South Africa’s townships still not safe for gay, lesbian and transgender people

This year at Belfast Pride, Amnesty International campaigned on behalf of South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights defender Noxolo Nogwaza. She was raped and murdered in April 2011 in KwaThema in South Africa. There has been no proper investigation into her killing and many people on the Belfast Pride parade signed…Continue reading South Africa’s townships still not safe for gay, lesbian and transgender people

Mauritius must get to grips with torture if it wishes to restore confidence in criminal justice system

The failure to find and convict the killers of Michaela McAreavey has exposed glaring holes in the Mauritius criminal justice system and a worrying reliance on confessions allegedly extracted under torture.  The Mauritian jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict seems to show that they believed Avinash Treebhoowoon’s allegation that a confession statement produced three days after Michaela McAreavey’s…Continue reading Mauritius must get to grips with torture if it wishes to restore confidence in criminal justice system

I fought the law and the law won: the Police Ombudsman and child rights

We welcome today’s guest post by Sara Boyce, Information and Research Coordinator at Include Youth.  Include Youth is an independent non-governmental organisation that actively promotes the rights, best interests of and best practice with disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.  I Fought the Law and the Law Won Few people starting a new job…Continue reading I fought the law and the law won: the Police Ombudsman and child rights

There is no reprieve from the grave: rejecting the DUP’s death penalty call

In the midst of a global / European economic meltdown, there are many pressing issues deserving of time for Commons debate. In the week of Remembrance Day, as ex-Serviceman Mark Mullins and his wife Helen commited suicide – apparently out of despair at their poverty and lack of adequate support from the State – perhaps it might…Continue reading There is no reprieve from the grave: rejecting the DUP’s death penalty call