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News from human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Peter Tatchell Foundation, Liberty

  • Local council relying on forthcoming Relationships and Sex Education guidance to better promote sexual health at Catholic schools
    St Helens Council has revealed that it finds it ‘very difficult’ to engage with local Catholic schools about sex education and hopes new statutory Relationships and Sex Education guidance will provide it with a platform to better work with the schools. The comments have been made this week in a report regarding ... (more)
    Source: Accord CoalitionPublished: 18-04-18By Paul Pettinger
  • Public oppose faith school admissions cheating
    A new YouGov survey has found that a majority of the public think it is ‘unacceptable’ for families to attend Church to get their child into a religiously affiliated school. The practice was considered ‘unacceptable’ by 56% of people, compared to 22% who viewed it as ‘acceptable’, meaning it is disapproved by ... (more)
    Source: Accord CoalitionPublished: 16-04-18By Paul Pettinger
  • “We just want to go home to live our own lives” – South Sudan Visit Report
    Children in Eastern Bank, a settlement of 50,000 people When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, it also inherited a legacy of violence, inequality and poverty. There was little accountability or justice for crimes committed during the previous war, and insufficient reconciliation to tackle unsolved tensions and grievances. Now in its ... (more)
    Source: Humanitarian Aid Relief TrustPublished: 03-04-18By Stephanie Heyden
  • Baroness Cox talks Syria in Parliament
    On 29th March 2018 Baroness Cox responded in the HoL to Lord Roberts of Llandudno’s motion that the House take note of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  Baroness Cox My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Llandudno, on securing this very important debate, and his very moving opening speech. Violations of ... (more)
    Source: Humanitarian Aid Relief TrustPublished: 01-04-18By Stephanie Heyden
  • Isle of Man Government urged to not further subsidise discriminatory schools
    The Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education has urged the Isle of Man Government to renegotiate its current proposal to co-locate a religiously discriminatory Church of England school on the same sight as an inclusive community school in a different area of Douglas, the Island’s capital. The plan has been justified ... (more)
    Source: Accord CoalitionPublished: 30-03-18By Paul Pettinger
  • Baroness Cox in Parliament: Oral question on Nigeria
    Yesterday, Baroness Cox raised the situation in Nigeria in the House of Lords, asking Her Majesty’s Government for their assessment of ongoing civilian attacks by Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen.  Baroness Cox To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Nigeria, with particular reference to ... (more)
    Source: Humanitarian Aid Relief TrustPublished: 27-03-18By Stephanie Heyden
  • Catholic schools told to discourage acceptance of transgendered people
    The Accord Coalition has urged that new statutory guidance on the teaching of Relationships and Sex and Education (RES) should require all schools to promote an acceptance of transgendered people following comments by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Speaking at a conference of Catholic school headteachers last month, ... (more)
    Source: Accord CoalitionPublished: 26-03-18By Paul Pettinger
  • Baroness Cox receives answers to her written questions regarding Syria and Sudan
    Baroness Cox (Crossbench) asked HM Government 4 questions regarding Syria and efforts to defeat Daesh (‘Islamic State’), as well as recent reports concerning the treatment of political detainees in Sudan. Answers have come from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative Minister of State). Question 1:  To ask Her Majesty’s Government what ... (more)
    Source: Humanitarian Aid Relief TrustPublished: 09-03-18By Stephanie Heyden
  • Statement on the 30th Anniversary of the Sumgait Pogrom
    On the 28th February, the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia released a statement to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Sumgait Pogrom. This is an annual event, remembered throughout Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian Diaspora.   Map showing the location of Sumgait (Sumqayit), the site of pogroms against ... (more)
    Source: Humanitarian Aid Relief TrustPublished: 07-03-18By Stephanie Heyden
  • Update from the Inspire Trustee Board
    The Trustees at Inspire are proud to confirm that Sara Khan, Inspire’s co-founder and CEO, has been appointed Lead Commissioner for the newly created Countering Extremism Commission.  This inevitably means that Sara must leave her post at Inspire but this appointment is well deserved recognition for the critical work that she has been doing at Inspire for over ... (more)
    Source: InspirePublished: 21-02-18By Yasmin
  • 10 years in Inspire gave me a first hand insight into how extremists operate in our country today
    As I wrote in my very first Inspire blog back in 2010, the reason why Inspire was created was borne out of a sense of sheer frustration.  In 2007, a small group of us as women activists met in Slough.  Recognising the reality of gender inequality in all aspects of ... (more)
    Source: InspirePublished: 21-02-18By Yasmin