Category: Human Rights

2017 has brought with it a plethora of political change. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called and won a controversial referendum to extend his power over the state, and Theresa May formed a minority government with the DUP. With such...

Protests in the forms of marches have always been an important method of expressing dissent. I have a lot of respect for people who (sometimes literally) put their lives on the line to stand up for a cause that they believe in, but marches are not accessible to or practical for everyone. For people who can’t or don’t...

The phrase “falling on deaf ears” is an awful and ableist one, but frankly what the disabled community experience, what I experience, is much worse. It’s not that people cannot hear what is being said; they don’t want to. They can’t be bothered to. No matter how much I raise my voice, no matter how much my disabled...

There are backroom deals between the Tories and the DUP, who staunchly oppose a woman’s right to choose. The Handmaid’s Tale has been the biggest television hit this summer, depicting a world where women are stripped of all personal freedoms. Our reality and our fiction leave lingering fear over autonomy. Yet one...

Since 2010, Britain has, in one form or another, had a Conservative government. In that time, the most vulnerable in our society have suffered. Below, I have outlined a selection of reasons as to why I implore you to vote tactfully to remove the Conservatives from power on June 8th.   Disability I’d like to start with...

There is power in the stories we tell; the stories we tell matter. The impact that a story, a character, or an artist can have on a person’s life can’t be stated enough. Music. Theatre. TV. Film. Books. No matter the medium, telling or listening to a story can not only be an outlet, but a lifesaver. Being surrounded...

Recently we saw the gathering of around 2000 people at Monument in Newcastle City centre, to protest the recent actions of Americas new president Donald Trump. Trump recently signed executive orders that means citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are barred from entering the USA for 90 days, as well as...

I’ve been upset about Trump since he was voted in. I’ve been in near-incoherent outrage and disbelief every single day since his inauguration. And this weekend, after the #MuslimBan is threatening to split up families (even those of knights and Olympic gold champions), condemn refugees, detain five-year-old children...

2016 has been defined by many things: Brexit, Donald Trump, police brutality… but nothing more so than the refugee crisis. According to UNHCR, the amount of people fleeing their homes per second has quadrupled in the past decade. That’s 24 people per second. The conflict in Syria has given rise to the already shocking...

In the summer of 2015, I was an unemployed graduate who had moved back home to a small town in the North East of England. My hometown, and the surrounding small towns, had been wracked by the closure of the Redcar steelworks and a lot of the companies that fed to and from the busy industry that once put the North East...