human rights

  • July 24, 2009

    Seven Methodist Church leaders in Fiji have been arrested and questioned by the country's military government. The regime is reported to fear political discussions at the Methodists' forthcoming annual conference.

  • July 23, 2009

    A Brazilian organization has thanked human rights NGO Amnesty International after an action by the organization brought safety to a peasant farmer and land rights activist.

  • July 23, 2009

    Human rights and Green activist Peter Tatchell is organising protests against hardline Christian churches in Britain performing "exorcisms" on lesbian and gay people.

  • July 23, 2009

    The Saudi authorities have launched a sustained assault on human rights under the façade of countering terrorism, Amnesty International said in a new report published yesterday.

  • July 21, 2009

    Campaigners are today awaiting a High Court ruling on the use of control orders. The court will examine the cases of two individuals who are subject to the orders, key aspects of which were last month declared to be illegal by the law lords.

  • July 19, 2009

    High levels of neglect and poor quality care in UK mental health wards have been revealed in an official report published today. 39% of suicides by hanging were undertaken by patients who were supposed to be under close observation.

  • July 14, 2009

    As protest and repression continues in post-election Iran, Amnesty International has condemned the excessive use of force by Iranian security forces last week, following baton charges and use of tear gas against protesters.

  • July 12, 2009

    A House of Lords vote against the government's proposals on “homophobic hatred” has provoked mixed reactions, with both Christian and secular activists on each side.

  • July 10, 2009

    Twelve years ago, I raised my hand in a church meeting to give my approval to a vote opposing the ordination of “practising homosexuals” as ministers.

  • July 7, 2009

    Michael Nazir-Ali, the Anglican Bishop of Rochester, is facing strong criticism from both Christian and secular quarters after calling on gay and lesbian people to “repent” of their sexuality.