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Let Refugees Learn: David Cameron Must Act Now

Stephen Hale | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Hale

The government must act now to ensure that those refugees that arrive here, having fled unimaginable horrors, are given the English classes they need to start rebuilding their lives and integrate within our communities.

University of Jihad

Deeyah Khan | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Deeyah Khan

We cannot leave vulnerable young men open to the exploitation of extremists, both for our own security, and their own wellbeing. If we simply see prisons as warehouses, designed to confine, then we should not be surprised if extremists see them in a similar way - as places where they can collect damaged young men for their jihads, and their crusades, wholesale.

Why Afghanistan Still Needs Foreign Aid

Subrata De | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Subrata De

Without outside help, things would be different. The fight for women's rights would falter; humanitarian assistance would be limited; access to education, healthcare, livelihoods support and employment would drop. Rural youth, who we have helped into work, would potentially be free to join opposition groups. The road to democracy and security would be compromised.

Sex Workers Have the Right to Be Free From Violence, Abuse, and Discrimination - Just Like Anyone Else

Kerry Moscogiuri | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Kerry Moscogiuri

Essentially today, we are acknowledging that sex workers have the right to be free from violence, abuse, and discrimination. Just like anyone else. To accompany the policy's launch, we have also published four new reports looking at the plight of sex workers in Argentina, Hong Kong, Norway and Papua New Guinea. Overall the reports come to the same conclusion. Governments must do much more to protect sex workers from abuse. And criminalisation of sex work contributes to the denial and abuse of their human rights.

After London's Bitter Mayoral Campaign, It's Time to Clear the Air

John Sauven | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
John Sauven

For every person killed in London by a traffic accident, nearly a hundred are killed by low air quality. Imagine if that was reversed, if London's traffic was killing ten thousand people a year through collisions, would we still accept it as the price of urban living? How many thousands of deaths would we tolerate if we could see them happening on our streets?

South of Syria

Baroness Suttie | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Suttie

With the prospect of further fighting in Aleppo the number of refugees trying to enter Jordan is likely to increase yet again this summer and with the best will in the world there are limits to any country's elasticity.

My Biggest Hope for the World Humanitarian Summit

Diane Abbott | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

My biggest hope for the World Humanitarian Summit is that resources are allocated to support grass roots women-led organisations, which have been shown to have the greatest impact in delivering both safety for the women of the global south and prosperity for their communities.

Amnesty Poll: The Public Really Isn't Buying All the Anti-Refugee Political Rhetoric

Naomi Westland | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Naomi Westland

It will have come as no surprise to anyone who's been involved in grassroots solidarity with refugees that a new Amnesty poll, published yesterday, has found overwhelming support among the British public for people fleeing conflict and persecution. Over three quarters of British people would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, the survey results show, and 70% say the government isn't doing enough to help.

A British Bill of Rights Is a Threat to the Absolute Ban on Torture

Sonya Sceats | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Sonya Sceats

The Queen's speech suggests that the government is sticking to its plan, in which case we must remain vigilant to stop any backsliding on the absolute ban on torture and other universal rights through political sleights of hand.

Georgia Is on the Wrong Side of History

Levan Asatiani | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Levan Asatiani

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and many in Europe have a lot to celebrate... Over on the eastern edge of the continent, however, things have been heading quite a contrary direction this year.

Why's Everyone Talking About Idaho and Hobbits Again?

Claire House | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Claire House

Over the past quarter of a century, great progress has been made on LGBT rights worldwide. 40 countries have decriminalised homosexuality and over 30 have outlawed homophobic hate crimes. Over 60 countries now legally protect LGBT people at work and 15 recognise same-sex marriages. But huge challenges remain

The Time Will Come When I Die - But I Pray I Will Live Until My Natural Death

Abdul Basit | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Abdul Basit

I am in pain. I have been in pain ever since I became ill with tubercular meningitis in prison in 2010, which left me paralyzed. Ever since then, I have not been able to move from the waist down - I cannot even go to the toilet myself, and need medicine every day. I am dependent on others for everything, and it's very difficult... I have a faith, and believe everything is written in destiny, so when the time will come I will die - nobody can stop it. But I still pray that everything will be alright - I will not be executed, but will live until my natural death.

