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Slavery in the Indian Ocean: The Trafficking of Women in Madagascar

Johanna Higgs | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Trafficking. Arguably one of the worst human horrors occurring on this planet at this time. Slavery in its modern form. Men, women and children are tricked and coerced into slavery for labor and worse, sexual slavery. It is estimated that there are around 30 million men, women and children currently enslaved across the globe.

Young People Have a Right to Be Heard

Lily Caprani | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

As we build and develop U-Report, young people will be at the heart of what we do, but we are also interested in collaborating with other organisations who work with and for young people and children. So please get in touch, we want to hear from you!

Why Amnesty Has Launched an Emergency Campaign on Racism

Kate Allen | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

The last century has taught us just how achievable change is, especially when it comes at both a national and individual local level - from people's perceptions about the morality of drink-driving, to the drastic reduction in the ubiquitous habit of smoking everywhere, and of course racism. But it takes a huge coming together of determined people. It takes showing that this is not what we are prepared for the United Kingdom to head towards, that this is not the new normal.

Yemen Is Becoming a Land of Bombed Schools, Road Blocks and Child Soldiers

Mark Goldring | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Even before the current war, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East. Chronic poverty has been aggravated by conflict, weather and long-term instability. More than ten million people have insufficient food and two million have been displaced within the country. Bombing and fighting continues in many places and there are few aid agencies on the ground with too little money. Too many of those that are there have been holed up in the capital.

A New Internationalist Role for the UK

Crispin Blunt | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Crispin Blunt

The British vote to leave the EU has ended decades of ambiguity in our relationship with Europe. Although, in the immediate aftermath of the result, it is easy to see only challenges and uncertainty ahead, the decision will in fact bring many opportunities and much clarity for both the UK and EU partners.

'A Symbolic Nick'? Offensive and Damaging to FGM Survivors

Sarah Champion | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

The Economist is perpetuating the idea that FGM can be legitimised because it's done as a symbolic act. FGM is an act of a patriarchal society and all forms must be viewed as a serious crime.

A Fair Chance for Every Child

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to a healthy start in life, the right to an education and the right to a safe, secure childhood. But around the world, millions of children are being denied these rights, for no other reason than the country, community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born. We cannot and we must not let this huge injustice continue.

The Horror of Sex Tourism in Madagascar

Johanna Higgs | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

I stayed in a hotel in the center of the sleaze. One of the first things I noticed was a sign on my bathroom door warning me to not bring children into the room for sex. A sign that I guessed had no effect as each day I watched old men coming in and out of the hotel with girls who barely looked 18.

Cecil's Legacy, 12 Months On

Mark Jones | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mark Jones

Cecil's death must not have been in vain.

Our Shot to End Malaria

Andy Murray | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Sport
Andy Murray

There's no tournament on earth like Wimbledon and, after winning here three years ago, I'm looking forward to returning with the home advantage and the incredible support of my fans, and giving it my best shot. This year I'm proud to be wearing Malaria No More UK's logo on my sleeve. I've supported the charity's work to end malaria deaths for seven years now... In the fight against malaria, when funding has been reduced or stopped many countries have seen the disease return with a vengeance. We cannot afford to stand still or let any ground slip when so many lives and futures are at stake.

Today Could Be the First Step Towards Scrapping Some of the Fundamental Rules Protecting Our Environment

John Sauven | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
John Sauven

We won't be given a referendum on fracking, protecting badgers and hedgehogs, where our sewage outflow pipes should go, or whether a habitable climate is worth protecting. But democracy is not suspended. Now is the time that your voice is most urgently needed to protect the things you love which cannot speak for themselves.

Our Fight for an Open, Optimistic, Hopeful, Diverse and Tolerant Britain Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Tim Farron | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

I am devastated and I am angry. Today we woke to a deeply divided country. Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept. An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain's future. With this vote, the very fabric of our country has changed. The whole fabric of Europe has been changed. Our fight for an open, optimistic, hopeful, diverse and tolerant Britain is needed now more than ever. Together we will continue to make the case for Britain's future with Europe, a future millions of people have voted for.

Big Questions After Brexit

Julian McCrae | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Julian McCrae

The process of choosing David Cameron's successor will take time and will undoubtedly cause further issues within government. The negotiations about how to negotiate will take time, and may themselves be difficult.

