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Sian Norris is Byline Times’ Chief Social and European Affairs Reporter

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EXCLUSIVE 25 Afghan Men Claiming Asylum in UK on Sexuality Grounds Refused Since 2017

, 3 May 2022
An investigation by Sian Norris with the Byline Intelligence Team explores the vulnerability of LGBTIQ people looking for a safe home in Britain

EXCLUSIVE The Mail Order Bride Sites Exploiting War in Ukraine to Find Women

, 29 April 2022
In an exclusive undercover investigation, Sian Norris discovers how websites advertising mail order brides are using Russia's invasion of Ukraine to drum up business

‘This War Shows It’s Very Fragile to Rely On Force’: Meet Ukraine’s Human Rights Activists

, 27 April 2022
Sian Norris speaks to three campaigners fighting for a fairer, more equal Ukraine when the war ends

The Rwanda Scheme: The Human Rights Concerns Around Government’s Transportation Deal

, 20 April 2022
The plan to send people seeking asylum who arrive via 'irregular' routes in the UK to Rwanda has raised numerous human rights concerns – not least for LGBTIQ people and pregnant women

EXCLUSIVE How Hungary’s LGBT Activists Took on the State and Won

, 7 April 2022
In an exclusive UK interview with Sian Norris, Hungarian LGBTIQ activists tell how a campaign filled with hope and collaboration stopped Orbán from winning an ugly referendum

Why I’m Scared To Open Instagram Message Requests

, 6 April 2022
A new report by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate has found women are being targeted with misogynistic abuse on Instagram's direct message function – something Sian Norris knows all too well

EXCLUSIVE Government ‘Inconsistency’ On Free Speech

, 16 March 2022
Ruth Smeeth of Index on Censorship tells Sian Norris her concerns about a raft of contradictory Government policies on freedom of expression, as the Online Safety Bill returns to Parliament

EXCLUSIVE Medicalisation and Hidden Agendas: The Down Syndrome Bill Faces Multiple Criticisms

, 10 March 2022
The Private Members Bill promises to ensure the specific needs of people with Down syndrome are considered – but parents, campaigners and people with learning disabilities are sceptical about what the law will achieve and the motives behind it

Millions of Russian Roubles Funded Far-Right Discord in Europe

, 2 March 2022
In the first of a two part investigation, Sian Norris reveals the phenomenal funding by Russian oligarchs and their US allies of anti-gender, religious-right influence wars

Birth Rates, Babies and Benefits

, 22 February 2022
There's been much talk about falling birth rates from all sides of the political spectrum – but the elephant in the nursery is the Conservatives' record on benefit cuts

Rump Trumpocracy? The Conservative Party at the Heritage Foundation

, 14 February 2022
Oliver Dowden is the latest Conservative MP to address the Heritage Foundation – an organisation accused of tampering with democracy and undermining women's rights

The Far-Right Attack on Education From Poland to the UK and US

, 8 February 2022
The superintendent of Poland's Małopolska province is seeking to ban anti-racist, pro-human rights groups from working with students – but the attack on progressive education goes beyond Polish borders

EXCLUSIVE Conversion Therapy: Co-opting the Language of Liberation

, 3 February 2022
With the UK Government consultation into ending conversion therapy closing on 4 February, Byline Times investigates the tactics of those seeking to frustrate a ban

UK's Record on LGBTIQ Rights Under Fire Alongside Russia, Hungary and Poland

, 27 January 2022
A new report from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe takes aim at hate speech, vilification and scapegoating of LGBTI people in the UK

‘The Met’s Reputation is More Important than My Safety’: Can the Sarah Everard Murder Inquiry Rebuild Women’s Trust in Policing?

, 13 January 2022
Women's groups have raised concerns that the narrow confines of the Angiolini Inquiry – combined with a failure to grapple with women's safety – means lessons won't be learned

At the Crossroads of Freedom

, 29 October 2021

Autumn Budget: Women and Children First?

, 27 October 2021
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