The Truth about Ukraine

Guest Contributor and Ukrainian Native Anna Tarasenko writes this telling and controversial piece on the falsities of the Ukrainian reality from her perspective…. As early as 5 years ago, responses to “I am from Ukraine”, would usually see me hear things like: “That’s part of Russia, right?” Ukraine as a country was unknown, despite gaining its independence some 25…

Who am I? The identity crisis

Annie Komarova reflects on her struggles with identity since leaving Ukraine in 2008 ‘Hey, you must be so excited to be going home tomorrow!’ I said enthusiastically as I stepped into Anna’s bedroom. She was returning home after a long first term at university. I could tell she was ready to go, she’d been talking…

“Dying with dignity?” Sorry, not if you’re poor

Health Editor, Hannah Overton, sheds light on an unjust end of life disparity…     My Grandmother was diagnosed with cancer on a Saturday. By the Monday, her husband’s birthday, she lay in a private room in Bristol’s Southmead hospital, begging God to end her life. For us, her family, watching her in agony was…

Situation in Syria: an internationally orchestrated crisis?

It is clear that the International Community has failed the Syrian people, but Omar wonders which part of the ‘International Community’ is most to blame? Another year has passed, and the situation in Syria remains critical. The worst refugee crisis since the second World War, the skyrocketing number of war crimes and human rights violations by…

Trapped in Iran: 275 days and counting

Anne Blanken, our Women’s Editor, launches our ‘2016: A Year in Reflection’ series as she recounts one of the most outrageous detentions of 2016… British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has fallen victim to an intricate and extended political ploy that has seen her human rights tested, abused, and disrespected. On April 3rd she was arbitrarily detained by…

Are you willing to #OpenToSyria?

Amnesty International has begun the campaign #OpenToSyria, in the hope that we can encourage governments to offer resettlement to some of the 3.8 million Syrian refugees currently residing in Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.  These refugees are failing to receive the care they desperately need. Amnesty has put a human face onto this crisis,…

Sri Lanka: a buried legacy of human rights abuse?

Sri Lanka. As an island of rich cultural magnetism and spectacular natural beauty, it is no surprise that this country thrives as a tourist destination. In recent years, the government has begun to welcome in visitors to its stunning, once off-limits northern shores and beaches for the first time. But these areas of astounding beauty…

Access to Education in the UK

PROBLEM FOR THE WORLD, PROBLEM FOR THE UK Education is an essential human right. Inherently, education allows us to exercise all our other human rights too. On the most drastic level of violation to this human right, many of us are aware of the fundamental inequalities that exist in access to education around the world,…

Slavery and Splendour: The Underbelly of Modern Qatar

‘A WATERSHED MOMENT’ In December 2010, Qatar won their bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. They have since embarked on a staggering US$100 billion infrastructure development program, which includes the construction of nine stadiums and 55,000 hotel rooms. Hassan al-Thawadi, chief executive of Qatar’s bid said: “Qatar 2022 can be a watershed moment.”…

Education in Palestine: the Vision and the Reality

Last week Palestinian human rights activist Mai Abu Moghli spoke of the significant gap between the vision and harsh realities of the educational system for schools in Palestine and life under Israeli occupation to UCLU Amnesty International Society and UCLU Friends of Palestine. Currently living and working in London, she is studying for her PhD…