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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.

With access to personal data and no oversight, Prevent is targeting Muslims opposing Israel's war on Gaza, with lifelong consequences, writes Sophia Akram.

29 February, 2024

An exhibition at London’s P21 gallery aims to reclaim narratives around Palestine and its people, celebrating the country's rich culture and art.

08 February, 2024

Despite government crackdown, hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched across the UK to highlight Israel's apartheid and occupation. The New Arab spoke to some protestors to find out what it's like to be pro-Palestinian in the UK in 2023.

16 October, 2023

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