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Jeremy Corbyn defends Shamima Begum's right to legal aid

Lawyers and human rights groups say she can challenge removal of her citizenshipJeremy Corbyn has joined lawyers and human rights groups in defending the right of Shamima Begum to be granted legal aid so that the east London teenager can challenge the decision to remove her UK citizenship.The Labour leader said that, whatever crimes Begum was accused of after she left the UK to join Islam State in Syria, she was entitled to proper legal representation. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Labour, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Legal aid, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Shamima Begum, Begum


End Bahrain’s persecution of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and his family | Letters

NGO representatives, lawyers and a cross-party group of parliamentarians call on the British government to act in defence of the UK-based human rights activistWe write to express our deep concern for the family of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD). Mr Alwadaei was granted refugee status in the UK in 2012 in recognition of the dangers he faced in Bahrain. While in London, Mr Alwadaei has continued to fight for the rights of torture victims and...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Protest, Law, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Bahrain, NGO, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy BIRD, Alwadaei


Dozens of Saudi military cadets trained in UK since Yemen intervention

FOI findings show majority of cadets have been training at Britannia Royal Naval CollegeDozens of Saudi officers have been trained at prestigious British military colleges since the Saudi intervention in Yemen that has seen the Gulf state’s forces accused of widespread human rights abuses.More than 40 Saudi cadets – including a dozen who came last year – have been training at Sandhurst, the RAF’s school at Cranwell and the Royal Naval College since 2015. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Royal Navy, Jeremy Hunt, Raf, Yemen, Gulf, Sandhurst, Royal Naval College, Cranwell


Britain could stop the war in Yemen in days. But it won’t | David Wearing

Support from the UK has enabled the world’s worst humanitarian disaster – this war is our warLast night’s Channel 4 documentary, Britain’s Hidden War, exposed the depths of the UK’s complicity in Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen. The testimony of various interviewees confirmed what I and other expert observers have been saying for some time: that Washington and London could have pulled the plug on the Saudi campaign at any point over the past four years.Under an arms deal signed by the New Labour...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Washington, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Yemen, New Labour, David Wearing


Eleven female Saudi activists appear in Riyadh court

Women are on trial for unspecified charges relating to human rights workEleven female Saudi Arabian activists have appeared in court in Riyadh for the latest hearing in their trial on unspecified charges relating to their human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats.Reporters and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the courtroom and escorted from the building despite petitioning the authorities to attend the trial, which has drawn sharp criticism in the west. Con...
Tags: Human Rights, Activism, Law, Saudi Arabia, Women, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Riyadh


'Serious' questions over SAS involvement in Yemen war

Minister promises to investigate report of firefight involving British personnel as claims swirl about child soldiers in Saudi-led forceThe foreign office minister Mark Field has promised to get to the bottom of “very serious and well sourced” allegations that British SAS soldiers have been injured in a firefight with Houthi rebel soldiers in Yemen.He was answering an urgent question asked in the Commons on Tuesday by the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, who suggested the Britons may ...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Emily Thornberry, Yemen, Sas, Mark Field


Geoffrey Cox accused of 'sitting on' corruption case

Attorney general’s office has taken a year to decide whether to prosecute Airbus subsidiary over deal with Saudi Arabia Related: Airbus launches internal corruption investigation after Guardian exposé Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, is under pressure to explain why his department has taken a year to decide whether to approve a corruption prosecution against a subsidiary of Airbus, the European aerospace group. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, Law, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Airline Industry, Airbus, Bribery Act, Geoffrey Cox


Charities condemn UK over refusal to endorse Gaza deaths report

Foreign Office said it could not support inquiry that failed to investigate role of HamasA coalition of UK charities has accused the British government of “a dereliction of responsibility” after ministers refused to endorse a UN-mandated commission of inquiry report into 187 deaths in Gaza that placed responsibility in almost all cases on the Israel defence forces.At a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Foreign Office instead abstained, saying it could not support an investiga...
Tags: Gaza, United Nations, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, World news, Charities, Society, Voluntary sector


Social workers can do so much more than just pick up the pieces

At its best, social work can break cycles of crisis, and help people change their lives and communitiesGuardian Jobs: see the latest vacancies in social care Too often, social services are designed as rotating doors. They focus on individuals in crisis who, when the symptoms of the emergency have eased, are sent directly back to the stressful situation that caused all the damage – a painful, costly and tragic cycle.There is little focus in formal social services on helping people to transform th...
Tags: Children, Drugs, Africa, Communities, Society, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Social Care, Bangladesh, Zambia, Society Professionals, Aids and HIV


UN plan for Syria should take priority | Letters

While there is no clear picture of what next for the situation inside of Syria, donors should not write blank cheques for reconstruction, writes Cafod’s Anne StreetThe third EU and UN conference being held in Brussels this week to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria has the optimistic title of “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” (Divisions over forced return of refugees to Syria expected at conference, 12 March).However, the future is bleak for millions of Syrians who fled the confli...
Tags: Eu, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Brussels, Cafod, Anne StreetThe


