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Humanitarians Helping to Unite Nations

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 18.08.2016 | 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.

The UK Effort to #ShareHumanity With Syria

Gareth Bayley | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gareth Bayley

When one looks at the scale of Syria's need, it is clear that the international community cannot do enough and indeed has not done enough. The heart of the matter - support and pressure for a political settlement - is flatly blocked within the UN Security Council. Humanitarian aid appeals meet with a response, but never quite to the amount sought. For the UK, we responded - £200million to the latest appeal - and will continue to respond. And we do all we can to unblock the path to that political settlement that Syria needs.

Healing Waters From Hebron to Gaza

Kate Rothschild | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Kate Rothschild

I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.

We Are Europe - We Can Do Better

Vickie Hawkins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Vickie Hawkins

We are Europe - we promote to the world the importance of respect for human rights and protection of individual liberty. The UK has frequently been at the vanguard of that effort. The Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis that I've met over the past 48 hours have unfortunately yet to see that side of us.

Freedom of Religion or Belief Is the Most Basic Right of All, It Affects Us All, And It Is Under Increasing Threat Worldwide

Benedict Rogers | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is, in all our interests to ensure that governments, media and institutions around the world speak out for individuals in jail or facing execution, support civil society actors on the ground working to defend freedom of religion or belief, and make it a priority to promote this most basic of freedoms.

'You Can Shout at Us, You Can Do Whatever You Want... We Are Going to Stay Here, We Are British'

Kavita Puri | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Kavita Puri

Last year I heard the untold story of this pioneer generation - children of the Raj who arrived in a country unused to seeing people from the former colonies on its streets. I now pick up their story - along with their children - many of whom were born here - in the second series of Three Pounds in My Pocket, broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

China's Lawyer Arrests Prompt Concerns about Rule of Law

Sir Geoffrey Nice | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Sir Geoffrey Nice

The events of the past four weeks represent a significant and deliberate attack on the rights defence community, and reveal a lack of respect for the profession which is at odds with government rhetoric around rule of law.

We Wanted to Show the People Living in the Calais Camps That People in Britain Do Care

Diane Fotheringham | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Diane Fotheringham

It's been wonderful to see how much grassroots support there is out there and is a wonderful demonstration of how the British people can work together to transform people power into donations and support. We plan to embark on the 500-mile journey from Glasgow on 11 August and intend to return two days later, after donating the supplies.

My Father Was an Illegal Immigrant

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

The nearly a quarter of a million people who have arrived in Europe this year represent a massive headache for the authorities in both Italy and Greece, who are desperate for more help from their EU partners... The real scandal is not how many people are huddled in Calais hoping to get to the UK, but how few we are allowing in.

The First 100 Days of Conservative Rule Have Been Grim for Anyone Who Cares About Securing a Safe Climate for Our Children and Grandchildren

Caroline Lucas | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

As we look back on the first 100 days of this Government, many politicians, businesses and campaigners are also looking forward - with just four months to go until world leaders meet in Paris to agree a deal on climate change... Yet the first 100 days of Conservative rule have been grim for anyone who cares about securing a safe climate for our children and grandchildren.

Migrants Face Beheading in Saudi's Spate of Executions

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Much has been written recently of the spate of executions in Pakistan - more than 200 now, and counting - since the moratorium was lifted last December. While this spate of execution surely merits the international condemnation it has provoked, it must not be permitted to obscure the nightmare that is being faced by Pakistani citizens on death row in other countries. Most pressing, perhaps, is the fate of those who face execution in Saudi Arabia.

As the Blame Game Continues, the Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Eastern Ukraine

Jo Simmons | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Jo Simmons

If the Ukrainian government want to avoid falling victim to this well established Russian tactic they would do well to stop taking the bait and start living up to their own rhetoric about eastern residents being as valued as Ukrainian citizens as their western counterparts. A good start would be to lift the blockade and reinstate pensions for its most vulnerable people.

The Climate Negotiations in Paris - Time for Change

David Nussbaum | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Politics
David Nussbaum

These two meetings are the culmination of long, intensive processes, and present governments across the world with the chance to make bold decisions. If they rise to the challenge, they can set us all on a path to address the inter-connected crises of poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and climate change.

One Year On - The Sparks Which Could Reignite 'Hot War' in Ukraine

Richard Howitt | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

The last week has left me in no doubt that this is quite literally a fight for Europe within Ukraine. Europe has to consider very carefully the consequences for all of us whether it is a fight we can afford to be lost and to decide for ourselves exactly what constitutes victory or defeat? Cold war, hot war or no war at all.

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

Eurotunnel Services Return To Normal After Migrant Activity Causes Holiday Gridlock

PA | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK

Eurotunnel services have returned to normal after migrant activity in France caused long delays and left British holidaymakers seething on one of the ...

Click Here for More Power: How Can Petitions Open Up Parliament?

Tom Bage | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Bage

Platforms like Change.org are opening up politics because they put power directly into the hands of the people and it's good that Westminster is evolving to reflect that. But if Parliament's formal petitions process is going to achieve its full potential it should ditch the focus on arbitrary numbers and 19th Century committees and embrace a more open model fully fit for the 21st Century.

Monsoon Season Brings More Danger to Nepal's Children

David Bull | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK
David Bull

Saturday marks three months since the first Nepal earthquake hit and although we're hearing less and less about it in the media, children are still in danger. With the country now in monsoon season and heavy rain, flooding and thunder storms expected, your support is needed now more than ever.

Hunting the World's Most Wanted People Smuggler

Alex Crawford | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Alex Crawford

There is no rule of law and much of the state infrastructure is crumbling with government employees complaining about not being paid. And it's here in Tripoli where the Italian investigators traced Ghermay to, where they believe he's living and from where he manages his multi-national human trafficking business. And it's here he will carry on operating, safe in the knowledge he can't and won't be caught - no matter the protestations and political pledges to crack down on the gangs and the networks. Because Libya is anarchic and that means the smugglers can operate with impunity.

Into the Black: Channel 4's 'Escape From Isis'

Neil Durkin | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

The lined, worried face of Khaleel al-Dakhi, the stark beauty of the purple-flowered landscape through which his team drive - flatlands beneath mountains and then spooky mountain roads littered with burnt-out cars. It all begins to hit you.

Breaking the Law: China Rounds Up Its Lawyers

Harriet Garland | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers," Dickens wrote, envisaging the 'bad people' as the lawyer's clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in for questioning over the last week in an unprecedented crackdown on the profession.

This Summer, Across the Greek Islands, Boats Filled With Refugees Are Nothing Unusual

Owen Fay | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK
Owen Fay

What passes for routine these days means that within an hour the crew on board has spotted, hailed and rescued forty-four men, women and children. All Syrian, all fleeing the war. This summer, across the Greek islands, this is nothing unusual...

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

Why Two Former FGM 'Cutters' Chose to Stop This Horrifying Practice in Kenya

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...

A Chance for a Global Tax System That Works for All - Not Just the Richest

Adriano Campolina | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Adriano Campolina

A just and global solution to the problems of international taxation is required if developing countries are to realise economic self-sufficiency. But if developing countries cannot have a meaningful voice in global tax rules, then they have every justification for going their own way.