The Shape of Things to Come?

About a week ago, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary in Britain announced that Britain would accept the children that were eligible to resettle in Britain from the refugee camp in Calais, France. These are unaccompanied minors (under 18 year olds) that currently have family in Britain. When the children started arriving, what should've been a … Continue reading The Shape of Things to Come?

#AtenaFarghadani Released!

You know when you do research on something and you suddenly take a personal interest in it. That happened to me with Atena's case. I've worked at Amnesty for 8 years now, and been involved as an activist for a few more than that... so I've seen a lot of cases come and go. In … Continue reading #AtenaFarghadani Released!


Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud takes in 750 refugees a year. This measly number means that we are 87th in the world in per capita rankings. We haven't changed this number in 30 years. When Amnesty International (and loads of other organisations) started calling on the New Zealand government to do its bit … Continue reading #RaiseTheQuota

Happy (almost) Mother’s Day!

I am a mother, I have a mother as does my husband. Typically, in the midst of the commercialism of living in the Western world, this week (the week before Mother's Day) our days are filled with the question "What should we do? Should we do it all together? Should we take our mothers our seperately?" … Continue reading Happy (almost) Mother’s Day!

Mainstream Music – does it matter?

Amnesty International hosted a concert in Brooklyn, New York, USA, yesterday. I had read about the line up a few weeks ago and thought to myself "WOW", which was quickly followed by a teeny wee bit of jealousy, as I work for the local NZ flavour of Amnesty, and we are just too far away … Continue reading Mainstream Music – does it matter?

#BAD13 Day 8 – Articles 15 & 16

Here I am glossing over or skipping articles again. Articles 15 and 16 were on the cards for tonight, but Article 16 is so juicy these days that I'll just quickly repeat Article 15 and leave it at that! Article 15 states: (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be … Continue reading #BAD13 Day 8 – Articles 15 & 16

#BAD13 Day 6 – Articles 11 & 12

Alright, I feel it, the home stretch!! (and insert multiple other sports related metaphors here) I'm gonna gloss over Article 11, because I feel that if you've seen ANY crime drama on TV or in the movies you get it. Article 11 is the whole "You are presumed innocent until you have been proven guilty" … Continue reading #BAD13 Day 6 – Articles 11 & 12

#BAD13 Day 5 – Articles 9 & 10

Here we are at Day 5! I can't believe I've managed to stick with it so far! I'm a third of the way through! (there are only 30 articles) So I guess I'm doing ok! Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Article 9 seems like one of those … Continue reading #BAD13 Day 5 – Articles 9 & 10

#BAD13 Day 2 – Articles 3 & 4

Alrighty, here we are day 2. Articles 3 & 4! In case you didn't know here they are: Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. Article 3 is … Continue reading #BAD13 Day 2 – Articles 3 & 4