Sophia Akram

Sophia Akram is a researcher. After completing an LLB in Law, she attained a Master’s in International Politics and Human Rights at City University London, while providing research, program, policy and communication support in Whitehall departments and prominent nongovernmental organizations. She has a special interest in human rights and forced migration, particularly across Asia.

The Women of WikiLeaks: Speaking Truth to Power

Jul 28, 2018

Information, as powerful as it is, belongs to everyone and can help in individual self-determination. At the center of any WikiLeaks discussion lies Julian Assange, the platform’s founder who has been embroiled in scandals and accusations of misogyny, amongst all else. Lesser known is the story of the women involved...

Israeli Allies Are Propping Up a Brutal Occupier

May 16, 2018

The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem unleashed Israel’s violence, and states like the UK standing idly by are complicit. On May 14, newspapers around the world contrasted the seeming calm of self-asserting peace as the US opened its new embassy along the Armistice Line that divides East and...

Italy's Migration Policy: A Dark Trade-Off on Human Rights

Mar 28, 2018

Italy’s policies have failed migrants and refugees crossing from Libya, and things are about to get much worse. Italy’s migration policies have been formidable. Returning boats headed to its shores, compelling NGOs to cease sea rescue missions and paying Libya to stop migrants leaving have all helped to curb migration....

Migrants Need Access to Health Care

Mar 26, 2016

The migrant crisis will impede our ability to deliver Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Post-2015, officials of the United Nations (UN) and other stakeholders started to think carefully about what development meant in this new era. Breaking down perceptions beyond extreme poverty or maternal health is still crucially important, but...

Run to Tell a Different Story in Palestine

Apr 25, 2015

Runners in Palestine exercise their right to movement as marathon season gets underway. On April 26, over 30,000 runners will participate in the annual London Marathon. On the same day, the Madrid, Hamburg and Siracusa marathons will also take place. Popular long distance races occur all year long throughout the...

Anti-Trafficking Strategies: Putting the Victim First

Oct 19, 2013

In Malaysia, victims of trafficking are often treated like criminals. Analysts claim human trafficking is rife on every continent on the globe; present in almost every country and, according to the recent annual report of the US State Department on Trafficking in Persons (TIP), the situation in Malaysia paints a...

Cutting Borders: Ethnic Tensions and Burmese Refugees

Sep 18, 2013

Ethnic tensions and xenophobia follow Burmese refugees across borders. Despite independence in 1948, Burma has been plagued by problems since the military junta took state control in 1962. Power struggles, conflict, occupation, resource extraction and ethnic tensions have all incited Burma’s displacement issue. While exact numbers are unknown, estimates are...