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Hundreds of protesters joined the Anti-Slavery March against the Libyan Slave Trade

Hundreds of protesters joined the Anti-Slavery March against the Libyan Slave Trade

International, Politics, slavery
Hundreds of protesters descended on the Libyan embassy in London on Saturday to demand the end of slave auctions in Libya. Demonstrators gathered outside the embassy in Knightsbridge around midday, brandishing placards emblazoned with the words “do not sell slaves” and then marched to Parliament Square. Protesters joining the march think slavery is contrary to African humanity. They hope they can raise the public’s awareness of the crime, as well as call on the UK government to put pressure on Libyan leaders to stop the illegal markets. [Video: Jasmine Zhao] UK-based NGO African Lives Matter have organized protests across different cities in the UK. The petition calling on the government to ‘put pressure on Libya to stop enslavement of Black Africans’ has got over 262,000 signature
Why Human Rights Day Is Important

Why Human Rights Day Is Important

Politics
A year long campaign to comemmorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights kicked off on Sunday for International Human Rights Day. https://twitter.com/ilo/status/939781745041223682 Organisations all over the world took to the internet and social media to salute the work done and highlight what is yet to be done. In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after the second World War. The document states all humans have undeniable rights regardless of "race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status". The document is the most translated in the world and is available in over 500 languages. Among the organisations who expressed themselves
London Stands Up Against Migrant Slave Trade

London Stands Up Against Migrant Slave Trade

International, London, Politics
Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of London to protest against the slave trade in Libya. Exploitation of migrants and refugees in Libya received international attention after a video was surfaced online of what looked like to be men being sold at auction. The world had just witnessed modern day slavery in the north African country.   CNN went to Libya to conduct an investigation to find out what was happening to the migrants and refugees. What they found was shocking—hundreds of people were being auctioned and sold for manual labour, for a price point starting at $100 USD– about £75. Thousands of Londoners took to the streets to march against the current crisis in Libya, chanting phrases like “no more slavery” and “slavery must end” as cars honked in traffic
Is UK’s arm trade backing Saudi’s war against Yemen?

Is UK’s arm trade backing Saudi’s war against Yemen?

International, London, Politics
Over the course of seven days in early September this year, over 100 activists were arrested for protesting and taking action against the DSEI arms fair. A court hearing at Stratford Magistrates Court on 7 December found Sam Hewlett, one of the protesters, guilty for passing racially motivated comments on a white police officer during the campaign.   Hewlett was a protester partaking in Stop the Arms Fair protest against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair. The protest was an initiative taken by Campaign against Arms Trade (CAAT) - a UK based NGO. The NGO has accused DSEI of being involved in licensing over £3.3 billion worth of arms, exported from Whitehall. The claim calls on the government to suspend all current licenses and stop issuing
May fails to reach agreement in Brussels

May fails to reach agreement in Brussels

brexit, DontUse, Politics
Despite today's talks between Theresa May and European figure heads, no agreement has been reached on the first stage of Brexit. Speaking in Brussels European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said it wasn't possible to reach a complete agreement today. UK PM Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker confirm UK and EU have not reached agreement on first phase of #Brexit deal https://t.co/UEqjIb9s51pic.twitter.com/vErjQpAZtG — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) 4 December 2017 Theresa May has said a lot of progress has been made, but some isssues do remain. With talks reconvening before the end of the week, the Prime Minister has said she was "confident we will conclude this positively". "On a couple of issues, some differences do rem
London To Host First Ever Global Disability Summit

London To Host First Ever Global Disability Summit

DontUse, Politics
Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, announced that London will host the first ever global disability summit next year.     The event will be hosted with the International Disability Alliance and the aim is to give those with disabilities ‘‘the opportunity to fulfil their true potential and help their countries prosper’’   During her first speech since becoming International Development Secretary, she announced she will bring together global leaders and technology companies to tackle barriers that prevent people with disabilities from reaching their full potential.  https://twitter.com/DFID_UK/status/937245037531770880 Mordaunt, who was appointed last month following the controversial departure of Priti Patel, said that disability inclusive
London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

Breaking News, International, London, London Mayor, Politics, Student
Nonprofit advocacy group London First has welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a “flexible visa system.” This will allow international students to work in the UK as they did before 2012. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to Westminster World their support of the Mayor’s position. The spokesperson Emma Hutchinson said: “There has been around 40 per cent drop in students coming here from India since the post-work study visas were scrapped. So, the way we look at it, is that the international students make huge contribution to the economy.” Mayor Khan urged the Prime Minister to allow international students to have the kind of visa she scrapped five years ago, according to ITV London. He tweeted saying: “Our current visa system is holding London’s businesses back. We need a new flexi
Is May bordering on a breakthrough on Brexit?

Is May bordering on a breakthrough on Brexit?

Breaking News, brexit, Politics
Theresa May is in Brussels meeting with top EU figures, hoping to finalise the first stages of Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with Jean Claude Juncker the European Commission president and Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council. UK's prime minister Theresa May meets European Council president Donald Tusk. #EUCO president said he was ready to present draft EU27 guidelines tomorrow for #Brexit talks on transition and future. But UK and European Commission asked for more time. pic.twitter.com/l82TKlZXK6 — Johan Dobbelaere (@ProductiehuisEU) 4 December 2017 The BBC are reporting that Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts told their political editor Laura Kuenssberg that the UK has made concessions with regards to the Irish boarder. The Democrati
Confidence is key: Preparing yourself against terror threats and assault

Confidence is key: Preparing yourself against terror threats and assault

Fitness, Politics, Terror
Recent terror scares in London and high level of assaults on the streets have resulted in self-defence classes booming with applications. The UK has seen a surge of terrorist attacks in the past year, which has resulted in the British government ranking the threat level as ‘SEVERE,’ according to the government website. There was also an approximation of 12 sex offenders caught in 2017 alone and recent report of a man suspected of 25 counts of attacks on woman and girls in London this past year. In circumstances like this and with threats coming from all angles—politically and personally—the people of London must be confident and know what to do during any act of violence that may come their way. One of the best ways to prepare in any threatening situation is to have knowledge and ski
Young Londoners are not aware of air pollution

Young Londoners are not aware of air pollution

Breaking News, Environment, Politics, Uncategorized
Despite campaigning by the Mayor and other groups, young Londoners in the congestion zone are not completely aware of air pollution. Air pollution is the significant cause of the premature death of nearly 9500 Londoners every year, according to a study published by King’s College London in 2015. Luke Gillham, 18, Eltham, admitted that air pollution is not really a big issue for him. He then added: “but obviously for certain people it is.” He said: “I’m threatened by it, but it’s not something I think about it. I don’t worry about air pollution which probably could be an issue itself. I’m not fully aware or anything like that.” He emphasised that it is not “that much issue” for him currently. However, Luke concluded that in case it gets worse, and is widely televised triggering the con