spent in prison. Away from her family, including her young daughter Gabriella. Away from her friends, away from her charity work, away from her normal life.
Published 3 April 2019
75% of the population overall would be concerned if they were left with fewer rights after Brexit – but where is the political cavalry to defend those protections?
Published 25 March 2019
In all my years campaigning for abortion rights in Northern Ireland, I’ve met many women whose lives have been turned upside down because of the country’s cruel abortion law. But each time I still get shocked by the stories I hear.
Published 27 February 2019
In the very first episode of Derry Girls, we meet James, Michelle’s cousin. Michelle tells us, ‘My auntie went to England years ago to get the abortion, never came back. Never got the abortion either. Look at you James!’
Published 26 February 2019
We take social media for granted – chances are, you check yours countless times throughout the day. But there's a dark side to social media, as we highlighted as the reason for our #HelloToKindness campaign.
Published 20 February 2019
Steven Cammiss, Brian Doherty and Graeme Hayes
Though spared prison, the convictions of the Stansted 15 on terrorism-related charges should ring alarm bells across the country.
Published 6 February 2019
Solitary confinement, a string of official accusations made against her ahead of an unfair trial, the recurrent denial of medical treatment – Nazanin has been subjected to a battery of abuses.
Published 30 January 2019
Trips abroad are supposed to be fun, not part of a wider system of human rights abuse.
Published 14 January 2019
In addition to a wide range of experts located in dozens of countries, Amnesty can offer media spokespeople from its UK office.
These are listed (in alphabetical order) below.
For media requests concerning all Amnesty spokespeople – whether at Amnesty UK or globally – please contact the Amnesty International UK media office.
Kate has been Amnesty UK’s director since 2000, leading on all major campaigns and regularly accompanying advocacy and fact-finding trips around the world. She is a member of Amnesty’s Global Management Team and part of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group. Kate makes regular appearances in the UK media, including writing for the Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post and Times, among others. Kate tweets @KateAllenAI.
Crisis & Tactical Campaign Manager
Kristyan’s work focuses on protecting civilians in conflicts such as those in Syria, Yemen and Israel/Palestine, as well as developing Amnesty responses for sudden crises or other urgent work. He has a wide network of contacts around the world, especially among Syrian human rights activists. He is a frequent media commentator. Kristyan tweets @KreaseChan.
Women’s Human Rights Programme Manager
Chiara has wide experience of women’s human rights issues, including working with migrant women in Italy, women living with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers in India. She has been part of expert groups lobbying for women’s rights at the United Nations and has published on women’s rights in various peer-reviewed journals. She is a frequent media commentator. Chiara tweets @chiaracapraro.
Northern Ireland Programme Director
Based in Amnesty’s Belfast office, Patrick’s work includes the legacy of the Troubles, press freedom, racism and refugee rights. Patrick has worked alongside victims of clerical child abuse and Mother and Baby Homes, is a founder of the Love Equality campaign for marriage equality, and a director of the Human Rights Consortium. An experienced political advocate at Stormont and Westminster, he is a frequent media commentator. Patrick tweets @PatrickCorrigan.
I Welcome Refugees Campaign Manager
Tom is responsible for Amnesty UK’s campaign calling for an improved international response to the global refugee crisis. He co-chairs the #FamiliesTogether initiative to reunite refugee families in the UK, and helped found Amnesty’s highly-acclaimed Football Welcomes project working with clubs and refugees. Tom is an experienced media commentator. He tweets @tomdavies77.
Military, Security and Police Programme Director
Oliver has 25 years’ experience working on the global arms trade and UK policing. He gives evidence to various parliamentary committees and is a member of the National Taser Stakeholder Advisory Group. In 2018, he was part of the Amnesty team that helped publicly expose serious flaws within the Met Police’s “gangs matrix” database. Throughout the Yemen conflict he has provided expert comment on the UK’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
Economic Affairs Programme Director
Peter’s expertise include business impacts on human rights, international standards applicable to companies, and the civil and criminal liability of corporations. He is the author of a number of business and human rights publications, and is a frequent media commentator.
Campaign Manager for Human Rights in the UK
Tim’s work is focused on the rights of human rights defenders and on tackling the climate crisis. He was heavily involved in Amnesty’s work supporting the rights of the 'Stansted 15' anti-deportations protest group, attending sessions of their trial at Chelmsford Crown Court in 2018. Tim has previously worked with Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid and Quaker Peace & Social Witness, and has published widely on the subject of activism and social change.
Head of Policy and Government Affairs
Allan has more than 20 years’ experience working on a range of human rights issues, including high-level advocacy. His work in helping to expose the failings of the Met Police’s “gangs matrix” database during 2018 led to him being invited to join the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime Reference group. Allan makes regular appearances in the UK media, including writing for the Huffington Post and Independent. Allan tweets @hogihogarth.
Head of Campaigns
As the Head of Campaigns, Felix is responsible for Amnesty’s priority campaigns – including on refugees and human rights defenders – as well as the organisation’s individuals at risk work. Felix tweets @felixjakens.
Rachel is a practising barrister who leads Amnesty UK’s strategic litigation. Areas of expertise include the application of international human rights law in the UK, counter-terrorism, access to justice, privacy law, and Brexit and human rights. In 2018, she helped lead the first successful case (on mass surveillance) against the UK security services. She is the author of several Amnesty reports and is a frequent media commentator. Rachel tweets @rachelrlogan.
