Human Rights

All out for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 60th birthday

On April 24, political prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal turns 60. He has spent over half his life in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row, and most recently, since early 2012, he has been in general population at SCI Mahanoy where he still faces life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence.

Simon De Banya : Rest in Peace

Anyone who came across the activist and campaigner Simon De Banya was struck by two prominent aspects about him. Some might event say aspects that were impossible to seat side by side, but now with De Banya: First, his gentleness.

Soldier Hidden In Forest

Marine guilty of Afghanistan murder

A Royal Marine has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called “an execution”. The sergeant, known only as Marine A, faces a mandatory life term over the shooting of the unknown man while on patrol in Helmand Province, in 2011.

Louisiana prisoner released after 41 years in solitary

A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was released from prison late on Tuesday, his lawyers said. Late on Tuesday, US district chief judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge denied the state’s motion seeking to block his earlier order overturning Herman Wallace’s 1974 murder conviction.

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Martin Luther King, “I have a dream”

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King will have his legacy honoured at central London’s Trafalgar Square today with bell-ringers to mark 50 years since he delivered his iconic “I have a dream” speech. King made the speech on August 28, 1963, in Washington DC as about 250,000 people marched on the US capital demanding equality.

Houses of Parliament

British government forced to apologise to Kenyans

In a momentous move the government has today, Thursday, agreed to compensate Kenyans tortured by the British during the 1950s Mau Mau war. Foreign secretary William Hague apologised in parliament to Kenyan victims pledging that Britain would make a payment to survivors totalling £19.9 million and would “support the construction of a memorial in [Kenya’s capital ] Nairobi” to victims of torture.