Why Brexit Would Be Good News for Refugees - More Control Means More Compassion

David Burrowes | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Burrowes

Leaving the EU does not mean leaving our historic and international obligations to refugees. In fact I believe outside of the EU we can continue to take the lead in our compassionate response to refugees and provide more support in cooperation with our European and International partners. I look forward on Thursday to voting to Leave the EU for more control and more compassion for refugees.

Saving Others, Saving Ourselves

Natasha Freidus | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

As we collectively navigate this crisis we must consider the cost of failing to act. Essa, Danika, and Maria are living proof of how our society benefits when refugees have the opportunity to learn, to work, and to give. Acting on behalf of refugees is not merely altruistic. In Danika's words, "By saving refugees, we are saving ourselves, our future, our morality, and our civilization."

The EU Has Delivered Enormous Benefits to the UK, Its Economy, and Its People

Richard Branson | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Richard Branson

Up to three million British jobs are linked to the UK's membership in the world's largest single market. It's a market of more than 500million consumers, offering unparalleled opportunities for investment and trade while guaranteeing openness, transparency and security. EU trading partners buy 44% of all British exports, more than 300,000 British businesses operate in other EU countries and it provides great support for thousands of start-ups each year. I have yet to hear a convincing reason why the UK should give that up.

Children's Education Is Too Important to Be a Casualty of War

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

With the right opportunities and the chance to learn, children like Ali will no longer be pressured to work - giving him and his family the hope they need to rebuild their lives, and potentially their country, if or when it is safe for them to return.

Europe on the Steep Sand Dune of History

Charles Crawford | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Charles Crawford

The nervous Remain camp frames the issues in terms of pessimism. The emboldened Leave camp in turn emphasises optimism. Take back control! Don't listen to Project Fear! More trade, less Brussels! Fewer immigrants! Yes, leaving is risky - but we Brits like risks! Don't trust Dave!

The UK Should Be Proud to Lead on Meeting the 0.7% Target for Aid

Stephen Twigg | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

I welcome today's Westminster Hall debate. It is important that we have an open discussion about UK aid. I am proud of the many positive things which aid has delivered but I am determined that we provide both accountability and value for money.

A Through Pass to the 'In' and 'Out' Camps of the EU Referendum Debate

Λάμπρος Φάτσης | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Λάμπρος Φάτσης

The aftermath of the referendum will hardly bring a descent into biblical darkness. What it will indicate however is what and how we thought during our vote, and it is our responsibility to contend with that with courage and reflection, not timidity and deflection.

Labour Will Stand Solidly Behind a 0.7% Aid Budget

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

If this government were to use its power to ban such unjust practices and address inequality at its core, it would boost developing nations' public finances, which could be spent by their governments on their own sustainable development. But until that day, the Labour Party stands solidly behind maintaining 0.7%.

Drought Through the Eyes of a Child

Cate Heinrich | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK
Cate Heinrich

Something was wrong when the doctor led me into the children's room at Guija Hospital in Gaza Province, southern Mozambique. What struck me was the stillness. From my previous job as a primary school teacher, the one thing I know is a room of children is never usually this quiet.

Coffee - How Our Caffeine Addiction Is Bad for the Planet

Steve Backshall | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Steve Backshall

We can individually take responsibility for our own actions, but to make big changes decisions need to be taken on a national, continental and even global scale. If the big coffee companies are going to make billions out of our legal addiction, they need to be forced to clean up the mess that's left afterwards.

Kick-off Time for Euro 2016

Lord Bassam | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Bassam

Later this week, and elsewhere in France, EURO 2016 will kick off. One thing we know for certain is that wherever you are from in the world, there is a fair chance you'll like football. With this in mind and to mark the start of the tournament, my wife Jill and I will dedicate our weekend to bringing some practical support and hopefully a bit of fun to those young refugees.

High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS - Where's the UK?

Diane Abbott | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

At the last High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2011, the coalition government sent a delegation led by Minister Stephan O'Brien. But sadly, this time round, no minister from the UK Government will attend. In addition, the Department for International Development (DFID), the lead department for this UN meeting, is not planning to send a senior member of staff either. In the context of a meeting that is expected to be well attended by ministers and even presidents from some countries, this sends a bad message about the importance the UK places on a successful High Level Meeting.