On The Summary Executions in Aleppo

August 2, 2012 in news, We Like by Rob Hallam

Kristyan Benedict on the Amnesty UK blog has an excellent write up on the human rights abuses that are going on in Aleppo while the fighting in the city continues. It is a long piece but well worth a read.

Link: Justifying abuse kills hope for a human rights revolution in Syria

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Guest Speaker On Tuesday

October 17, 2010 in information, We Like by Rob Hallam

House of Sharing

House of Sharing

Armando Rotondi will be speaking about the House of Sharing in Korea at our meeting on Tuesday 19th.

The House of Sharing is both a museum and home to former “Comfort Women” – survivors of sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific War (1932-1945). It is the world’s first human rights museum centred on the theme of sexual slavery. The museum opened on August 14th, 1998 to record Japanese war crimes, to restore the honor of the victims and to function as a place of historical education

Come along to learn more about this great project!

The image is a painting of a ‘comfort station’, you can see more paintings like this one and read about the the House of Sharing on their website: www.houseofsharing.org

Get These MPs To Vote Against Extending Detention

February 15, 2008 in actions, information, We Like by Rob Hallam

We’ve previously discussed the decision on whether or not to extend the current 28-day detention-without-charge limit. Now, Sunny over at Liberal Conspiracy has put together a list (linked below) of Labour MPs who abstained or voted against the previous proposal to extend it to 90 days. MPs are listed by office address and constituency.

I would urge everyone to take the time to write a short email saying why you are against extending detention – and the 10 reasons laid out in a previous discussion are a good place to start. Let’s make sure they’re told!

The list of MPs, and thanks to Sunny

Chinese Protestation of Internet Censorship Grows

February 4, 2008 in china, information, We Like by Rob Hallam

Zhu Nan had been itching to say something about the country’s pervasive online censorship system, widely known here as the Great Firewall. When China’s censors began blocking access to the popular photo-sharing site Flickr, Zhu felt the moment had come. Writing on his blog last year, the student, who is now a freshman at a university in this city, questioned the rationale for Internet restrictions, and in subsequent posts, began passing along tips on how to evade them.

Chinese censors have tightened controls over the Internet, often blacking out sites that had no discernible political content. In the process, they have fostered a backlash, as many people who previously had little interest in politics have become active in resisting the controls. And all of it comes at a time of increasing risk for those who choose to protest. Human rights advocates say that the government has been broadening its crackdown on any signs of dissent as the Olympic Games in Beijing draw near.

from: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/04/asia/wall.php

Please check out the China 2008 campaign, which is just one of the campaigns we and Amnesty are running this year. We will be organising an event to raise awareness of Chinese human rights problems on March 13th, so watch this space for more information.

Guantánamo Detainee Claims CIA Tortured Him

December 10, 2007 in news, We Like by Rob Hallam

Attorneys for a “high-value” terror suspect who says he was tortured while being held at secret CIA prisons have requested that a judge bar the agency from destroying evidence of the alleged torture.