Nepal, One Year On

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

These children are unlikely to forget what happened one year ago. Their faces are the faces of children who have had to grow up too fast. If we act now, there is hope that children like Ashmiti and her friends could have positive futures that aren't defined by the events of last spring.

In Liberia, the Scars of Ebola Are Everywhere - But There Is Hope Among the Hardship

Lizzie Lake | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Lizzie Lake

One year on from the end of Ebola, life in hot, dusty Dolo's Town is still fragile and hard. The legacy of this vicious disease will be felt for years to come. The pain and grief is still tangible, but there is a cautious op-timism that, with the right investment and support, things are starting to look up.

There Is No Migrant Crisis

Alex Scrivener | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Alex Scrivener

It's time for us to reassess what we currently think of as a migrant crisis. What we face is a crisis of war, poverty and inequality. And free movement, far from being the problem, is part of the solution. Indeed, it's time to begin the fight for free movement for everyone, whether they be rich or poor. This may sound idealistic, but the alternative, the continuation of the unfair and cruel status quo, obligates us to at least begin to build a different kind of world.

Ebola's Gone but Sierra Leone's Health System Is on Its Knees

Heenali Patel | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

The rows of white tents that used to house patients at the Ebola Treatment Centre in the Moyamba District of Sierra Leone have been disinfected and taken away, and the smell of smoke and chlorine that once filled the dusty air has faded... This time last year, the centre was on the frontline of the fight against Ebola.

Students At This University Are Being Forced To Study Exorcism

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students in Spain have been enrolled on a compulsory course about exorcism. The University College of Barberan and Collan has invited a priest to prov...

Why Lion Trophy Hunting Must End

Mark Jones | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Mark Jones

Most people know about the terrible declines in many of Africa's animals, particularly elephants. What many people don't realise is that Lions, arguably the most iconic of Africa's predators, are also in real trouble.

Britain Has Been Instrumental in the Yemen Humanitarian Effort - But Questions Must Be Asked of Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia

Stephen Twigg | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The International Development Committee is encouraged by DFID's focus on the long term development of Yemen and the department's support for UN efforts to facilitate peace talks. We urge the Government to apply pressure on all parties to the conflict so we can see progress in the peace talks and particularly to ensure that the accompanying ceasefire is adhered to by all sides.

Violence Against Women and Girls - It's Time to Put Words Into Action

Girish Menon | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

Today in Westminster, MPs from across different political parties will join together to debate this issue and discuss what really needs to be done in order to bring an end to the violence that scars the lives of so many.

Rebuilding Nepal After Devastating Earthquake

Chris Bain | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Chris Bain

Kamala Thalea lost her son, two daughters and her mother when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal one year ago. She said, "My family and old life are gone now, I only have my eldest daughter left with me."

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

If We Keep Spreading the Message About Malaria, We Will Keep Saving Even More Lives

Martha Amoo | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Martha Amoo

Education is so vital. When you give people help and tell them what the symptoms are and what to do if they feel ill, it not only prevents them from getting malaria in the first place but teaches them how to get the right treatment to save their lives.

I Will Never Forget the Earthquake That Took My Sons

Tok Kanchhi Tamang | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Tok Kanchhi Tamang

My wife was at our home, preparing lunch with our boys. When I saw the houses collapsing in the village, I ran as fast as I could through the debris, and back to my family. As I ran, the ground was shaking and I kept falling down. For those five minutes between the earthquake and reaching home, I still had hope. That hope was taken away when I pulled the bodies of my two sons from the rubble.

One Year on From the Earthquake: The Women Rebuilding Nepal

Mariela Magnelli | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Mariela Magnelli

Women continue to be among the most affected by the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in 81 years. Women have lost their homes, families and livelihoods, and have received little support from the Nepali government. Intersecting inequalities meant that women faced additional barriers and were less able to access the emergency relief provided. Single women in particular are still struggling to access the support they need, fighting barriers and social stigma in order to gain equal rights.