Category Archives: Amnesty International

Pussy Riot Demo in Edinburgh tomorrow

Punk music is not my cup of tea, even when it’s performed by feminists. Freedom of speech, however, is very much my thing. Three alleged members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot face jail for singing a protest song outside … Continue reading

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#F1 should not be in Bahrain this weekend

There is no way that the Formula 1 circus should be going anywhere near Bahrain this weekend. The report published by Amnesty International contains grim evidence of unfair trial, arrest, police brutality and torture. The last cases they document took … Continue reading

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Amnesty International report highlights horrendous torture in Syria

My friend Shabnum Mustapha, who’s Amnesty’s Scottish Director, was on Good Morning Scotland today talking about the chilling report on torture in Syria produced by the organisation. I’ve read the report. It’s utterly horrible and upsetting. Crucifixion, rape, electric shocks, … Continue reading

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"People think Guantanamo is closed"

Students in orange boiler suits took to the streets in Edinburgh on Saturday to remind people that last week marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the US’s military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This is where … Continue reading

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Amnesty Scotland protest against Guantanamo Bay

Taking people from their families, transporting them to the other side of the world and locking them up without hint of charge or trial for years on end. Who would do that? Sickeningly, still the good old US of A. … Continue reading

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Shabnum Mustapha urges Salmond to raise human rights in China

Shabnum Mustapha is a good friend of mine and she’s recently started a new job as Director of Amnesty Scotland. It was lovely to wake up this morning and hear her talking about human rights in China in the context … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, Amnesty International, China, Pandas, Shabnum Mustapha, Wilie Rennie | 1 Comment

Put to death in the most cruel way – just for falling in love.

We all know somebody who at some point in their lives have been involved in a relationship with someone else while they’ve been married. These things happen. People fall in love – and apart from making sure that financial and … Continue reading

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