Audience Laughs As Mugabe Shouts 'We Are Not Gays' At UN

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK

President Robert Mugabe deviated from his prepared speech at the UN general assembly in New York on Monday, while discussing human rights. The Zimb...

David Cameron Must Keep His Promises to Women

Barry Johnston | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Barry Johnston

Perhaps most startling of the indignities and injustices women still face is the stark fact that one in three women suffer violence. Women like Wangu Kanja from Kenya, who was car-jacked and raped in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi...

Europe Must Rethink Its Response to the Refugee Crisis

Laura Gilmour | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Laura Gilmour

The horrors of the Syrian conflict are bewildering, and undoubtedly present some stark moral and political choices for European and world leaders. The question is whether or not they have the conscience to finally tale real action on them?

Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and Business: A Shared Responsibility

Cherie Blair | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Cherie Blair

On Friday 25 September, world leaders will meet for the UN General Assembly in New York to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One major achievement that should not go unnoticed is that the promotion of human rights is infused throughout the 17 new goals and 169 targets. This marks a major shift in our approach to the role of human rights in driving sustainable development. Development must be about more than just measures of poverty and increasing financial resources - it must be about advancing human dignity.

Absolute Justice - The Pathway to Peace

Farooq Aftab | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

As we celebrate the United Nations Day of Peace we see that despite the progress made since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights there is so much more which needs to be done if we are to establish peace in the world.

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

Explaining the Exodus From Eritrea- the "North Korea of Africa"

Claudia Hyde | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

If Europe is unwilling to accept more refugees or to treat them with the humanity they deserve, they must at least apply pressure on the Eritrean government to cease its abuse of conscripts and civilians. The international community owes a duty to its most vulnerable- it must not fail to protect them again.

Humanitarians Helping to Unite Nations

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Last summer the workloads of every single man and woman in our team almost doubled overnight as a huge stream of desperate families fled from the terrorists of Islamic State. That stream became a river that is still flowing to this day.

Darfur: An invisible conflict, Bashir- a visible pain in the backside?

Adama Juldeh Munu | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Adama Juldeh Munu

All eyes have been on South Sudan the last couple of months- and with good reason. Two years on and still no cutting edge solution yet to end the conflict besieging the newest country, but talks will resume this month. However, the situation in Sudan is still very much unfinished business in the Horn of Africa.

The UN, Global Poverty and 'The Vision Thing'

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Hans Zomer

This week, the United Nations gave us a sneak preview of a new global agreement to address poverty, inequality and climate change. The so-called "Zero Draft" document is the result of many months of discussions, but there still is a long way to go.

After a Year of Brutal Conflict, Iraq Is on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

David Bull | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
David Bull

The UN is predicting that by the end of this year almost 10million people in Iraq will be in urgent need of help... Already, 1.3million children have been torn from their homes and more than three million do not have access to quality education. Children face danger on a daily basis and have witnessed unspeakable cruelties. Girls have fallen victim to enslavement and sexual violence. Children have been used as suicide bombers and as human shields. Most are living without physical protection, psychosocial support, and basic services.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

What Should Rich Governments Do to Support Nepal?

Shreya Paudel | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shreya Paudel

"Amidst all the goodwill, inflow of material help, personnel, and pledges for the future, it struck me that the only country to have given *cash* to the Nepal Government so far is Bhutan. Its PM personally brought a check of $1 million. Then the ADB gave $3 million yesterday. From the noise in the social media, you might believe otherwise."

April 7th Day of Solidarity: Syria, We Hear You

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Between now and April 7th, is an opportunity to further understanding of the events and the circumstances of this extreme violation of human rights. And on April 7th we can join with Planet Syria and innumerable groups and organizations in worldwide peaceful demonstrations of every kind to show international solidarity.

Cameroon: Helping Central African Refugees Overcome Trauma Caused by the Massacres

Pauline Hede | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK
Pauline Hede

The coup d'etat that took place in Central African Republic two years ago this week has affected nearly the entire population, leaving over half of it (over 2.5 million) in dire need of assistance. Over 450,000 people have fled the country with almost as many internally displaced.

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hans Zomer

Friday 20 March is World Happiness Day. This is the third time that the world is being asked to mark a day dedicated to the pursuit of happiness - World Happiness Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013, following a decision by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011.

Why the Next UN Aid Chief Is Simply No Job for an Amateur

Sam Barratt | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Barratt

It is surprising that the Conservative MP Andrew Lansley, who was removed from his role as health secretary in Britain after such a disastrous tenure, is David Cameron's top choice for a role will be dealing with such an intimidating to-do list.

A Year on From the UN Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, It Is Time for Action

Benedict Rogers | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

A year on from the historic UN inquiry, we should study afresh their findings and recommendations - and ensure that it does not sit as a historic text on academics' shelves, but instead serves as a policy manual for imminent implementation.

Chinese Students Thrown Out Of Model UN Following Taiwan Dispute

The Huffington Post UK | Nick Winchester | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A number of Chinese delegates were thrown out of a Harvard Model United Nations meeting after they protested against the listing of Taiwan as an indep...

The Key to Unlocking this African Moment

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

When grassroots communities described their realities, they taught me that the development they envisioned is not the same as the development the majority of the world imagines they want. In their own narrative, the strongest message from communities is a deep desire to be given the ability to do it for themselves.

Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

Barbara Frost | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear. The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. But as the fight against Ebola moves into this next stage, there is still so much work to be done.

Talking Extreme Poverty at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Margaret Batty

There are still 748 million people on Earth without access to clean water, many of whom have to walk for hours each day to fetch water that puts their health at risk.

Greenpeace Stunt At Peru's Sacred Nazca Lines Is An Epic Facepalm

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK

The head of Greenpeace will travel to Peru to personally apologise for a stunt which is thought to have damaged the country's ancient Nazca carvings. ...

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.