Get serious about ending violence against women by ratifying the Istanbul Convention.
Scottish Member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, has backed the change.org campaign calling on the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.Read more
Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland that there will be stepped up monitoring of human rights abuses on refugees and migrants in Europe.Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has renewed his calls for the UK and EU to ratify the Istanbul Convention as the UN marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today (Wednesday).
IN this year, alone, at least four atheist bloggers have been murdered by machete-wielding attackers in the south-central Asian country of Bangladesh. Most recently, Faisal Arefin Dipan, a secular publisher was hacked to death and three other people, also bloggers and publishers, were severely injured in two separate attacks. The outbreak of violence has sparked protests in Dhaka. Hundreds took to the streets against perceived government inaction; writers and publishers set fire to books in protest.
First published in The National, 23 November 2015Read more
EU-based companies can no longer market and trade in a range of security equipment that can be used to torture and ill-treat people, following a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week.Read more
Saudi blogger and human rights defender, Raif Badawi, becomes the 2016 laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Amid all the horror in Syria and Iraq, I fear that we are on the brink of another conflagration in a much older conflict. What is all the more tragic is that the violence erupting in Palestine and Israel is so utterly foreseeable to anyone minded to look.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 18 October 2015Read more
As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, I have to observe a lot of doublespeak, wilful ignorance, selective memory and sometimes outright hypocrisy, all in the name of Realpolitik or Statecraft. But sometimes we do need to sup wi’ a lang spoon and I’m no boy scout. Few things are black and white.
First published in The National, 18 October 2015Read more
“WHO are you and what are you doing here?” is not really how I’m used to being spoken to when on mission, but I wasn’t going to argue with four men each with a casually slung Kalashnikov to make up for, or perhaps bring on, the lack of manners.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 11 October 2015Read more
Nobel Committee recognise the heroes of the aftermath of the Tunisian Arab Spring.
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a coalition of civil society organisations, has won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.Read more