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Sexual Violence, the Weapon of War That Has Ceased to Die

Anita Tiessen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

A critical component in addressing sexual violence is to build a protective environment to prevent children and women for being exposed to violence. In the midst of crises, even the most basic risk-mitigation efforts that can be life-saving are often deemed non-essential and overlooked.

The Rape Victims Who Still Wait for Justice

Emime Ndihokubwayo | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Emime Ndihokubwayo

The truth is that sexual violence - in warfare and otherwise - is still a choice someone has made. And at the moment it is a choice that will likely never see any form of redress or retribution. By teaching women who have been raped about their rights, supporting them to prosecute rapists and getting them vital medical support, we are not only helping survivors get the justice they deserve and crave, we are making a statement.

Please Don't Forget the Protections That Survivors Need

Kolbassia Haoussou | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Kolbassia Haoussou

On behalf of all survivors worldwide to you here today, experts, ministers, states offi-cials please, while you're trying hard to make the world a better place, while you are trying to bring us justice, please don't forget the protections that survivors need to participate in this process.

Male Politicians and Diplomats Must Follow William Hague's Lead and Be Champions and Allies in Ending Sexual Violence Against Women

Alice Allan | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Alice Allan

For too long violence against women has been viewed as 'a women's issue'- and when it comes to politics, the issue is usually given to the 'gender ministry' or tagged onto the role of a female minister whatever her official portfolio might be. Whilst working at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), I remember how civil servants were scurrying around trying to find a woman (Lynne Featherstone as it turned out) to be the government's champion on violence against women and girls globally. But at the time she was a Home Office Minister. Why weren't we asking the male foreign secretary to be the champion? The person who has the ability to discuss these issues at the highest levels with their male counterparts?

What Have Brazilians Got Against the World Cup?

Victoria Gill | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Victoria Gill

Everyone is up in arms except for the Cariocas. Because if the World Cup were the Hunger Games, Rio is the pre-selected surviving Tribute. Brazil can almost afford to mess up this week because it's guaranteed a lifeline to wipe the slate clean in Rio in 2016. No one is complaining about what's happening in Rio.

Field Diary: Severe Destruction and Starvation Overwhelm Formerly Besieged Syrian City

Kumar Tiku | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance to millions of conflict-affected children and families in Syria, including through support for safe drinking water and to the on-going polio campaign. It is essential that life-saving assistance reaches all those affected by the conflict, particularly children and women, no matter where they are in the country.

Ending the Horror of Rape and Abuse Against Children in Conflict

Lord Ashdown | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

During my years in Bosnia, both during the war and afterwards I heard and saw evidence of horrific stories of mass rape and sexual violence committed during the war. Thousands of women and children suffered terrible abuse and the physical and mental scars could stay with survivors for the rest of their lives. Years later, sexual violence still remains entrenched in conflict zones around the world and children are often the most vulnerable. Children suffering in conflicts are growing up in a world where they face the daily threat of rape and abuse and sexual violence is considered the 'norm'.

Foreign Policy Must Adapt to Tackle the Threat of Boko Haram

Martin Edobor | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Nigeria has the potential to be a thriving nation with a thriving economy, a beacon in a region that has been through decades of difficulty. Boko Haram is preventing this vision becoming a reality. It must be stopped.

Bringing Hope to the Children of Haiti - How Soccer Aid Changes Lives

Lewis Hamilton | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Sport
Lewis Hamilton

With the Formula One season in full flow, you could be forgiven for thinking that my life at the moment is focused on non-stop training, qualifying and racing. It's often difficult to find time for anything else, but earlier this month I was able to visit Haiti with Unicef, the world's leading children's organisation, to make an appeal film for this year's Soccer Aid, which returns for the fifth time on Sunday 8 June.... No child, no matter where they live in the world should go hungry or lose their life because they or their family don't have enough to eat. That's why I'm asking everyone to tune in on June 8 and give what they can.

D-Day and Bergdahl: Thoughts on the Forgotten Casualties of War

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Is Bergdahl a deserter? A traitor? Is he, as some critics in the US have implausibly suggested, a real-life incarnation of Nicholas Brody of the TV series Homeland, a captured US serviceman who may have switched sides? Or is he one more casualty of war, a man whose wounds can't be seen but are real nonetheless? It's perfectly possible, of course, to be both.

Trafficked Children Need Us to Advocate For Them

Javed Khan | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

It is extraordinary to think that slavery of any kind still exists in the modern world. For many slavery is a remnant of a bygone era; an unpleasant and unrepeatable portion of human history. So it's shocking when you learn that slavery not only still exists but is happening across the UK today.

