Conversation with the Author: The Optician of Lampedusa

This October, Cardiff Amnesty is pleased to partner with Cardiff University BookTalk for their first event of the academic year.

The Cardiff Amnesty Human Rights Book Club is delighted to be hosting another joint event with Cardiff University BookTalk.

Mehran Raoof given 10-year prison sentence in Iran

As many of you will be aware, Iran has been on a vicious campaign of arbitrarily detaining dual national citizens for a number of years. Many detained are initially arrested on massively trumped up charges, which often have no real legal basis. The treatment that prisoners then face has come under global scrutiny and has regularly been found to amount to torture. 

Cardiff Amnesty’s Newborn Activists

We are pleased to announce that the co-chair of the Cardiff Amnesty group, Lauren, has given birth to beautiful twin boys. Before their birth, the boys were involved in a fundraiser for a local Cardiff charity that trains and provides volunteer birth partners to women who would otherwise birth alone; aptly named The Birth Partner…

Our next book: Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

We are now up to our fifth book since the Cardiff Amnesty Human Rights Book Club began and we continue to cover a range of thought-provoking material. Our last read, I Didn’t Do It For You by Michela Wrong, focused on the long and complex history of the country of Eritrea. This book provided an…

Some Good News and a Surprise Phone Call

This blog post was kindly written by Cardiff Amnesty member Elizabeth who was able to share some good news with us all at our last meeting. Now for the good news… We deal with some pretty grim issues in Amnesty, so it’s always encouraging to get some good news: here are a few items from…

UK: Learning the Wrong Lessons from Pandemic Response Measures in Prisons

The situation in UK prisons has improved little since the easing of restrictions in the general community.   The vast majority of prisoners remain locked in cells for around 23 hours a day.  The most concerning development of all is the increasing trend for the government and prison service to rationalise the idea that more time…