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Britain Imposes New Sanctions Over Human Rights Abuses

Britain imposed sanctions on a group of foreign nationals for alleged human rights abuses last week as part of a new post-Brexit rights regime that follows the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky Act. Following the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union in January, Downing Street regained the ability to individually impose sanctions, rather […]

The Embeddedness Of Institutional Racism In British Higher Education: David Starkey Resigns As Honorary Fellow Of Cambridge

The renowned British historian, David Starkey, was recently forced to resign from his position as honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University; a result of the appalling and racist views that he advocated regarding past colonial practices of the British Empire. Starkey’s controversial view of slavery resulted in widespread […]

A Meal Deal Over A New Deal? A View On The U.K. Chancellor’s Summer Statement

The U.K. Chancellor for the Exchequer Rishi Sunak yesterday unveiled a £30 billion pound summer economic package, in an attempt to help reboot the British economy during the Coronavirus pandemic. This so-called “mini-budget” includes a job retention bonus for employers after the government’s job retention scheme ends in October, a […]

Culture War Over Black Lives Matters and Statues Fuelling Britain’s Far-Right 1

Far-right groups in Britain have seen a resurgence in recent weeks in response to the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Sara Khan, Britain’s first counter-extremism commissioner, has said that far-right activists have spread white supremacist narratives and incited hate online by taking advantage of the BLM protests.  In June, […]

Scotland: First Country in the World to Include LGBT Education

Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to introduce LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons into the school curriculum. In 2021, all public schools will teach lessons about the LGBTQ+ community such as same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and HIV/AIDS epidemic. “Scotland is already considered one of […]

Britain Imposes Sanctions on Individuals Accused of Human Rights Abuses

On Monday the 6th of July, the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on a number of individuals accused of human rights abuses, including 25 Russian and 20 Saudi nationals. This is the first time that the United Kingdom has been able to impose asset freezes and visa bans independently – previously, […]

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Millions Of Hongkongers Now Able To Emigrate Easier Into The United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new rules allowing Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas passport to emigrate into the U.K., in retaliation to a new set of security laws imposed on Hong Kong residents that he deemed undemocratic and unfair. Under the new rules, Hong Kong […]

Global Anti-Racist Movements Attack Pillars Of Empire

COVID-19 – 2020’s fulcrum event – has inflamed decades of anger on racial inequality and injustice, triggered by the heinous murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department. Floyd’s death was the tipping point after a series of police murders of Black Americans in recent months. News of the […]

Tension Between Fallacy And Truth: The Case Of MP Rebecca Long-Bailey’s Departure From The Labour Party In British Politics

On June 25th, the U.K. Shadow Education Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, was requested to step down from her position by the leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer. Long-Bailey had retweeted an interview with British actress Maxine Peak on Twitter that included a statement claiming that tactics used by U.S. police forces […]

Protests Turn Violent In Britain: What Needs To Be Done Differently?

This past week, London experienced a clash of forces as Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and far-right groups took to the streets to defend their beliefs. The turmoil came a week after BLM supporters in Bristol, England targeted statues honoring those who upheld racist ideals, including that of Edward Colton, […]

Addressing The Reality Of Police Brutality In The U.K.

The murder of George Floyd by the Minnesota Police department on the 25th May 2020, sparked both nationwide and worldwide protests against racism and the ongoing crisis of police brutality. George Floyd’s tragic murder is tragically, and abhorrently, another example of how black people are failed by the very systems […]

Johnson Government To Politicise Aid In DfID Merger

The UK government has announced that the Department for International Development will be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the expectation that a new department will take their places in September this year. The new department, to be called the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will absorb […]

Yemen Is Hurtling Towards A Human Catastrophe – Appealing To Western Self-Interest Is The Only Way To Avert It

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has, this week, warned that 24 million Yemenis are in “a race against time” to survive. This comes as Yemen’s healthcare system is beginning to collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and UN aid to the country is running […]

Johnson Criticised For Merger Of DFID And Foreign Office

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been widely criticized for his decision, on the 16th of June, to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign Office. According to Johnson, the merger seeks to “integrate all the strands of [the U.K.’s] international effort” by collapsing “outdated and artificial” distinctions […]