Journalists at independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta are in grave danger, after they exposed reports of the shocking treatment of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya, a Russian Republic in the North Caucasus. Leading Chechen authorities have since publicly called for the journalists to be punished. The paper has voiced fear for the safety of its staff. Continue reading
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The Festival of Cruelty
Thousands of dogs and cats, many of them stolen pets, are captured and transported over long distances under horrific conditions to Yulin, a city in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region. There, they’re held in crowded cages without food or water until they are brutally killed. Often, they are beaten and their throats are slit in front of other terrified animals. Most Chinese citizens reject this practice, and we’re committed to supporting them in ending the festival.
It’s a fact: everyone wins when girls and women access a full education. Educated girls and women are shown to have better maternal health and they are better equipped to raise healthier and more educated children.
And when a country increases its number of women educated through the second grade by 1%, it also raises its annual per capita economic growth by 0.3%.
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Sexual violence in conflict and emergency zones is a serious, present-day atrocity affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls. It has long been used as a tactic of war and employed on a large scale by armed groups to humiliate opponents, terrify individuals and destroy societies.
- Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
- Sexual violence was a characterizing feature of the 14-year long civil war in Liberia.
- In the Democratic Republic of Congo approximately 1,100 rapes are being reported each month, with an average of 36 women and girls raped every day. It is believed that over 200,000 women have suffered from in the Democratic Republic of Congo since armed conflict began in the country.
Whether the next UK Prime Minister is Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, or Tim Farron – the impact of the new government will have ripple effects not just in Britain, but worldwide.
For the last year, some of the media’s most powerful voices have been criticising the UK’s compassion and generosity. As children flee bombs in Syria, starve in Yemen, and suffer the unjust effects of poverty worldwide, the Daily Mail calls the UK’s international aid budget “bloated”, “obscene”, and “madness”. Now is the time to speak up.
And here is just one reason why: “When I was 8 months pregnant, he punished me… he took me up to the pond and forced me into the water up to my neck. It was freezing cold. Then he bandaged all my joints, my knees and elbows, in old cloths and beat them with a hammer.”
This is Rekha’s story. As a woman in Bangladesh, she experienced abuse and violence in her marriage – until our international aid budget helped her break free. Attending a local women’s rights group – part-funded by UK aid – Rekha escaped the cycle of abuse and now leads other women to do the same.
I believe that whoever is in power after 8 June must protect our aid budget, and the impact it has for women like Rekha. Continue reading
Force-fed. Poisoned. Left to die.
Just imagine, for a moment, the awful reality of life for animals languishing in Britain’s laboratories. The pain; the suffering; and, surely, the wish that it would just stop now.
In 2015, researchers in Britain completed 4.14 million experiments using live animals. Let’s face it, animals in laboratories need all the help they can get.
Sherwood forest, home to ancient trees, rare wildlife and Robin Hood is in danger. A huge energy company, Ineos, is trying to get permission to explore underneath it for gas. Britain’s most famous woodland could soon be filled with lorries, heavy machinery and explosions. Continue reading
Admin note: Child pornography IS child abuse, there is no other way to look at it. The children involved – children, who cannot give their consent to sexual acts, and may have been coerced, forced or drugged – are abused, molested and raped for the entertainment of others. Giving advice on hiding any crime is appalling, but giving advice on hiding a crime such as this is abhorrent and unacceptable. Continue reading