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Geneva 2: It's Not Just Peace That's a Priority for Syrians, It's Survival

Sara Firth | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Sara Firth

Far from the conference corridors at the Geneva 2 talks - the corridors of the UNHCR's Beirut office are bustling. Outside in the morning sun hundreds of Syrian refugees have already gathered in long queues. They're waiting.

Egypt's Three Years on the Misery-Go-Round

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The heady days of Egypt's "Arab Spring" are now a distant memory (indeed I always doubted that Egypt's revolution would very easily shake off decades of authoritarianism). Now, nothwithstanding the wishful thinking of the Egyptian tourist industry, the future looks bleak for Egypt.

Our Acts of Defiance

Olivia Marks-Woldman | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Marks-Woldman

Monday is Holocaust Memorial Day. I am sometimes asked if we still need to remember those who died in the Holocaust - after all, it was such a long time ago. Isn't it time we all moved on? And surely more recent events should take up more of our attention? My answer is an emphatic 'No!'. In fact, the occurrence of genocides since the Holocaust demonstrates how very important it is to commemorate the attempted annihilation of Europe's Jewish population, and all victims of Nazi Persecution. There have been genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur - showing all too clearly that lessons have not been learnt from the past. There is an even greater need to remember, inform and raise awareness of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Acknowledging the Violence

Leyla Hussein | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who supported our epetition and helped us reach over 100,000 signatures. The great British public stood with survivors and recognized the importance of this campaign. You have spoken out to say that FGM is child abuse and one of the worst forms of violence against women and you have asked the Government to put an end to it.

FGM Campaigners Reach 100,000 Signatures Needed for Parliamentary Debate

Dexter Dias QC | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Dexter Dias QC

When the moment finally arrived, Leyla Hussein was asleep. Since July last year, along with her anti-FGM colleagues, she's been tirelessly campaigning to secure the 100,000 signatures necessary to qualify her petition for a Parliamentary debate on Female Genital Mutilation. Then at about 4am on Friday morning, the campaign finally crossed that particular finishing line.

Truth and Reconciliation for Canada's Aborigines

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The TRC sessions are an excellent way for Canadians to become educated on a crucial part of their history. Uncovering past injustice and inviting it into public discourse is a basic step in addressing discrimination against Aboriginal communities.

The Tribes of Davos

Jon Miller | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Jon Miller

This week, Davos is host to the World Economic Forum's main annual shindig - an event portrayed in the press as either a useless confab of self-important gasbags, or a shadowy stronghold for the world's elite powerbrokers...

What a Wonderful World

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

I wonder if I can persuade you that, despite the utter horror of this week's headlines from Syria, we are lucky to live in an era of unprecedented human progress. Yes, I'm going to try to convince you that for more people, in more places, the world has more to offer now than at any time in the history of our species.

24 January 2014: 155 Years Since the Creation of the Modern Romanian State - Remembering Lord Palmerston

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Every year on 24 January Romanians celebrate one of the most important - and probably most affectionate - moments in the history of their country, the Union of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldova.

Don't Let the Politics of Syria Hold the Longings of Her People Hostage

Jehangir Malik | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

While the seasons and the landscape change in Syria, so much about the country's protracted conflict is unchanging and unrelenting. Thousands of people killed each month, atrocities on both sides, and thousands more fleeing the country as refugees. Millions living in limbo, some out of reach of humanitarian aid, when all they want is peace and a chance for normal life to resume.

Child Marriage Sets Girls Up for a Lifetime of Abuse

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Hunt

Ending child marriage internationally should be a global priority and included within the post-2015 development framework. A set of indicators that reflect the full range of issues surrounding child marriage should also be reviewed by donors when reviewing countries for development funding.

The Caucasus Emirate and its Capacity to use Women Terrorists and other Methods to Attack the 2014 Winter Olympics

Anne Speckhard | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

Security forces in Russia are frantically searching for four women thought to be suicide terrorists hiding out in the run up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Ruzanna Ibragimova--one of the four--is believed to have already penetrated the "iron ring" of Putin's security perimeter drawn in the radius around Sochi--waiting to attack.

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

Davos - An Important Meeting of Minds

Francine Lacqua | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Francine Lacqua

Today, I write to you from Davos, Switzerland, home of the World Economic Forum Annual meeting. Here, global business leaders, heads of state and other leading religious and academic figures converge in their thousands on this remote and very picturesque mountain top to discuss the macro socio-economic issues of the day.

