Out of the Closet and Across the Border: LGBT+ Refugees Fleeing Afghanistan

Image by Ian Taylor on Unsplash By Brigid Rawdon Content warning: Homophobia, death penalty, sexual assault  In August of 2021, the Taliban, an extremist armed militant group regained control of the nation of Afghanistan. The group had been driven out of power following the invasion by the American military in 2001. However, after American troopsContinue reading “Out of the Closet and Across the Border: LGBT+ Refugees Fleeing Afghanistan”

Economic Sanctions Hurt People, not Governments

Image by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash By Kathy Dimaya In response to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, sanctions on Russia have been a heated topic for several weeks. A closer look at the agenda, history, and context of these sanctions will demonstrate that regardless of the hopes and intentions of the US, UK,Continue reading “Economic Sanctions Hurt People, not Governments”

Confronting the UK’s Human Trafficking Crisis

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unspash  By Anna Videbaek Smith Bilkisu was only 15 when she left her homeland of Nigeria behind. She had read of England, of course, but had never dared believe that she could one day trek the hilly fields of Hertfordshire like an Austenian heroine. Then a phone call from herContinue reading “Confronting the UK’s Human Trafficking Crisis”

President Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine: The UK Government Must Act Now

Image by Karollyne Hubert on Unsplash The Protocol Committee  There is no doubt that you are already aware of the recent invasion of Ukraine by President Putin and Russian government forces. This invasion is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, as well as an attack on human rights and a peaceful democratic way of life. ItContinue reading “President Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine: The UK Government Must Act Now”

Polite protest: fundamental rights, the British way

Image by Markus Spiske on Unsplash By Maya Zealey “Democracy is not something that you believe in, or something that you hang your hat on. It’s something that you do, you participate. Without participation, democracy crumbles and fails.” This is a quote from Abbie Hoffman, a controversial activist who rose to prominence protesting America’s involvementContinue reading “Polite protest: fundamental rights, the British way”

Waiting to Drown: The Living Crisis

Photography by Tom Parsons on Unsplash.  By Jack McGrath  Despite apparently infinite sleaze and deceit, the ‘Great’ British government somehow slouches on, its thin veneer of shame sufficient to stave off collapse. (Each week that veneer takes a slightly different form – one-week complete disregard, another week half-hearted apology, and, in yet another, it nearlyContinue reading “Waiting to Drown: The Living Crisis”

Tackling violence against women and girls in the UK: is a misogyny hate crime bill part of the solution? 

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash By Louise Palmer  Content warning: Violence against Women and Girls/ Sexual Assult When asked to think about Human Rights, it is common for people to picture places and situations that are distant or far removed from their everyday lives. However, this perception is deeply misleading as Human RightsContinue reading “Tackling violence against women and girls in the UK: is a misogyny hate crime bill part of the solution? “

The Tenuous Relationship between Laïcité and Islam in France

Image By Ji-Elle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  Written by Ella Watharow France is home to over 5 million Muslims, which is the largest Islamic minority in Europe. It also has a uniquely strict policy of secularism, referred to as “laïcité”. Drenched in centuries of conflict, the policy has highlighted the friction between publicContinue reading “The Tenuous Relationship between Laïcité and Islam in France”

Far-Right Nationalism and the Persecution of Minorities

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash By Teia Swan Over the past several years, the world has witnessed what can best be described as a global shift towards far-right nationalism, characterized by the otherization of minority groups such as immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ people. These ideologies have become prominent in nations such as the United States and Brazil,Continue reading “Far-Right Nationalism and the Persecution of Minorities”

The Future of Assisted Suicide in the UK

Image taken from Flikr By Ella Watharow You may have heard of the tragic case of Tony Nicklinson, who was left with Locked-In Syndrome following a stroke in 2005, when his life became a “living nightmare”. In 2012, the High Court rejected Tony’s appeal to legally end his life, at which point he began toContinue reading “The Future of Assisted Suicide in the UK”