Individuals at Risk Campaign Manager
Eilidh leads Amnesty UK’s work on campaigning with and for individuals at risk of human rights violations around the world, including the annual 'Write for Rights' campaign She has wide experience as a campaigner in the fields of international development, disability, conflict and climate change, and has led campaigning work at international forums - including at the United Nations and World Bank. Eilidh is responsible for Amnesty’s work to secure the freedom of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Eilidh tweets @eilidhmac.
With 20 years’ experience at a senior level at Amnesty UK across a broad range of human rights campaigns, Kerry leads all of Amnesty UK’s campaigns and communications work. She is also responsible for Amnesty UK’s human rights education programme. She is a frequent media commentator, for example telling the Daily Telegraph in 2018 that the UK Government needed to "significantly escalate" its response to the jailing of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Scotland Campaigns Director
Naomi is the lead spokesperson for the media in Scotland. She covers most human rights issues domestically and internationally, with particular expertise in women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, devolution, the Scottish Government’s international relations and Police Scotland. Naomi tweets @NaomiMc.
Human Rights in the UK Campaigner
Lydia campaigns on Amnesty UK’s domestic work - including trans rights, the Domestic Abuse Bill, and online violence against women. She has experience of working and campaigning with individuals and groups at risk, as well as human rights defenders.
Human Rights Defenders Campaign Manager
Sara manages Amnesty UK’s Brave campaign supporting human rights defenders around the world. She has led various areas of Amnesty’s campaigning work, including crisis work on the Central African Republic, Individuals at Risk campaigns and the My Body My Rights campaign focusing on sexual and reproductive rights. Sara tweets @SaraRydkvist.
Foreign Affairs Adviser
Polly leads Amnesty UK’s work on foreign affairs. She has more than 20 years’ experience of international human rights law and humanitarian work, including with the UN and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Areas of expertise include: UK foreign policy, UN human rights mechanisms, freedom of expression, abolition of the death penalty, conflict situations, peacekeeping and transitional justice. Polly tweets @pollyinthecity.
Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director
Steve’s areas of expertise include forced migration, and UK policy and practice on immigration, asylum and citizenship - areas in which he has extensive experience. He has worked on successive immigration bills since 2006. He is the author of Amnesty’s response to the Home Office - Windrush lessons learned review - and regularly blogs for Amnesty. Steve tweets @stevesymondsAI.
Government and Political Relations Manager
Lucy has over 15 years’ experience of how the UK Government and Parliaments work on human rights issues, both at home and abroad. Lucy seeks to ensure Amnesty UK’s campaigning successfully secures commitments from the UK Government to promote and protect human rights, through both their foreign and domestic policy agendas. Lucy tweets @lucywake.
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Niall Couper (Head of Media, PR and Supporter Communications)
Niall heads up the Media, PR and Supporter Communications department at Amnesty UK. He is the lead on media strategy, internal communications, our corporate partnerships and reputation issues. He represents Amnesty UK at a global level on our international communications groups. Niall also oversees the Supporter Communications team.
Contact Niall on 07436 352088 or firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @niallcouper
Kai Akram (Media and PR Manager – Global Campaigns)
Kai leads on Amnesty’s media work in the UK on the organisation’s global campaigns, which are currently I Welcome (refugees and migrant rights) and Brave (human rights defenders). Kai heads our media work on gender and BAME rights. She is also the point of contact for UK media enquiries relating to Europe.
Contact Kai on 07939 029006 or email@example.com Twitter: @KaiAkram
Neil Durkin (Media and PR Manager – Crisis Response)
Neil leads on UK media enquiries relating to the Middle East, North America, Russia, torture and the death penalty.
Contact Neil on 07972 718826 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Niluccio
Harriet Garland (Media and PR Manager – UK News)
Harriet works Monday to Wednesday. She leads on all media enquiries relating to UK news and in particular issues concerning Brexit, and the Human Rights. She is also the organisation’s main media contact for political enquiries. She also leads on Amnesty’s PR work around books.
Contact Harriet on 07436 360062 or email@example.com
Laurie Hanna (Media and PR Manager – News)
Laurie works Thursdays and Fridays. He covers breaking human rights news stories for UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and South and Central America for Amnesty International UK. From Monday to Wednesday Laurie works for Amnesty’s International Secretariat covering crisis response.
Contact Laurie on firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @lauriehanna
Rachel Reilly (Media and PR Manager – News)
Rachel works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She covers breaking human rights news stories for UK, Africa, Asia and South and Central America.
Contact Rachel on email@example.com Twitter: @RachelReilly
Cora Bauer (Media and PR Manager – Global Campaigns)
Cora leads on Amnesty’s media work in the UK on the organisation’s global campaigns, which are currently I Welcome (refugees and migrant rights) and Brave (human rights defenders). Cora leads on UK media enquiries relating to Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Oceania. Cora is currently on maternity leave.
Contact Cora on 07423 714357 or firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @corabauer
Ella Berny (Media and PR Manager – Features, Events and Regional)
Ella leads on our media work on Women’s rights and LGBTI rights. Ella leads on UK media enquiries relating to Africa. She is also the contact for our annual Media Awards, our Student Media Summit as well as our work with Women in Media. She also runs our regional media programme. Ella is currently on maternity leave.