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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.

A Tide of Violence and Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Sitting on a park bench in the center of Erbil, northern Iraq with two local Kurdish men, I'm deep in conversation about violence against women. My long-standing work on women's rights with my charity Project Monma has brought me to northern Iraq twice now.

Why Soccer Aid Is So Much More Than a Celebrity Football Match

Lily Caprani | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Sport
Lily Caprani

Over the years Soccer Aid has raised over £17million for Unicef's work for children in danger. This year, the UK government will match every penny raised through the event, meaning we'll be able to provide even more children like those in Ethiopia suffering from malnutrition with the support they so urgently need.

Let Refugees Learn: David Cameron Must Act Now

Stephen Hale | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Hale

The government must act now to ensure that those refugees that arrive here, having fled unimaginable horrors, are given the English classes they need to start rebuilding their lives and integrate within our communities.

University of Jihad

Deeyah Khan | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Deeyah Khan

We cannot leave vulnerable young men open to the exploitation of extremists, both for our own security, and their own wellbeing. If we simply see prisons as warehouses, designed to confine, then we should not be surprised if extremists see them in a similar way - as places where they can collect damaged young men for their jihads, and their crusades, wholesale.

Why Afghanistan Still Needs Foreign Aid

Subrata De | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Subrata De

Without outside help, things would be different. The fight for women's rights would falter; humanitarian assistance would be limited; access to education, healthcare, livelihoods support and employment would drop. Rural youth, who we have helped into work, would potentially be free to join opposition groups. The road to democracy and security would be compromised.

Sex Workers Have the Right to Be Free From Violence, Abuse, and Discrimination - Just Like Anyone Else

Kerry Moscogiuri | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Kerry Moscogiuri

Essentially today, we are acknowledging that sex workers have the right to be free from violence, abuse, and discrimination. Just like anyone else. To accompany the policy's launch, we have also published four new reports looking at the plight of sex workers in Argentina, Hong Kong, Norway and Papua New Guinea. Overall the reports come to the same conclusion. Governments must do much more to protect sex workers from abuse. And criminalisation of sex work contributes to the denial and abuse of their human rights.

After London's Bitter Mayoral Campaign, It's Time to Clear the Air

John Sauven | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
John Sauven

For every person killed in London by a traffic accident, nearly a hundred are killed by low air quality. Imagine if that was reversed, if London's traffic was killing ten thousand people a year through collisions, would we still accept it as the price of urban living? How many thousands of deaths would we tolerate if we could see them happening on our streets?

South of Syria

Baroness Suttie | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Suttie

With the prospect of further fighting in Aleppo the number of refugees trying to enter Jordan is likely to increase yet again this summer and with the best will in the world there are limits to any country's elasticity.

My Biggest Hope for the World Humanitarian Summit

Diane Abbott | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

My biggest hope for the World Humanitarian Summit is that resources are allocated to support grass roots women-led organisations, which have been shown to have the greatest impact in delivering both safety for the women of the global south and prosperity for their communities.

Amnesty Poll: The Public Really Isn't Buying All the Anti-Refugee Political Rhetoric

Naomi Westland | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Naomi Westland

It will have come as no surprise to anyone who's been involved in grassroots solidarity with refugees that a new Amnesty poll, published yesterday, has found overwhelming support among the British public for people fleeing conflict and persecution. Over three quarters of British people would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, the survey results show, and 70% say the government isn't doing enough to help.

A British Bill of Rights Is a Threat to the Absolute Ban on Torture

Sonya Sceats | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Sonya Sceats

The Queen's speech suggests that the government is sticking to its plan, in which case we must remain vigilant to stop any backsliding on the absolute ban on torture and other universal rights through political sleights of hand.

Georgia Is on the Wrong Side of History

Levan Asatiani | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Levan Asatiani

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and many in Europe have a lot to celebrate... Over on the eastern edge of the continent, however, things have been heading quite a contrary direction this year.

Why's Everyone Talking About Idaho and Hobbits Again?

Claire House | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Claire House

Over the past quarter of a century, great progress has been made on LGBT rights worldwide. 40 countries have decriminalised homosexuality and over 30 have outlawed homophobic hate crimes. Over 60 countries now legally protect LGBT people at work and 15 recognise same-sex marriages. But huge challenges remain

The Time Will Come When I Die - But I Pray I Will Live Until My Natural Death

Abdul Basit | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Abdul Basit

I am in pain. I have been in pain ever since I became ill with tubercular meningitis in prison in 2010, which left me paralyzed. Ever since then, I have not been able to move from the waist down - I cannot even go to the toilet myself, and need medicine every day. I am dependent on others for everything, and it's very difficult... I have a faith, and believe everything is written in destiny, so when the time will come I will die - nobody can stop it. But I still pray that everything will be alright - I will not be executed, but will live until my natural death.

Nepal, One Year On

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

These children are unlikely to forget what happened one year ago. Their faces are the faces of children who have had to grow up too fast. If we act now, there is hope that children like Ashmiti and her friends could have positive futures that aren't defined by the events of last spring.

In Liberia, the Scars of Ebola Are Everywhere - But There Is Hope Among the Hardship

Lizzie Lake | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Lizzie Lake

One year on from the end of Ebola, life in hot, dusty Dolo's Town is still fragile and hard. The legacy of this vicious disease will be felt for years to come. The pain and grief is still tangible, but there is a cautious op-timism that, with the right investment and support, things are starting to look up.

There Is No Migrant Crisis

Alex Scrivener | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Alex Scrivener

It's time for us to reassess what we currently think of as a migrant crisis. What we face is a crisis of war, poverty and inequality. And free movement, far from being the problem, is part of the solution. Indeed, it's time to begin the fight for free movement for everyone, whether they be rich or poor. This may sound idealistic, but the alternative, the continuation of the unfair and cruel status quo, obligates us to at least begin to build a different kind of world.

Ebola's Gone but Sierra Leone's Health System Is on Its Knees

Heenali Patel | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

The rows of white tents that used to house patients at the Ebola Treatment Centre in the Moyamba District of Sierra Leone have been disinfected and taken away, and the smell of smoke and chlorine that once filled the dusty air has faded... This time last year, the centre was on the frontline of the fight against Ebola.

Students At This University Are Being Forced To Study Exorcism

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students in Spain have been enrolled on a compulsory course about exorcism. The University College of Barberan and Collan has invited a priest to prov...