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

International Criminal Court marks ten years but struggle for justice continues

Sunday marked the tenth anniversary of the International Criminal Court, an organisation that Amnesty International campaigned to be set up and has both closely monitored and supported in the ten years of its existence. The ICC came into being after years of campaigning by victims and non-governmental organisations from across the globe. What initially started…Continue reading International Criminal Court marks ten years but struggle for justice continues

Victory! Ulster Bank owner RBS in cluster bombs u-turn

Ulster Bank owner RBS has performed a big u-turn on its investments in makers of cluster munitions. The change comes after a period of intense campaigning by Amnesty International. Normally we tend to be reluctant to claim direct successes for our work, knowing that many variables are at work and that many people and groups…Continue reading Victory! Ulster Bank owner RBS in cluster bombs u-turn

UK breaches article 3 ECHR in its treatment of immigration detainee

This post comes from Anna Morvern, an immigration lawyer at Law Centre (NI) who writes here in a personal capacity.  Anna has worked with and for immigration detainees for a number of years, as Legal Officer at Bail for Immigration Detainees and as an activist with various groups, including the Refugee Action Group in Northern…Continue reading UK breaches article 3 ECHR in its treatment of immigration detainee

“We are not scared” – Uganda’s gay rights leader in Northern Ireland

When David Kato was murdered in January, he was Uganda’s best known gay rights activist. That’s a tough mantle to carry. Uganda is not a gay-friendly country. Kato was murdered not long after suing a paper that named him as gay and calling for violence. The headline said: “Hang Them.” The Ugandan Penal Code prohibits…Continue reading “We are not scared” – Uganda’s gay rights leader in Northern Ireland