Stop the demolition of Kahn Al-Ahmar school, say MEPs

Brussels, 25 April 2018. MEPs release a statement to urge the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union to urgently request that the Israeli authorities lift the threat of demolition against the school in the bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar. Continue reading

One in Five EU Doctors Plan to Leave the UK

There is growing evidence that an exodus of EU migrants from the UK after Brexit will have a negative impact on the staffing of the NHS. Government data and other research show that many EU migrants are already leaving their jobs in the NHS or have plans to leave in the near future, either returning to their Member State or to take up positions in other parts of Europe where they feel welcome. Continue reading

Statement: Solidarity with Gaza

Manchester PSC (Palestinian Solidarity Campaign) held a vigil in the city centre on 3rd April 2018 after the actions of Israeli security forces resulted in the deaths of 18 Palestinians and injured up to 1000 more protesters. Dispossessed people who are peacefully protesting should not become the victims of deadly violence from security forces. Continue reading

Indegenous People of Biafra: African Commission for Human and People's Rights asks for provisional measures

IPOB Manchester have indicated some positive news for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). On 8th March 2018, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights requested that the Nigerian Government implement provisional measures in accordance with the rules of the Commission. The measures request that the Nigerian government withdraw from any further actions against IPOB ‘so as to avoid irreparable damage,’ to both the IPOB leader and its members. Continue reading

Varna Summit: EU leaders should urge President Erdogan to deliver on rights

Jailing of journalists and critics has no place in EU-Turkey relations Continue reading

The EU should reconsider its relationship with Bahrain's Ombudsman

On March 20, Julie sent a letter to the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, raising her concern on the judicial harassment that targets Sayed Ahmed's family. Sayed Ahmed is a preeminent London-based Bahraini human rights defender. In her letter, Julie also asks the EU to reconsider its relationship with Bahraini institutions, particularly the Ombudsman. This institution has been complicit in widespread and systematic human rights violations by the Bahraini authorities, but is still considered by the EU as a trustworthy human rights watchdog in the country. Read the letter here

UCLAN Children Brexit Impact

The University of Central Lancashire has joined with other institutions, including the University of Liverpool to ask questions about the impact of Brexit on Children. The call for questions can be found here, while research done by the University of Liverpool can be found here and the continued call for answer's to these important questions can be found here.

2018: A Year for Change

STOP PRESS As we go to press with this newsletter the terrible situation of the Kurdish community in Afrin in Northern Syria is becoming much worse with Turkey using military force to kill peaceful civilians. The Kurds have been instrumental in the successful fight against Da’esh (or Isis) and an ally of the US and U.K. yet our government is still doing business with the fascistic President Erdogan, selling arms and military hardware in their desperate attempt for trade deals at any price. Please join with me and others in calling for Theresa May to take an ethical stance against Erdogan’s regime. If not we face a further humanitarian disaster with many more refugees fleeing Syria. Continue reading

The EU signs Treaty that enhances rights of blind and visually impaired people

It is the right of everyone to fully participate in culture. Persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled continue to face many barriers in accessing books and other print material which are protected by copyright and related rights. Continue reading

Statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018

I am Julie Ward, a British Labour Member of the European Parliament representing the North West of England. I apologise for not being able to be with you today at this important event, especially as I am the proud President of Greater Manchester Stand Up To Racism Continue reading