Blogs

2 Jun 2014

A young British student who was tortured into signing a ‘confession’ has been jailed for nine years in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), says the legal charity Reprieve.

2 Jun 2014

A policy of forcing unemployed people to work full-time for six months for no pay is facing further delays following a boycott by over 300 voluntary organisations.

2 Jun 2014

FIFA must end its "obscene" insistence on World Cup host countries giving tax breaks worth hundreds of millions to the event’s corporate sponsors, a new campaign is urging.

1 Jun 2014

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust, supported by the Bromley Trust, shows the system under significant strain with fewer staff, worsening safety and fewer opportunities for rehabilitation.

31 May 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to continue to call for calm among their supporters and to work together to consolidate democracy following the general election in Malawi.

30 May 2014

Plans for a major march against racism in Belfast have been announced by Amnesty International, the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities.

30 May 2014

Poverty and militarism feed over each other. Unemployment has always been good news for army recruiters in need of people desperate for a livelihood. So it's no surprise that the recruitment of unemployed people has been formalised in a scheme in the English Midlands. Could this be a sign of the way things are heading? The government is already forcing unemployed people to carry out unpaid labour through 'workfare' schemes. Will they soon be forcing them into army training?

30 May 2014

The mass sentencing of 55 people at a stadium in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is a charade which will only exacerbate tensions in the region, says Amnesty.

29 May 2014

The expulsion of an estimated 700 migrants and asylum-seekers from camps in Calais in northern France risks aggravating the health problems authorities say prompted the evictions.