Netanyahu is right: Israel is a nation with no interest in equality | Amjad Iraqi

As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, I am subject to insidious discrimination that is enshrined by law – and no major party sees it as an issueAs a Palestinian citizen of Israel, it is a strange experience to watch your humanity become a subject of national debate between a prime minister and a model. Responding to criticism by the well-known Israeli actor Rotem Sela this week, Benjamin Netanyahu took it upon himself to declare, via Instagram: “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Gal Gadot, Reuven Rivlin, Sela, Rotem Sela


Surge in prosecutions of British jihadists 'may never happen' – DPP

Expectation that there could be hundreds of Syria returnees in court has not been realisedAn expected surge in the number of prosecutions of jihadist fighters returning home from Syria has failed to materialise and may never happen, according to the director of public prosecutions.Max Hill QC, who was formerly the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the expectation that there could be hundreds of cases going through UK courts after the collapse of the Islamic State “caliphate” ha...
Tags: UK, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, Sajid Javid, Dpp, Shamima Begum, Max Hill


Morocco drops case against Spanish activist who helped save lives at sea

Helena Maleno, who aided rescue of migrants, accused of colluding with traffickersA Moroccan court has abandoned proceedings against a Spanish human rights activist who had been investigated for supposedly colluding with people traffickers despite helping to save the lives of hundreds of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean.Helena Maleno and her Walking Borders NGO operate by fielding distress calls from people crossing from north Africa and passing on their locations to the Spanish coastg...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Africa, Spain, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Charities, Voluntary sector, Migration, Morocco, Mediterranean, Helena Maleno


MoD claim of one civilian death in Isis raids ridiculed

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence claim that the RAF killed only one civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as ludicrous and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It said 90% of ...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


MoD challenged over 'ludicrous' claim of one civilian death in Isis raids

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence’s claim that the RAF killed only a single civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as “ludicrous” and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It sai...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


My sister is in a Saudi jail. Her crime? Campaigning for women’s rights | Walid al-Hathloul

Our government claims Saudi Arabia is an open and tolerant nation. Its deplorable actions prove the very opposite is trueOn International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many achievements of women and stand together to demand equal rights. More and more people worldwide are speaking out against injustices and joining the fight for equality.My sister, Loujain, is one of these brave gender equality activists – and for that she is now in jail. She has dedicated her life to gaining basic women’s right...
Tags: Law, Saudi Arabia, Women, World news, Middle East and North Africa, International Women's Day, Loujain, Walid al Hathloul


RAF says it harmed just one civilian out of 4,000 enemy fighters in Iraq and Syria

Claim of almost completely avoiding civilian harm from airstrikes met with cynicism The Royal Air Force harmed just one civilian among more than 4,000 enemy fighters during just over four years of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Defence has said.The figures, provided by the MOD in response to a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), show that of the 4,315 individuals targeted by British airstrikes from September 2014 to January this year, 4,0...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, charity Action on Armed Violence AOAV


Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity

International criminal court asked to rule in case brought by 28 people who fled civil warSyrian refugees who fled to Jordan after being tortured and witnessing massacres have submitted dossiers of evidence to the international criminal court in a novel attempt to prosecute President Bashar al-Assad.Although Syria is not a signatory to the court, based in The Hague, lawyers in London are relying on a precedent set by the ICC in extending jurisdiction to the crime of forcible population transfers...
Tags: London, Law, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Bashar al-Assad, Jordan, Torture, Assad, Icc, The Hague, Bashar


Assad can still be brought to justice – and Europe’s role is crucial | Natalie Nougayrède

Some very motivated lawyers are working hard to put Syrian war criminals in the dock, and we can all play a partThe hope must be that criminal justice will one day close in on Syria’s murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad, his henchmen and his enablers. And on that front, there’s been some good news recently: the arrests in Germany and France of three Syrian intelligence officials suspected of torture were groundbreaking. This came on top of the issuance of warrants and the filing of dozens of crim...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Sweden, Law, France, Germany, European Union, World news, Syria, Austria, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Bashar Al Assad, Natalie Nougayrède


UN target of $4bn in aid for Yemen reliant on Saudi and US pledges

Dominant donors to record appeal to alleviate suffering of civil war will include countries leading aerial bombing campaignThe international community will gather on Tuesday to try to raise more than $4bn to help alleviate the suffering and famine caused by Yemen’s civil war, but will find itself heavily dependent on three combatants in the conflict – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the US – to reach its fundraising target for 2019.The $4.2bn (£3.2bn) target for 2019 – the largest sum...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Aid, Global development, Un, Geneva, Yemen


