Nov 1 2016 2:53PM
More to this than meets the eye
As a young girl living in the UK in the Eighties, I was an avid viewer of Miss World beauty pageants. It’s indeed hard for me to admit this as a passionate feminist. But it was a fact. The reason was because it was one of those rare oc...
Aug 25 2016 3:25PM
What women wear: a constantly fashionable debate
A few years back I blogged about a woman in Sudan who was at risk of being flogged for wearing trousers . The case of Mrs Lubna Hussein hit the global news headlines as many couldn’t believe that a woman could be flogged, fined or jail...
Apr 14 2016 12:02AM
Time to #BringBack the attention to the Chibok girls
Imagine you’ve been taken. You hear that millions of people know you’ve been kidnapped. The wife of the President of the United States has demanded your return. World leaders are meeting to talk about your abduction and how to get you...
Jun 3 2015 2:15PM
Fighting war crime with war crime: murder in north-east Nigeria
A new report released by Amnesty today reveals a catalogue of wide scale horrors: including how more than 8,000 people have been murdered, starved, suffocated and tortured to death. Boko Haram, you may think? Not this time. This time,...
Mar 27 2015 4:50PM
My memo to Nigeria's next president: you must prioritise human rights
As tens of millions Nigerians prepare to cast their vote for their next president, my message to the winner of these elections is this: make human rights your top priority. For too long, 'human rights improvements' seem to have lingere...
Mar 13 2015 6:33PM
Human rights news of the week - 13th March
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Jan 12 2015 1:49PM
Why aren't world leaders linking arms in Abuja? #BagaTogether
Like many others I was glued to my TV screen for the greater part of Sunday inspired by France’s determined call for unity and for free speech. One image that jarred for me though, was the powerful, but controversial image ( controvers...
Nov 12 2014 11:27AM
Journalists: "No longer on the frontline, we are the frontline"
I was chatting with my friend at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House when both of our phones suddenly beeped with Twitter alerts. She checked her phone, looked up and said, “I can’t believe they’ve killed Steven Sotloff . They’ve beheaded...
Jul 1 2014 6:01PM
The minefield of women's apparel
Deciding what I want to wear for any given occasion can be a tricky affair. Is smart casual the same as eveningwear? And does it include a light blue dress with small flowers - or is that strictly a cocktail dress? And is it the empire...
Mar 12 2013 10:11AM
The grave reality of an uncontrolled arms trade
The uncontrolled flow of arms devastates millions of lives and decimates communities.... It’s so easy to become desensitised to the true horrors of armed violence when we hear immense numbers like millions and thousands. It becomes pos...
Mar 5 2013 1:34PM
Dying to get a strong arms trade treaty
With less than two weeks to go before all the world's governments meet again to thrash out the details of an arms trade treaty, the Metro’s In-focus piece rightly claimed that the fact we have no arms trade treaty is simply ‘bananas’....
Feb 5 2013 2:03PM
It's time for Nigeria to police its police
One day in May last year, a man called Goodluck had gone to bathe at a communal well at Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt. According to witnesses, while he was there armed police entered the Wharf, police went to the well and shot him de...
Feb 1 2013 5:22PM
Beyond the headlines - some of the horrifying accounts from Mali
When we simply glance at news reports on Mali to keep up with current affairs, it’s easy to miss the horrific consequences of this conflict. The casual observer may note for example that President Hollande is heading to Mali and that t...
Jan 24 2013 11:34AM
The country where 'looking gay' and drinking Bailey's Irish Cream can get you jailed
If you’ve ever been wronged, the first thing you’ll probably want to seek is justice. In fact the law courts and the criminal justice system as a whole are generally seen as the last great bastions of the rule of law in any society. So...
Jan 17 2013 5:33PM
To intervene or to not intervene? That's the Mali question
Across dinner tables and in column inches, the debate has raged over whether France and other western powers should intervene in the deepening conflict in Mali, as Islamic insurgents gain ground across the country. The Daily Telegraph...
Dec 12 2012 2:35PM
Mayfair may trump Banana Island. But how does Old Kent Road compare to Makoko?
Last night I checked my calendar and discovered that there are literally two weeks before Christmas Day, and I have so far bought the sum total of zero Christmas presents and zero cards. I don’t know how it happens, but each year Chris...
Nov 9 2012 10:35AM
Tortured to death for posting on Facebook?
Each time Sattar Beheshti clicked the 'submit blog' button, he knew that he was playing jeopardy with his life. Yes, he used a pseudonym - as most do bloggers. But he also knew that it would not take much for the Iranian authorities to...
Nov 1 2012 9:16AM
Caught between Boko Haram and the Nigerian security forces - a bitter cycle of violence
For most Nigerians and keen observers of African affairs Boko Haram has become a household name. And not for good reasons. Through bombings, suicide attacks and shootings, the group has attacked churches, schools, government barracks -...
Oct 30 2012 4:06PM
Sandy storms the States, but what about Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti…?
So at this morning’s news meeting my colleague Niluccio asked a very salient question: 'If a lamp-post falls through a person's house in Jamaica and no one hears of it, did it really happen?' Now there’s a question! You may well be won...
Oct 9 2012 5:48PM
Dan Jones - our true Local Hero
I’d always thought so. Pretty much everyone who’s ever worked with him thinks so. Now – thanks to the Pride of Britain – millions of others will discover this: Dan Jones is definitely one of London’s finest Local Heroes. “Rebellious, c...
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