Stop Press! Two-day Colloquium on emotions and law at QUB today and tomorrow

A very exciting two-day Colloquium at Queen’s University on emotional dynamics, law and legal discourse, will be held today and tomorrow.  The University has confirmed, this morning, that there are still places if individuals want to attend, with sessions starting today at 1.45 PM (but note the fee in cash or cheque of £25 for…Continue reading Stop Press! Two-day Colloquium on emotions and law at QUB today and tomorrow

Syria: two years on. Between a rock and a hard place.

It’s two years since the start of the Syrian uprising and then civil war. The rising death toll serves as a constant reminder that what started as a peaceful cry for freedom and dignity has descended into a bloody armed conflict – with devastating consequences. Amnesty International has produced two reports, published today, focusing on…Continue reading Syria: two years on. Between a rock and a hard place.

Gun control and the speech Obama hasn’t given

There is less than a week to go before world leaders meet at the United Nations to negotiate an international Arms Trade Treaty. If delivered effectively, the Arms Trade Treaty has the potential to save lives and prevent human rights abuses.  85% of all killings documented by Amnesty International involve the sort of weaponry which could…Continue reading Gun control and the speech Obama hasn’t given

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

Mightier than the Sword: Journalism, Freedom of Expression and Power

“The Journalist who gives in to intimidation, who becomes obedient, has already lost the fight for that right (to freedom of expression)” Eynulla Fatullayev (2011) It’s a clichéd phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword”, but its message is typified in the work of Amnesty International’s decades-long letter/email-writing campaigns for human rights champions. Friday…Continue reading Mightier than the Sword: Journalism, Freedom of Expression and Power

Culture Night Belfast & the right to freedom of expression #CNB12

Culture Night Belfast (and in a few other towns besides) is almost upon us. Tomorrow night is a chance for thousands of people to take to the streets, bars, cafes, offices and other nooks and crannies around the city to experience all sorts of arts and cultural experiences. While most events are concentrated on the Cathedral…Continue reading Culture Night Belfast & the right to freedom of expression #CNB12