Shamima Begum says she regrets publicising desire to return to UK

19-year-old who left Britain to join Isis in 2015 fears talking to media may have harmed causeShamima Begum believes she may have inadvertently harmed her prospects of returning to the UK by drawing public attention to her situation.The British-born 19-year-old, who travelled from east London to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) in 2015 while still a schoolgirl, faces being stripped of her British citizenship in what some have described as a populist move by the home secretary, Sajid Javid. Con...
Tags: UK, Isis, London, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, UK News, Syria, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Sajid Javid, Islamic State ISIS, Shamima Begum, Begum


War doctor David Nott: ‘The adrenaline was overpowering’

As his book detailing his time volunteering in Sarajevo, Gaza, Syria and beyond is published, the NHS surgeon talks about what it takes to work in a war zone• Read an extract from David Nott’s book War DoctorWhat first inspired you to become a war doctor?Two things. The first was Roland Joffé’s film The Killing Fields, which had a huge impact on me when I saw it as a trainee surgeon. There is a scene in a hospital in Phnom Penh, overrun with patients, where a surgeon has to deal with a shrapnel ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, NHS, Gaza, Doctors, Autobiography and memoir, Phnom Penh, Sarajevo, Roland Joffe, David Nott


Shamima Begum citizenship decision sets a dangerous precedent | Letters

Naomi Wayne, Iain Forbes, Claire Tomalin, Sarah Eccleston and William Schabas give their views on the Isis recruit having her UK citizenship revokedThe basis for revoking Shamima Begum’s citizenship (Javid faces legal threat over Isis recruit’s citizenship, 20 February) could, potentially, apply to millions of other Brits if we behave in a way that the home secretary is satisfied “is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom”. Sajid Javid cannot legally make Begum statel...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Kingdom, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum


Shamima Begum's family hope to bring her baby to UK

Lawyer for family of 19-year-old who joined Isis in Syria is to ask her consent for planThe family of Shamima Begum are exploring legal and practical options to bring her baby son to the UK without her while she embarks on the potentially lengthy appeal against the removal of her British citizenship, the Guardian has learned.The lawyer representing the 19-year-old’s family is planning to travel to the refugee camp in Syria where she is living “as soon as possible” to set in motion the legal appe...
Tags: UK, Isis, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Syria, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Shamima Begum


I witnessed the purgatory of people trapped in Syria's Rukban camp | Marwa Awad

Constant hunger and thirst haunt those stranded in the desert, where escape means paying vast sums to smugglersBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


A dead dog as a playmate? The plight of children in Rukban is heartbreaking | Marwa Awad

I witnessed the constant hunger and thirst of those trapped in the remote Syrian desert, where aid rarely makes it throughBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


Shamima Begum and questions of responsibility – hers and ours | Letters

Readers give their thoughts on the east London schoolgirl who left the UK to join Islamic State and now wants to returnMany words have been spilled in discussions over whether Shamima Begum and her newborn child should, or should not, be allowed to return to UK to face justice (Let Begum’s case be a turning point, 19 February). We indubitably have a responsibility for her and can’t just remove her citizenship, though many would, no doubt, like to.However, in all of this debate, I have read littl...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Children, Islamic State, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Shamima Begum, Begum


Trump is right, UK must take back Isis fighters – ex-British army chief

Gen Lord Dannatt says British Isis fighters in Syria should face justice back homeA former head of the British army has said Donald Trump is right to say British Islamic State fighters held in Syria should be brought back to the UK because they are the UK’s responsibility.Gen Lord Dannatt said it was important they are seen to be treated fairly to help prevent others being radicalised and to set an example to the rest of the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, US news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, British Army, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Richard Dannatt, Donald Trump, Trump


The Observer view on Shamima Begum | Observer editorial

Whatever the risk this young Isis supporter may pose, she is Britain’s responsibility and we cannot afford to shirk itExploited victim or unrepentant villain? It’s impossible to determine the truth about Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old who left Bethnal Green in London when she was 15 to join Islamic State, from a single newspaper interview. And it shouldn’t be hard to acknowledge that more than one interpretation of her story might contain a ring of accuracy.Begum is undoubtedly vulnerable. She w...
Tags: London, Human Rights, Crime, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, UK security and counter-terrorism, Geneva conventions, Raqqa Syria, Bethnal Green, Shamima Begum, Begum


UK's Saudi weapons sales unlawful, Lords committee finds

Report finds UK arms ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’The UK is on “the wrong side of the law” by sanctioning arms exports to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and should suspend some of the export licences, an all-party Lords committee has said.The report by the international relations select committee says ministers are not making independent checks to see if arms supplied by the UK are being used in breach of the law, but is instead relying on inadequate ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, House Of Lords, Middle East and North Africa, War Crimes, Yemen, Arms trade, Yeme n'The UK



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