Solving the 'Big Brother Problem' That Affects Every One of Us

Salil Shetty | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salil Shetty

Some of the most memorable headlines of 2013 involved personal privacy, data security and intelligence gathering issues from all corners of the globe - from the US to Brazil, from Australia to India. But what has bothered me about the conversation to date is the way it has been framed by some defenders of mass surveillance programmes. We must choose, they say, between security or privacy, protection or liberties.

The Curious Case of Bobi the Disabled Bulgarian Dog

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

Bobi was a political pawn, used by the media to condemn the RSPCA. In this case, the two charities in question were both doing the right thing in relation to the remit of their policies. The media hysteria, public bias and negative publicity meant that the death of Bobi would have haunted the RSPCA in 2014.

UK Court's Drone Ruling Shows the Law Is an Ass

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Recently, British courts have rivalled their counterparts across the pond in competing for the most senseless judgment. The latest example came just yesterday, when three British judges said they could not rule on whether British officials were complicit in murdering Pakistani civilians in US drone strikes because that might embarrass our friends in America.

Mercy Mission: Hair Transplant Surgeon Asim Shahmalak Is Travelling to Pakistan to Help Acid Attack Victims

Dr Asim Shahmalak | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Asim Shahmalak

'Ladies, can you imagine turning down a man's advances only to have lethal acid thrown in your face leaving you scarred for life? Unthinkable isn't it. It happens to be a terrifyingly reality for many women in Pakistan and sadly my home city of Karachi is a hotspot for these horrific attacks.

François Hollande - A Case of Infidelity or Integrity?

Dragana Brown | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

Irrespective of whether Hollande was involved in another relationship or not, for I am not here to cast judgement, the question of integrity is one to raise on the basis of Hollande's choices to hide behind and use as an excuse French cultural ways, rather than stand as a true leader and be completely transparent.

British Victim of Domestic Abuse Faces Prison in the UAE

Rori Donaghy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

On 20 January this year, the HuffPost UK published a Blog Post by Rori Donaghy (Director at the Emirates Centre for Human Rights) headed "British Victim of Domestic Abuse Faces Prison in the UAE". The post recorded the travails experienced under the Emirati legal system by Afsana Lachaux, a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, in connection with a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband over their three-year-old son. The HuffPost UK has received a complaint about this post from Afsana's ex-husband, and we accept that the post might fairly be criticised for conveying a one-sided impression of the couple's dispute; it could have been made clearer that Afsana's allegations of domestic abuse were denied by her ex-husband. We are happy to put that right, and apologise to him for any embarrassment caused.

Hong Kong Should Destroy Its Ivory Stockpile

Mark Jones | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

China's ivory stockpile destruction was significant because it is the world's largest ivory marketplace. Ivory carving and sales are legal in China and this has provided a cover for the trade there. An estimated 30,000 African elephants were illegally killed last year for their tusks; at this rate, the remaining 400,000 African elephants will be wiped out in two decades.

Crisis in Central African Republic

Ian Lucas | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

The scale of the violence, which has intensified since November, has escalated rapidly. More than 1,000 people have died in the last month alone. A widespread culture of impunity has rendered women particularly vulnerable and sexual violence is being used to terrorise groups within the country. A million people have fled or been displaced from their homes, compounding the already desperate humanitarian crisis. Amidst the horror, there is also confusion - from those struggling to make sense of a conflict in a country where Christian and Muslim communities have coexisted peacefully in the past and where, now, intense religious division is leading to horrific violence.

Afghanistan After 2014: It Won't Be Perfect, but It Will Be Good Enough

Luke Coffey | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

As Britain approaches the end of its combat operations in Afghanistan, the usual fanfare associated with victory in war will be notably absent. No triumphal parades, no formal surrender ceremony, and no heroic march into an enemy's capital. As Churchill wrote in 1897, "the victory must be looked for in the results."

The Din of Misogyny at Bangkok Protests

Thin Lei Win | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thin Lei Win

An anti-government protester blows a whistle as he walks past a cartoon and a banner insulting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra near the Government House in Bangkok, on Dec. 8, 2013. The bumper stickers on the effigy of Yingluck say, "Get out, idiot". The cardboard banner says, "Paying taxes for a whore to travel"

Private Lives, Public Lives

Robin Lustig | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

I was interested to see this week that, just days after we learned of President François Hollande's troubled private life, the European Court of Human Rights set out some useful guidelines about where it thinks the line should be drawn when it comes to the private lives of public figures.