Human rights issues put charities top of the table

Human Rights charities continued to dominate the NGO Watch table, with The Red Cross departing from its usual political neutrality to criticise the abuses allegedly suffered by British prisoners at Guantanamo Bay as constituting war crimes.

The charity also launched a huge aid operation in Darfur in Sudan. Unicef also benefited from increased interest in the area, gaining 49 mentions for its vaccination campaign, which has seen up to 50,000 children protected against polio in Darfur.

Amnesty International used the International Day of the Disappeared to express concern about the number of people who have disappeared in Nepal, saying it has received reports of 378 people going missing there last year, more than in the previous five years put together.

Oxfam praised the UK’s response to the Sudan crisis but condemned the international response to the victims of flooding in Bangladesh as ‘paltry’. The unusual August weather prompted Friends of the Earth to urge leaders to take the risk of global warming seriously.

Childline and The Children’s Society gained higher than usual media coverage, with the latter capitalising on the school holidays with a campaign that encouraged parents to play more with their kids.

The RSPB’s profile rose as RSPB Scotland marked its centenary in August by launching a vote to establish a bird as a national symbol for Scotland.

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