Figen Murray is the mother of Martyn Hett, 29, a PR worker who was killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attacks in May 2017.
A year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Is the UK racist and if so, what do we do about it?’ It was a personal blog written from a place of frustration and pain, and with the hope of building greater understanding between people with different experiences […]
Comment: ‘ISIS traitors should be kept where they are’: what or who decides the fate of those who want to return?
“Keep them there.” “They joined ISIS and returning them to the UK represents a clear security and ideological risk.” “They’re traitors. They gave up their rights by joining ISIS. Now they have to live with it.” “She didn’t show sorrow in the media interview.” These oft-repeated comments are heard when cases involving British/Western ISIS members […]
A leaked letter by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, in which he says the UK will demand “no assurances” that two suspected IS members will not be executed in the US, has caused a debate about the death penalty and the UK’s counterterrorism approach. In this blog post, Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert explains why Javid’s position […]
Is the issue of joining terror groups and the repercussions of facing justice clear cut? Should individuals taking up arms with ideological aims – and who may have broken the law – face trials in the country they’ve been captured in, face justice at home, or should we deport them to Guantanamo Bay as Trump […]
Our SOS+ Co-ordinator CJ welcomes that the issue of sexual harassment in schools is being addressed and explains how SOS+ service at St Giles Trust can help. The shocking and saddening statistic from the Women’s Equalities Committee (published 13 September 2016) report which shows nearly 59% of girls and young women had experienced some form of sexual […]