Several international human rights groups sent a letter to the UNHCR on Monday, asking them to reject a move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt to have the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar removed from the 'A' rating of the International Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions list. "As human rights organisations, we call upon your esteemed office to reject this complaint, we also hope that you will call on the four countries, through their permanent representatives at the UN headquarters in Geneva, to stop harassment on human rights defenders, and work to upgrade their national bodies, so as to work efficiently to defend the human and his rights, in accordance with international
Fifty years ago, the government put a stop to offshore pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline. But during the 1980s, it experienced a resurgence among black music-lovers. Trevor Nelson, DJ Jazzie B and Gilles Peterson offer a history of this era of pirate radio. Produced by Fatma Wardy. Filmed by Alexi Peristianis, Clinton Forde.
The woman behind Grey's Anatomy and Scandal is leaving the world of terrestrial TV to join Netflix. Veteran producer Shonda Rhimes had been at ABC Studios for the last 15 years. Her company Shondaland will now begin producing new shows for Netflix but Rhimes will stay involved in her current broadcast series with ABC. "Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television," Netflix's Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I've gotten the chance to know Shonda and she's a true Netflixer at heart." Analysis by Amol Rajan, BBC media editor Now you know exactly what television
The Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service will cease to operate on 31 October this year, its owner Amazon has said. Amazon cited a "decreasing demand" for the discs and a growing number of customers who were streaming movies and TV series instead. The move has irritated some fans, who argue that a wider range of films is available to rent on DVD and Blu-ray. Lovefilm was founded in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2011, when it had more than 1.4 million subscribers. For a monthly subscription fee, Lovefilm customers could receive a DVD or Blu-ray disc of their choice via post that they would send back once watched. From 2010, some content could also be accessed via online streaming instead. A spokesman
At this year's Edinburgh Fringe the experiences of transgender people have become increasingly prominent. Here is one trans actor's experience of the Fringe.
Hackers have continued to plague HBO by leaking unaired episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm over the weekend. The data dump also included episodes of Insecure, Ballers, Barry, The Deuce, a comedy special and other programming, according to the Associated Press. An earlier leak indicated HBO had offered the blackmailers $250,000 (£192,300), Variety reported. Over recent weeks, one Game of Thrones episode, scripts and sensitive internal documents have also been exposed. 'Bounty payment' HBO confirmed that its computer network had been attacked on 31 July. The hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5TB of company data and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent them from leaking sensitive proprietary
The 14th Century cottage used as the fictional birthplace of Harry Potter is back on the market for almost £1m. De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, as the house where the young wizard's parents were killed by Lord Voldemort. It is the second time in five years the Grade I-listed six-bedroom period home has been put up for sale. Estate agents Carter Jonas said it was a "historically significant" property. The house formed part of Godric's Hollow in the Harry Potter film. It has an asking price of £995,000. In the Harry Potter movie it was seen opposite a fictional graveyard with a Christmas tree in the window, with lights on and music