Tag Archives: Human rights

Tell Sudan to #SetThemFree

Two South Sudanese pastors are being held in a high security prison in Sudan, potentially facing the death penalty. This is because of their support for a church which has been embroiled in a land dispute with private investors, who … Continue reading

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US Congress Introduces Anti-Torture Amendment

The U.S. Senate is considering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would take critical steps to prevent a return to U.S. torture. Amnesty International USA activists are calling on Senators to do the right thing to end … Continue reading

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I am a Runnymede Tory

Now I profoundly dislike what is called ‘the human rights industry’ but I do believe in the right to life, the prohibition of torture, the prohibition of slavery and forced labour, the right to liberty and security of person, the … Continue reading

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Proposed laws could send women’s rights in Iran back several decades

The Iranian government has recently stepped up its assault on family planning and reproductive health services in an effort to boost the Iranian population. They are now in the process of adopting two Bills that, through limiting access to contraceptives … Continue reading

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UK must act to free Raif Badawi

Today, Saudi Arabia once again flogged blogger Raif 50 times in public, after Friday prayers. It has been three weeks since he was first beaten, but despite state visits to Saudi Arabia and international outcry, the UK government has failed … Continue reading

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Attacks on Free Speech in the Middle East

The BBC reports here that the Saudi King has referred the Raif Badawi case to Supreme Court. You can continue to take action here. The BBC says that Saudi Arabia enforces a strict version of Islamic law and does not … Continue reading

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Blogging is Bad for your Back

‘Raif told me he is in a lot of pain. He said that when he was being flogged he took the pain silently and rose above it, so that history will know that he did not react to their punishment. … Continue reading

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13 years in Guantánamo Bay

Shaker Aamer was one of the first detainees sent to the world’s most notorious detention centre – Guantánamo Bay. But after 13 gruelling years, he’s never been charged, tried or convicted of any crime. The US authorities have cleared him … Continue reading

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The cost of free speech in Saudi Arabia

Prisoner of conscience jailed in Saudi Arabia for blogging Any Friday now, Raif Badawi will be led out of his prison cell in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to a square where he will be flogged in public. His hands tied, Raif … Continue reading

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The Human Rights Act

This government’s record on championing Human Rights around the world is impressive. At this years Conservative Party conference, William Hague spoke about the importance of sustaining the many achievements of the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative and International Development … Continue reading

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