Members of Syria Solidarity UK alongside Peter Tatchell, interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's speech on human rights today, because we believe that Syria is the number one human rights issue of the moment. The Labour Leader has been conspicuously quiet on the issue; and we wanted to remind him that this is the time for action, not words.
Today is Human Rights Day. It marks the close of 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls. And it's also two weeks since the first Women's Equality Party conference, where I was honoured to share the stage with women who came to tell their stories and to shape a better future where human rights also means women's rights.
The outgoing UN Special Rapporteur believes there is a "lack of awareness" around the world about the importance of freedom of religion or belief, and that the full scope of this basic human right is "often underestimated". On this International Human Rights Day it is time to change that.
It's time for Ministers to get out of their grand offices, leave the ministerial car behind and come and see how difficult they will make it for thousands of Glaswegians to get to the Job Centre. Perhaps then they will see the damage they will inflict and think again on this extraordinary attack on Scotland's largest city.
It's not just Britain which has had a tumultuous year. I've taken a look at Ipsos' research across Europe and found 10 things which each tell us something about how 2016 felt to our European neighbours - as citizens, voters, consumers, employees ... or holidaymakers.
Around the world, millions of people are wrongfully robbed of basic human rights. The crime of modern slavery does not only go against the more obvious right to life and liberty, but in fact seeps its way across the entire spectrum of rights.
So let us be careful about the use of words. Let us accept our differences and our disagreements. We are all motivated by what we believe is best for the people of Britain, whether we voted remain or leave. Time will tell. Assigning ulterior motives to people because they are foreign-born or of foreign origin is not fair, it is divisive and dangerous. It is not cricket.
Reform of the Buy to Let market needs to go hand in hand with a bigger strategy for Build to Rent so that secure, stable, good quality homes are available to those who need stable, comfortable, affordable homes.
When that fails, what will the Government do then? It will do a Mugabe, rip up all the banknotes and start again with a new form of currency. What could possibly go wrong?
A shift from celebrity leadership to servant leadership will position politics and organisations to face into the future not into the past; to tackle the known and as yet unknown challenges that lie ahead in the 21st Century.
With countless quintessential memes of Joe Biden and President Obama's bromance plastered all over the Internet, America's commander in chief for the past eight years has been met with exceeding popularity to run for Presidency in 2020.
When sanctioned, people are thrown from having little income into having none at all. Hunger, homelessness and impacts on people's health inevitably result. The country has already been shamed at the UN, in film, and in Parliament. What will it take before we live up to our tradition of fairness and due process?
1. Carry a 'mastered English' certificate ready to dish out, whenever required. If that requires rummaging through boxes in parents' lofts to find primary school spelling tests, just do it. You need to prove that you can pass an ESOL test, even if you snuck in an English A-Level or degree.
When everything around us seems to be going backwards, moving forwards is often furthest from our minds but this is the time to be positive about what we can do, not negative about what we can't. We need to ensure we're doing more than sprinkling glitter on a turd - our next moves are vitally important for the future of mankind. Hysterical? Nope, essential.
But we have come too far to go backwards. We have woken to the notion that consent and respect must be entrenched in the way we treat both girls and boys from the very beginnings. And whether it is in media, in schools, in our homes, or on the streets, we must all speak out loudly against the small, 'harmless' transgressions that ultimately put women at risk. We must not return to slumber.
Transitions to adulthood are a vital area where much more needs to be done. There is very little information on whether children find it easier to work in certain professions (for example ones where routine and structure is required). Only by learning more about how autistic children do later in life can we make sure that their education is sufficiently tailored to maximise the chances of them entering the workplace successfully. Only a combination of more resources, more dedication, more support and more understanding will help ensure that every autistic child lives a life worth living.
The government must tell Parliament what they aim to achieve. Parliament must be allowed to do its job in scrutinising that. And the people ultimately must be allowed to have their say on the final deal reached. Surely that is what "taking back control" was all about.
So I cannot vote for a motion that supports the government's Brexit timetable. We have heard time and time again from the Brexit Secretary, that "there will be no running commentary" on the Government's Brexit plans. But in reality we have had a running commentary of sorts - just not one that has been willingly provided by the Government.