With Brexit the Tories have made sure we all have egg on our faces

by Kiri Kankhwende   UK politics at the moment is characterised by a series of hostage situations and bad ideas. Depending on who you listen to, the Labour Party is either being held hostage by the UK’s thousands of communist sleeper cells or by Tories who got lost on the way Conservative Party Conference somewhere… Read More

Theresa May Might Become PM, but this is Not a Feminist Revolution

by Kiri Kankhwende  It’s almost a fortnight since the referendum and no one seems to have figured out what to do with all the control we took back yet, least of all the architects of Brexit. David Cameron, who risked the both the European Union and our own fragile one for the sake of Tory… Read More

Forget Labour’s List – There’s a Tally of Government Incompetence to Keep Track Of

by Kiri Kankhwende    You’ve probably heard all about Labour’s list, leaked to the Times, which ranks party MPs on a spectrum of supportive to hostile. On the face of it, it’s easy to understand why, even when you’ve won a resounding mandate from party members but a group of MPs seem hell-bent on undermining… Read More

The UK’s New Privacy Laws Will Have Profound Affect on People of Colour

by Maya Goodfellow The United Nations’ head of privacy described it as “worse than scary.” Former CIA employee, responsible for one of the biggest leaks in American’s history, Edward Snowden called it the “most intrusive and least accountable surveillance regime in the West.” Apple’s chief executive has warned it could have “very dire consequences.” Meet… Read More

Brutalising Black and Brown People: the UK’s hostile environment

By @graciemaybe Britain is under siege, the headlines tell us: foreigners are sneaking into Britain from “the Jungle” in Calais, taking British jobs; stretching Britain’s public services to breaking point; endangering Britain’s children with their excessive criminality. Time and again Parliament has tried its hand at placating the press and the public, and the policies… Read More

How much are you worth?

by Maya Goodfellow How much do you think you’re worth? It’s a hard question to answer but if you’re a migrant in the UK, originally from a country outside the EU, the government has done it for you. You’re worth nothing, unless you’re earning £35,000 or more. The government’s new immigration policy says it all:… Read More

Majid Ali’s case is a reminder that asylum seekers are routinely dehumanised in the UK

by Maya Goodfellow On Tuesday night the government deported Majid Ali, a student at Glasgow Central College. Despite a campaign to stop his extradition, Ali has been sent to his home country of Pakistan, where activists and SNP MP Chris Stephens say he’s in danger of ‘physical harm, and even death’. Sadly, Ali’s case is… Read More

Criminalising forced marriage: The risk of symbolic gestures

by Huma Munshi A young woman sits in front of the bank manager, her distress is palpable with tears streaming down her face; her voice comes out in desperate gasps. “Please don’t call the police; I can’t explain how awful things will get.” “They have broken the law, I have no choice.” He responds. “Please,… Read More

The Home Office has an ‘end of life plan’ for Asylum seekers

by Yasmin Gunaratnam I am not in the least legally minded. I become easily confused by the archaic jargon and machinery of our legal systems. This naivety aside, one thing has become clear as I have watched the situation of the asylum seeker and hunger striker Isa Muazu unfold over the past few weeks: with… Read More

Tracking the Police

Aaron Sonson recently won a Human Rights Award, why? Because he is one of the Co – Founders of the Stop & Search Mobile App, created to bring fairness and transparency to the Stop & Search procedure. Winners of Liberty Human Rights Close to Home Award 2012 Human Rights “Close to Home” Award Aaron Sonson,… Read More