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Turkey Turned into an Open Prison

The arbitrary practice of seizing and revoking passports, or denying the issue of new ones for critics, opponents and dissidents, as well as for their spouses, children and relatives in Turkey by the government of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has turned at least half a million people into captives condemned to live in an open … Read more →

PositiveNegatives: Comics Working With Survivors For Human Rights

A panel from the comic “Abike”, artwork by Gabi Froden. Can journalism work in cooperation with the principles of art to produce stories of survival? That is the question a team of researchers and illustrators grapples with everyday at PositiveNegatives. Based in London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, PositiveNegatives is a small organisation that … Read more →

Animating Torture: A New Horizon In Human Rights Reporting

When telling stories of violence for mass audiences, we cannot always rely on text or audio to make an impression. If our goal is to build empathy and understanding between the viewer and the victims, visuals can help us achieve that. But when the subject we want to draw attention to is so potentially disturbing, … Read more →

Houthi Human Rights Violations in Yemen

Since 2014 Yemen has been the tragic theatre of a proxy war that has expanded across the backdrop of decades of modern history. The Houthis The Houthis are a tribal movement from Yemen based on the Zaydi sect of Shi’a Islam. This sect branched off during the Umayyad period in 740AD, at a time when … Read more →

Turkey: The Worst is Yet to Come

Events within two weeks of the election of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggest that the dire state of human rights violations in Turkey will continue to go from bad to worse, and that the worst is yet to come. After winning an easy victory in elections that were deemed neither free nor … Read more →

Syria: Human Rights, Peacekeeping and Modern Conflict

The concepts of human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of religious beliefs emerged from the ashes of WWII. Theoretically, we are living in peacetime and the actors involved in conflict zones are supposed to honour and uphold international law and human rights. But in reality, we are neither in peacetime nor are human rights … Read more →

Daphne’s Murder Reveals A Brutal Reality in Malta

Forbidden Stories launched ‘The Daphne Project’ on 17 April 2018. This means Jules and 44 other investigative journalists, many with experience at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, have been studiously scanning through the leads reputable Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was working on before she was killed. Firstly, the Project will continue … Read more →

End Child Recruitment in Central African Republic

Child Soldiers International travelled to the Central African Republic in May – a country where over 14,000 children have been recruited by armed groups since 2012 – to launch new initiatives helping communities, government and local organisations end this devastating practice. Since the mainly Muslim Séléka coalition seized power from President Francois Bozizé in 2013, … Read more →

UK: Identity Politics and Extremist Groups

On the cusp of taking the reins from the crestfallen former Home Secretary, Javid aims to move counter-terror policy away from hitting another major bump in the policy road. UK counter terror policies have come under considerable fire in recent years and have undeniably proven to be divisive. The final nail in the coffin for … Read more →

A New Start: Sponsoring A Refugee Family

The 28 February 2017 will forever be etched on my memory. On that day the most wonderful, resilient, inspiring family came into my life. As I stood at the arrivals gate at Gatwick Airport, minutes before they came through, I worried about how things would be. I already knew each of their names and ages … Read more →

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