The Skin Trade: A Growing and Gruesome Crime

Women and Health Contributor Eshi Vaz, shares the secrets behind an unconscionable economic trade The philosopher and economist Amartya Sen is noted to have said that ‘poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being’. To this extent, thousands of trafficked…

A violation from within…

Hannah Overton, The Amnesty’s Health and Women contributor sheds light on this dark practise, as she accounts the testimony of survivor and activist Sarian… “Sande belongs to women and all women belong to it” – Ruth B. Phillips Sande. Bundu. Zadegi. All the same society. All the same rituals. All the same horror. This society…

The ‘Bathroom Debate’: A Blow to the Face of Justice

Eshi Vaz, The Amnesty Health Contributor (amongst other things) tells us what she really thinks about the ongoing ‘bathroom debate’…. “No child deserves the burden of being used as a political pawn and political prey” The pivot around which a free society turns is the equality of all of its citizens and their inalienable right…

UCL’s What Do You Think?: Amnesty Special

Hannah Overton recounts a very special What Do You Think Day Have you ever been to a rave in the snow? Before Saturday the 11th of February I too would have looked at you strangely if you’d asked me that. But that was before I took part in UCL’s Mental Health Awareness Day called What…

Amor Es Amor: The fight for marriage equality in Mexico

Culture Editor Elliote Long, reflects on the current situation in Mexico and discusses the realities of true marriage equality within the nation…     In 2009, Mexico City made history by becoming the first city in Latin America to approve marriage equality for LGBT+ people. Last month, LGBT+ activists in the capital were celebrating again…

“Dying with dignity?” Sorry, not if you’re poor

Health Editor, Hannah Overton, sheds light on an unjust end of life disparity…     My Grandmother was diagnosed with cancer on a Saturday. By the Monday, her husband’s birthday, she lay in a private room in Bristol’s Southmead hospital, begging God to end her life. For us, her family, watching her in agony was…

“Stressed”? Spare a thought for sufferers of mental health

In the week before World Mental Health Awareness Day, Hannah Overton, Health and Women’s contributor, talks about the harsh realities facing one societies most overlooked demographics… “If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand”, Theresa May declared in her first speech as Prime Minister. The passion with which those words…

“Thank you @BarackObama, for giving me a chance” – Chelsea Manning

Health Editor, Hannah Overton, like many, is happy about Manning’s commutation, but makes it  clear her struggle has just begun…. A monumental victory   On the 17th of January, human rights groups rejoiced as Barack Obama, in his final days in office, commuted the sentence of the prisoner of conscience Chelsea Manning. The famed fact-leaker…

The dark tale of a life in isolation…

Hannah talks about this dark, and twisted relativity facing a forgotten class… Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fine impose, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted – Eighth Amendment to the United States of America Constitution     “I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely”. These were the words the controversial, and…

Health Division’s welcome letter

Welcome to The Amnesty’s Health Division! This section isn’t just for current or future healthcare professionals, there’s something here that everyone can be engaged and enraged by. Health is a huge topic so we’ve divided it up into four sections: Mental Health, LGBT+ and Health, Access to Healthcare, and, in our special features section, The…

Sochi Olympics Games: How Russia continues to violate human rights

                With the Sochi Winter Olympic Games due to start in Russia in less than a weeks time, there has been more worldwide media attention on the country’s violation of human rights than ever, particularly in light of the ‘Anti-Gay’ laws which could affect protests and propaganda surrounding…