• November 26, 2012

    As public anger rises over news of tax avoidance by Starbucks, the coffee giant is to face a day of nonviolent action by people opposed to government cuts.

  • November 24, 2012

    Women in the North East will be coming together this evening (24 November) as part of the region's Reclaim the Night event in Newcastle, hosted by the Northern TUC.

  • October 31, 2012

    Sexual violence during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina shattered the lives of thousands of women, a new human rights briefing says.

  • September 29, 2012

    Amnesty has called on the Tunisian authorities to drop indecency charges against a woman summoned to court after complaining that police officers raped her.

  • January 29, 2012

    The saga of Bishop Wallace Benn and the pro-rape booklet goes on and on. Having first withdrawn his endorsement of the booklet, then apologised, he has now offered what appears to be an attempt at an explanation.

  • January 26, 2012

    Wallace Benn, the Suffragan Bishop of Lewes, has sent me an apology for his endorsement of a booklet the promotes the legalisation of rape within marriage and the criminalisation of same-sex relationships.

  • January 25, 2012

    Wallace Benn, the Church of England’s Bishop of Lewes, has today withdrawn his endorsement of a booklet by the fundamentalist campaigner Stephen Green. He issued a statement after several bloggers drew attention to his endorsement yesterday.

  • January 25, 2012

    Update: Following my blog and comments yesterday (below), and those by Bishop Alan Wilson and others, Bishop Wallace Benn has 'wholly and completely' disassociated himself from the extremist pamphlet by Stephen Green. Subsequent to this post and my previous one, Bishop Benn's office has issued a further statement with an apology and a clarification that he has asked Stephen Green to remove the endorsement from his website

  • January 2, 2012

    A frequently repeated myth about restorative justice is that it can’t work for “serious” or “violent crimes”. As restorative practices become more widely available however, this myth is being busted. Its role in shifting the power imbalance around crime towards the victim is becoming increasingly apparent. Its ability to help victims overcome the fear of crime and move on, in a way that more punitive practices often don't, is also being appreciated. Two examples that have been cited recently involve cases of rape.

  • October 11, 2011

    The human rights activist Peter Tatchell has added his voice to those of the many people alarmed over the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.