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Nepal's Children Pay the Highest Price - Earthquakes Threaten Education Progress

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

The Ministry estimates the total damage to the country's education system at US$313.2 (£204.7) million, mainly to infrastructure. Demolition and debris removal, construction of temporary learning centres, child-friendly spaces, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, plus school repair costs total US$32.5 (£21.24)million.

We Will Not Abandon Raif Badawi

Richard Reoch | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK
Richard Reoch

Asked about the case in the House of Lords last week, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said that the UK government stands by "freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression". But, she said, "we have to recognize that the actions of the Saudi government in these respects have the support of the vast majority of the Saudi population."

Hong Kong's Future

Sarah Kwong | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Sarah Kwong

Beijing has written a bill which, if passed, will allow Hong Kongers to vote for their own leader in 2017 - as long as the Communist party approves of the three candidates put forward. Hong Kong, gloriously and rightfully autonomous since it's release from Britain in the late nineties, was promised 50 years of making their own choices and rules. This bill undermines that promise.

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.

No, Ambassador: It's Not 'Meddling' to Call for Free Speech in Saudi Arabia

Robert Sharp | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Robert Sharp

As the Badawi case has shown, dissent in Saudi Arabia, as in many countries in the Middle East, is brutally suppressed. Yet Saudi Arabia is in fact a signatory to the Arab Charter on Human Rights in 2009, a document that guarantees the right to freedom of expression. Campaigners are asking Saudi Arabia to adhere to the standards it has set for itself.

Join the Race to Turn the Lights on in Africa

Akon | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Akon

You're probably reading this post on a computer or mobile device via a vibrant glow emitted by the screen. So readily available to many of us, light and power only becomes evident in their unexpected absence - the frustration of dead batteries, power outages and darkness. Yet for 622million people in Africa, energy poverty is the norm. Home to one-sixth of the world's population, Africa receives only 4% of the world's energy supply... Inspired by my own childhood I knew that we could electrify Africa now, and we could do it quickly.

Migration - Choosing Freedom Over Xenophobia

Desmond Tutu | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Desmond Tutu

Xenophobia is a prison - a Robben Island of mind and matter - that can never lead to peace or happiness. Of mind, because society is a reflection of the images we create of each other, and it is these perceived images that fight and hate.

From Baby Posters to Immigration: The Danish Election Explained

Alex Forrest | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alex Forrest

Rather like Birgitte Nyborg, the fictional prime minister in the Danish drama Borgen, Thorning-Schmidt has been staging a political fight back. Over the last few months, she's gained ground on her main opponent, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Why I'm Joining the Biggest Climate Change Lobby in History

Will Green | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Will Green

To put plainly, if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty. If we want to ensure that hard-won development gains are not wasted, we have to take decisive action on climate change.

No 'Olympic Truce' for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Baku: Barred From Entry and Deported on the Eve of the First European Games

Melody Patry | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK
Melody Patry

After sending renowned Azerbaijani human rights activists and journalists to prison, the country's authorities have decided to ban foreign journalists and rights groups from the European Games. This latest move highlights the lengths to which Azerbaijan will go to prevent people from seeing what's really going on within its borders.

By Denying Amnesty International Entry to Baku, Azerbaijan Has Proved Right All Our Criticism

Naomi Westland | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Naomi Westland

Azerbaijan is using these Games as a PR tool to launder its image to the world. It wants to show itself as a modern, dynamic, progressive country. What's going on behind the scenes, however, is the complete opposite.

Speak Up About Climate Change for the Sake of Those You Love

Sophie Dodgeon | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Sophie Dodgeon

When it comes to climate change, the talk is often about the impact on future generations. The implication is that consequences are still some way off in the future and, despite the scary headlines, we don't need to worry too much about them now. But for those of us who are deeply concerned about the effect carbon emissions are having on people and planet, this isn't helpful.

Too Young to Marry

Alex Harris | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Alex Harris

Victims of child, early and forced marriage typically have children very young and because their bodies aren't ready for childbirth, around 70,000 girls die in labour every year... I've uploaded a selection of our child bride images into the 'how old am I' app and here are the results. A picture says a thousand words, but the age says so much more.

Mosul: 12 Months Under Daesh

Frank Baker | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Frank Baker

What kind of state murders hundreds of people, including women and children, just because they express a different opinion, are of a different religion, or even for smoking a cigarette? The answer is a state that has no legitimacy, no functioning justice system, no connection with its people and no future.

How We Will Celebrate World Environment Day

Steve McAllister | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK
Steve McAllister

As a global business it is our responsibility to help protect the environment, and we are proud to be the beer industry leader in social responsibility.

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

David Bull | Posted 03.06.2016 | 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.

Toxic Platitudes: The Importance of a More Holistic Approach to 'Peacebuilding' in South Ossetia

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is read the news. I scan as many sources as I can depending on the time I have available. Many years of doing this have convinced me that nothing is written without a reason. It is as the Russian poet Mayakovsky wrote, that even if the stars are lit, it means someone needs it.

We Need a Global Apollo Programme to Tackle Climate Change

Richard Layard | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK
Richard Layard

Blindingly simple logic dictates the goal of this programme. Once carbon-free energy costs less to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the fossil fuels will just stay in the ground. So the target for the GAP is to reduce the cost of clean energy and to do it fast. Within 10 years base-load electricity from wind or sun is to become less costly than from coal throughout the world.

Blatter's Inaction on Human Rights Must End

Alex Porter | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Sport
Alex Porter

In the wake of this media frenzy, there is a unique opportunity to hold Fifa to account not only for their corruption, but also for the lives their greed has cost. Blatter can no longer claim ignorance of the endemic corruption within his organisation and he must be held to a standard that does demand he "watch everyone all the time".

Search and Destroy Does Not Save Lives

Meinie Nicolai | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Meinie Nicolai

Europe has been quick and unified to launch a war on smugglers but has shown no political willingness to offer immediate alternatives to these dangerous journeys... Clearly, no political willingness exists in Europe to carry the legal responsibility to provide protection and assistance for people in distress calling for help in the waters just off European shores.

Unsung Hero Killed in the Line of Duty

Razan Rashidi | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Nineteen year old Isra'a Yasser Al-Habash was another Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer working with Ayman in Douma that day. Tragically, she was killed by the mortar fire.

The UK is Complicit in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Andrew Smith

The bombardment has been supported by the US and the UK, with both governments giving political and military support to the Saudi regime.

Nepal: Invisible Destruction

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

Sameer hastens up steep slopes and shoots down small winding trails through deep river valleys. His flip-flops make a clacking sound, as he paces through his village in the mountains of Gorkha. Around him, in stark contrast to the picturesque panorama, homes have turned into piles of rubble, burying clothes, food and furniture underneath...

The Trauma of Coping With Your Period in Nepal - Now

Holly Miller | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Holly Miller

On top of ensuring women have the privacy they need by supplying tents and building temporary shelters for each family affected by the earthquake, ActionAid is providing women in affected communities in Nepal with vital sanitary kits. We've given out 10,000 already.

'They Can Lock Me Up, But They Don't Get to Silence Me'

Rachael Jolley | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Rachael Jolley

When you go up against the big guns of any state, you know they will throw everything at you. Even when they tell you that you have won, you shouldn't believe a word they say. Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has learned this hard lesson in the last few days.