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Sophia Akram

Akram is a researcher and communications professional with a special interest in human rights particularly across the Middle East and Asia.

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Palestinian hopes lie in US elections, not Israel's

17 September, 2019

Comment: Trump has emboldened Netanyahu's right-wing agenda. A change of leadership in US politics is needed to make a real difference for Palestinians, writes Sophia Akram.

Relaxing travel restrictions a 'bittersweet victory' for Saudi women

13 August, 2019

Despite Saudi reforms on women's rights, much of the kingdom's draconian gender-based laws remain intact, writes Sophia Akram.

There's a reason why burqa bans just don't work

05 August, 2019

Comment: The Netherlands is the latest country in Europe to have banned face coverings in public places. But these far-right appeasing bans are ridiculous and harmful, writes Sophia Akram

Muslim or not, Sajid Javid does not represent me

30 July, 2019

Comment: The appointments of Javid and Patel show that minorities can succeed in Tory Britain, but only in exchange for abandoning their kind, writes Sophia Akram.

The open secret of Jamal Khashoggi's murder

09 July, 2019

Comment: How can justice for Jamal Khashoggi be served, when an international climate of impunity prevails? asks Sophia Akram.

We need a citizens' committee on the arms trade

27 May, 2019

Comment: The model for the citizens' committee could be taken across the country, and become a powerful tool for opposing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, writes Sophia Akram.

Brexit or not, these EU elections matter. Here's why

08 May, 2019

Comment: The UK's historically low turnout in EU elections could be a boon for the populist right, writes Sophia Akram.

Voices That Shake! Developing creative responses to social injustice

08 March, 2019

The New Arab Meets: Farzana Khan, an award-winning youth worker tackling imbalance in society through an under-repped approach that hits intersections across gender, faith and sexuality.

The West's love affair with Saudi Arabia must end

07 September, 2018

Comment: The West must stop turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses and take a more harsh approach towards the kingdom, writes Sophia Akram.

Cracks in the wall: Beyond apartheid in Palestine/Israel

21 May, 2018

Book review: Ben White's refreshing analysis provides something that we should all want to hear: Israel could be losing at its own game, writes Sophia Akram.

The wrong story: Palestine, Israel and the media

01 May, 2018

Book review: Greg Shupak's new book is a highly relevant and necessary account of how the media is feeding us the wrong story on Israel and Palestine, writes Sophia Akram.

UK law needs a new definition of 'family'

01 February, 2018

Comment: If refugees are to 'integrate', they must be allowed to reunite with their families, writes Sophia Akram.

Sophia Akram
Sophia Akram

Akram is a researcher and communications professional with a special interest in human rights particularly across the Middle East and Asia.

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