Read the latest opinion pieces from AIUK published in the UK’s national media. 

Ahmed Elozbier

Sudan needs your anger – our people are being raped and killed

On 3 June, Sudanese people’s hopes for a peaceful transition to a government of their choice were crushed mercilessly. 

Published 15 June 2019

 Laura Whitmore

 When it comes to abortion, we must fight for Northern Ireland

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

Kate Allen

Kate Allen

Ministers have stood by as Donald Trump trashes human rights

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

Why it matters that Donald Trump's destructive power is resisted

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

Roseann Rife

Thirty years after Tiananmen Square, China is stuck in a loop of repression

Tanks on the streets have been replaced by online repression, surveillance and censorship – but no amount of censorship that will erase the horror of 4 June 1989 from history.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

Patrick Corrigan

Patrick Corrigan

Why the case of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey should concern us all

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

Grainne Teggart

Our Government must be better than the US on abortion

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

Kate Allen

Kate Allen

Raqqa is in ruins like a modern Dresden. This is not 'precision bombing'

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

Easter travellers to the holy lands should avoid supporting Israel’s settlement tourism industry

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

On the third anniversary of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's detention – we hope it will be the last

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

Deal or No Deal, human rights have already crashed out of the debate

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

Grainne Teggart

Women from Northern Ireland are being neglected – it’s time for Westminster to act

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

Siobhan McSweeney

I’m marching my suitcase to Parliament for my sisters’ in Northern Ireland right to an abortion

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

Kate Allen

Kate Allen

'Social media is failing women' says Director of Amnesty UK

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

The Stansted 15 have been spared jail but their convictions should terrify us all

Though spared prison, the convictions of the Stansted 15 on terrorism-related charges should ring alarm bells across the country.

Published 6 February 2019

Kate Allen

Kate Allen

Attempting to recruit Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as a spy is just Iran’s latest act of cruelty

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

TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Expedia – please stop offering holidays in illegal Israeli settlements

Trips abroad are supposed to be fun, not part of a wider system of human rights abuse.

Published 14 January 2019