Category: Human Rights Issues

Inequality in right and suffering on an individual, local, national or global scale is something that moves me. As a result of seeing it ‘from the other side’ I am a member of both Liberty and Amnesty UK. I write to MP’s, I write to Congressman and Governors. Signing petitions and trying to play my part in attaining a fairer world for all is something that I try and do.

There are posts about the encroachment upon our civil liberties in the UK and posts about the wider world and atrocities that are committed against citizens of the world.

For a more in-depth look at what the resulting action is, please see my Letters to Andrew Jones.

8th December 2015 / Human Rights Issues

The end was almost in sight for Albert Woodfox this year. First sent to solitary confinement in Louisiana, USA, in 1972, his four decades in isolation looked like they would be over when Albert’s original conviction was overturned (for a third time) and he was cleared for unconditional release back in June.

Louisiana state authorities were barred by the federal judge from retrying him for the same crime. The federal court has also stated that it has a ‘lack of confidence’ in the state to provide Albert a fair trial, while voicing concern over ‘the prejudice done to Woodfox by spending over forty years in solitary confinement’ – longer than seemingly any other prisoner in the US.

12th June 2015 / Human Rights Issues

I too visited Sabah and rubbed the tribes people up the wrong way – nearly lost my head for my trouble. I am really worried for the safety of this (slightly naive and trusting) lady. How will the superstitious people held in the prison she will be sent to respond to her (in their eyes) misdemeanour? In this blog article, I would like to add my two pennies worth into the melee surrounding events in Sabah recently. A place that summons both dread, joy & wonder within me when I mutter the syllables.

It is not for me to tell anybody what to do with their body. I am all in favour that some people wish to express themselves by communing with nature in their birthday suit – however, this is my blog and therefore my take on experience.

To quote the MailOnline (note: no back link is given – do not click through to make their site more accessible):

MailOnline reported yesterday [11th June 2015] that Hawkins, former head girl at Ockbrook School in Derbyshire, is being held at a “far softer” police central lockup in Kepayan due to a request by her lawyer Ronny Cham over fears for her safety.

What I wish to draw your attention to in the above quote is “…. over fears for her safety.”

3rd January 2015 / Human Rights Issues

Everybody I know has heard about Cadbury’s Chocolates – but this letter entry piqued my interest.

A New Hero Of Mine

I found this on white feather diaries is a social media storytelling project marking the centenary of World War I. It offers an insight into overlooked aspects of war: resistance to killing and the relief of suffering. This diary entry I stumbled across was eloquently penned by Laurence Cadbury.

Laurence was a Quaker engineer from Birmingham. As the son of George Cadbury, then head of the famous chocolate firm, he was immersed in the world of Quakerism. He was also at home in upper class society as a result of his family’s wealth and his private education.

Laurence’s training as an engineer combined skill with personal enthusiasm. He was fascinated by cars – at a time when most people in Britain had never ridden in one. He was particularly attached to his own car, which he named “the Beetle”.

War came when Laurence was 25.

24th November 2014 / Human Rights Issues

This evening I put forward my membership to Amnesty International UK. I do not want a big pat on the back, but, I would like to explain a bit about my motivation for doing so.

Amnesty work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.