D-Day Anniversary: Decoys and Deceptions

Wing Commander John Bell MBE | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Wing Commander John Bell MBE

We were briefed on 5 June that our operation would take place that night, through the hours of darkness, and we took off at midnight. The spoof raid was initially operated by eight Lancasters flying in line towards the French coast, two miles apart at a height of three thousand feet and a speed of 180 mph.

Remembering the Veterans of D-Day

Sergeant Lee Wrake | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Sergeant Lee Wrake

I always commemorate D-Day - I think it's important to remember, a lot of people lost their lives through this campaign. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I ever talked about this, I think back and I was lucky to get away with my life.

Brazil Triumph for Animals as Global Cosmetics Campaign Rolls On

Michelle Thew | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

Cruelty Free International launched our Brazil office and campaign for a ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics and toiletries just nine months ago. And after a whirlwind campaign, the Congress last night voted that most cosmetics tests must now be carried out without the use of animals.

What Would Ronald Reagan Make of Today's Republican Party?

Robert Philpot | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Philpot

Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, it is unsurprising that Republicans are desperate to bask in a few rays from Reagan's reflected glory. In 2011, he ranked third in a poll of the most popular US president of the past 50 years behind Jack Kennedy and Bill Clinton. But, as America marks the 10th anniversary of his death, just how comfortable would Reagan himself be in today's Republican party?

NATO Warns Ukraine Against Using Army

David Morrison | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Not before time, it appears, the West is reining in its clients in Kiev and urging them to refrain from using the Ukrainian army to put down opposition in the east of the country. Good sense has prevailed at last in Western capitals and further bloodshed will hopefully be avoided in Donetsk and Lugansk.

The Rite of Spring - Two Kidnapped Christian Bishops; Pictures of Pagan Russia, in the Country of Syria

Francis John Hogan | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Francis John Hogan

May 29th marked the 101st anniversary of the premier of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant musical composition attributed to Igor Stravinsky, and performed by Sergei Diaghilev's - The Ballet Russes Dance Company, in the City of Paris, France of the year 1913.

'Generation War' - Fact and Fiction

Witold Sobków | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

By effectively reconceptualising German suffering during the war at the expense of that of other nations, the series seems to be creating a somehow distorted reality of World War II, which many people regard as offensive to the memory of the millions of victims of the Nazi German regime in an occupied Poland and elsewhere.

25 Years Later: Remembering Tiananmen Against the Odds

Harriet Garland | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

It is our duty to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown, as Amnesty and as ordinary people outside China. We should do it because we can.

The Curious Tale of Bulgaria's Extremist Flip-Flopping Party

Jo Simmons | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

'No to EU homosexuality, it is Mother Russia that liberated us'. This statement comes not from some pro-Russian separatist fighting the power in Ukraine, but from Volen Siderov, the charismatic and divisive leader of Bulgaria's ultranationalist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic party Ataka.

Syria Is the Biggest Refugee Crisis in the World... And It's Not Going Away

David Morrissey | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
David Morrissey

The Syria crisis may have fallen off the news agenda, but it hasn't gone away. Every month around 100,000 Syrians become refugees. Again and again I was told the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile and critically underfunded, but there was enormous praise for Jordan - not a rich country by Middle Eastern standards, yet it is showing great generosity towards the Syrian people. This is an international crisis on an epic scale. It's a matter of global responsibility - Jordan and the other countries neighbouring Syria should not be bearing the brunt of this alone.

Stuart Franklin: 'It Was a David and Goliath Moment'

Roseann Rife | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Roseann Rife

When world renowned photographer Stuart Franklin was standing on a crowded balcony five stories up from Beijing's Tiananmen Square, pointing his camera at a man standing defiant in front of a row of Chinese tanks, he thought he was too far away from the action. But 25 years after that iconic day on 5 June 1989, the picture has become the ultimate symbol of the power of an individual against the might of the state. This is how it happened.

National Politics Must Not Undermine International Law

David Young | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Young

When José María Galante believed he had discovered his former fascist torturer living contently near his home in Madrid and freely jogging around the local park most mornings no one might have imagined the implications for the future of the international law of universal jurisdiction, that allows serious crimes committed in one country to be tried in another.

Nato and Ukraine

David Morrison | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but it is a NATO 'partner'. In fact, it has had co-operation agreements with NATO since it became an independent state in 1991...

The Inside Track on Three World Cup Outsiders

Tony Jimenez | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

We now stand less than two weeks away from the beginning of what is being billed as one of the greatest World Cups of all time. As the pre-tournament excitement builds with every passing day, all talk turns to which side has enough quality, focus - and not to mention a little bit of luck - to lift the famous trophy.