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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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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.

Trump's UNRWA cuts hold Palestinians hostage

19 January, 2018

Comment: Ultimately, Netanyahu would like to see the UNRWA dismantled, and Palestinians denied their right of return, writes Sophia Akram.

It's time to get real about Yemen's death toll

29 December, 2017

Comment: There is no way of knowing the number of dead from Yemen's civil war, but it is likely to be much higher than official estimates, writes Sophia Akram.

Boris Johnson's Nazanin blunder is now one too many

07 November, 2017

Comment: Boris Johnson just ran out of free passes, he has zero use and is a potential menace to the Middle East, writes Sophia Akram.

Muslim by label and British by happenstance

06 July, 2017

Comment: A government report released this week pinpointed the counter-extremism Prevent programme as one of the main factors holding Muslims back, 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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