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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.

In-depth: As protests continue across Iran following Mahsa Amini's death, an independent tribunal found that the regime committed crimes against humanity against demonstrators in 2019, and cautions that history should not be allowed to repeat itself.

04 October, 2022

The New Arab Meets: Nazir Afzal, whose tireless work as both a public prosecutor and a prominent activist against gender-based violence has been invaluable in helping shed light on the depth and breadth of the problem in the UK and beyond.

06 May, 2022

Arabs in the UK series: Despite being largely neglected by mainstream political consciousness, Arabs in the UK contribute to political life in a variety of ways. The New Arab speaks with six politically active citizens about their experiences.

28 January, 2022

In-depth: The Baha'i community in Iran is no stranger to institutionalised discrimination, but under new hardliner President Raisi, land confiscations, imprisonment, and hate crime incitement against the community have escalated.

24 January, 2022

Book Club: Arab and Muslim characters are all too often typecast as stereotypical roles within global cinema, placing further stress both on the need to offer a greater variety of roles and for filmmakers to find a way to 'authentically' represent.

22 December, 2021

The true villains behind the Calais crisis are not smugglers, rather they are the French and British decision-makers, with their hostile and restrictive policies against refugees and migrants, writes Sophia Akram.

03 December, 2021

In-depth: The COP26 Coalition held an alternative summit to amplify the voices, ideas, and solutions it believes are largely absent from COP – including the global green new deal, polluters' liability, and indigenous ecological knowledge.

11 November, 2021

Book Club: From the glamorous to the seemingly mundane, Maliha Abidi's second publication is a fascinating archive and artistic repository of 100 awe-inspiring women of colour, and how they withstood societal pressure to become great in their field.

08 October, 2021

With the narrative having been focused on stereotypical portrayals of people from the region as 'terrorists' or 'illegal immigrants', MENA Arts believes it's time for a shift for appropriate representation.

20 April, 2021

The Office for National Statistics says that understanding the needs of individual communities and identity groups is one of its main focuses for Census 2021.

19 March, 2021