human rights

  • October 16, 2007

    There is a continuing row between Amnesty International and the Vatican over access to abortion by women who have been abused and raped. Here AI explains its policy and contests representations of it by some critics and campaigners.

  • October 12, 2007

    One of the largest demonstrations ever held by Zimbabwean exiles will take place in London on Saturday 13 October 2007 outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in the Strand - marking five years of protest against human rights abuses by the Mugabe regime

  • October 8, 2007

    The international affairs and peace programme of the National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA) has endorsed a nationwide initiative for local congregations to raise awareness of the ongoing killing in Darfur, and action on the issue.

  • October 6, 2007

    Burma campaigners, including a leading group in the UK, say that people should not be deceived by media reports that there has been a breakthrough in Burma because Senior General Than Shwe has agreed to talks. There has been no breakthrough, they say.

  • October 6, 2007

    Though the main media attention went to his apparent decision not to call an immediate general election, Prime Minister Gordon Brown today vowed to maintain "pressure for change" in Burma, ahead of demonstrations against suppressed protests in the country.

  • October 6, 2007

    Tens of thousands of campaigners are expected to take to the streets of capital cities around the world today (6 October 2007), including London, to call for urgent United Nations action on Burma. Prime Minsiter Gordon Brown is meeting demonstrators.

  • October 5, 2007

    A leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia says a move by a human rights group to bring former president Sam Nujoma before the International Criminal Court in The Hague might result in public violence or even civil war.

  • October 4, 2007

    A five-year campaign by human rights campaigners, including the Franciscan religious order, has influenced the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to has decide to appoint a Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery.

  • October 2, 2007

    With reports of hundreds of people killed by the junta in Burma, international solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters is set to continue this week in spite of the crackdown and what looks like a logjam in UN diplomacy.

  • September 28, 2007

    Burma's military junta appears to have cut public internet access to prevent the broadcast of videos, photographs and information about the violent attacks on protesters against the junta's rule - report global news agencies.