Legal aid cuts are a denial of justice and I have just sent an email on behalf of Amnesty International to the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP telling her that I am “disappointed to see the latest evidence suggesting that the reforms to legal aid introduced by the Legal Aid, […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 17-10-2016 in BLOG tagged with Amnesty International / justice / legal aid Posted by Family Affairs on 03-04-2016 in BLOG / REVIEWS tagged with Amnesty International / Charlotte's Web / Harper Lee / International Children's Book Day / Roald Dahl
Yesterday was International Children’s Book Day…not sure how it differs from World Book Day, but anyway…. I have always loved the following quote and quite agree that until you can do that it’s very hard to have empathy:- “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 22-02-2012 in BLOG tagged with Amnesty International / coldplay / comedy / human rights / march / NYC / Secret Policeman's Ball / The Muppets
Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is happening in New York City on Sunday March 4th and they’re offering two free tickets plus flights AND accommodation. It’s probably worth entering …. I have….you never know. How interesting that they are choosing to mix comedy with the far more serious issues of […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 25-01-2012 in BLOG / REVIEWS tagged with Amnesty International / Bob Dylan songs / Chimes of Freedom
Just been sent details of the coolest album – look at this link and who is on the album:- http://music.amnestyusa.org/?utm_source=aiusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email+1+-+helen,+artist+quotes&utm_campaign=chimes&msource=W1201ESCHI1&tr=y&auid=10183091 50 years ago, Bob Dylan started his professional career by picking up his guitar and playing at a coffee house in Greenwich Village. That same year, British lawyer Peter Benenson […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 03-12-2011 in BLOG tagged with Amnesty International / Human Rights Day / Juvenile detention laws / USA
Amnesty International are demanding Juvenile Justice in the United States. They say:-
“Children can and do commit terrible crimes. When they do, they should be held accountable, but in a manner that reflects their special capacity for rehabilitation. However, in the United States the punishment is all too often no different from that given to adults.
There are at least 2,500 people in the US serving life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for crimes committed when they were under 18 years old. The United States is believed to stand alone in sentencing children to life without parole. Although several countries technically permit the practice, Amnesty International knows of no cases outside the US where such a sentence has been imposed in recent years.
A life without parole sentence when imposed on a defendant who was under 18 at the time of the crime violates international law and standards which are almost universally accepted around the world. These standards recognize that, however serious the crime, children, who are still developing physically, mentally and emotionally, do not have the same level of culpability as adults and require special treatment in the criminal justice system appropriate to their youth and immaturity. The primary objectives should be the child’s best interests and the potential for his or her successful reintegration into society”.
Posted by Family Affairs on 04-06-2008 in BLOG tagged with Amnesty International
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and the violent crackdown in China, involving army tanks rolling over a peaceful demonstration of mainly students. Mothers are still seeking answers and justice for their children. There is still no full, independent and impartial investigation into the crackdown and […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 15-05-2008 in BLOG tagged with Amnesty International
Today, the 15th May, is “Bloggers Unite For Human Rights” Day and one of the newest members of this union is Amnesty International, a worldwide movement with over 2.2 million members who campaign for human rights. Their symbol – the candle and barbed wire comes with the message: “It is […]
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