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Sian Norris

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

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EXCLUSIVE ‘They Do What they Do and Leave Us Without Taking Responsibility’: The Grenfell Survivor Whose Family is Trapped in Kabul

, 26 August 2021
Flora Neda and her son Farhad were the only two people from Grenfell Tower’s top floor to survive 2017’s devastating fire. Now the family faces tragedy again – this time in Kabul

‘Talichad’: The Far-Right Takes Inspiration from the Taliban Takeover

, 25 August 2021
For many in the ‘incel’ and other far-right communities, the suppression of women’s rights in Afghanistan is a cause for celebration

‘The Network Saves Lives’: How a Map is Helping to Tackle Violence Against Women in Latin America

, 24 August 2021
Approximately 10 women a day are killed by men in Mexico – but a network of women’s activists are taking action to signpost support services and save lives

‘We Will Not Be Allowing People to Come from Afghanistan in An Indiscriminate Way’: Do Johnson’s Pledges Go Far Enough?

, 19 August 2021
After an emotionally and politically charged House of Commons debate on the situation engulfing Afghanistan, Sian Norris looks at the situation as it stands for women, refugees and development

From the Taliban to Incels: The Global War On Women

, 16 August 2021
Women’s rights are under attack around the world because of a belief in a fascistic natural order that naturalises male supremacy, reports Sian Norris

Poland Passes Media Law That Threatens Press Freedom

, 11 August 2021
hat could further repress press freedom in the country – despite initially planning to suspend the vote after ruling coalition collapsed

EXCLUSIVE Tucker Carlson's Visit to Hungary: Lobbying, Free Speech and Far-Right Conspiracy

, 4 August 2021
Fox News' bombastic Conservative commentator, Tucker Carlson, meets Hungary's authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, two years after a firm where his father is a director received thousands from the Hungarian Government to help with media and PR, Sian Norris reports

Gavin Williamson Faces Free Speech Legal Challenge Over Palestine Letter

, 3 August 2021
After 47 Muslim pupils and teachers faced censure for expressing solidarity with Palestine during the recent conflict with Israel, a human rights group has launched a legal challenge against the Secretary of State

EXCLUSIVE Using Democracy to Undermine Equality: Hungary’s Referendum on LGBTIQ Rights is Part of a Wider Pattern

, 26 July 2021
Voters in Ireland, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia have all been asked to vote on LGBTIQ equality in the past decade – now Hungary's population will go to the ballot box to decide on the same issue

School Pupils Face Sanctions for Supporting Palestine

, 19 July 2021
New research uncovers 49 cases where school pupils and staff face detention, suspension and even expulsion after showing solidarity with Palestine during May's conflict

EXCLUSIVE CitizenGO’s Global Ambitions Threaten Women’s Rights in East Africa

, 16 July 2021
In the first two parts of her series on CitizenGO, Sian Norris looked at who is behind the anti-rights movement in Spain. In this third article, she explores how the organisation operates in the Global South, including its attack on sexual and reproductive rights in Kenya.

‘United by a Common Enemy: An Open, Pluralist Society’: Far-Right Parties Sign Declaration on Europe’s Future

, 8 July 2021
Led by Poland’s Prime Minister, far-right parties from across the region declare that the European Union is threatening nations, families and tradition

‘A Manhunt Against Journalists’: Far-Right Attacks on Tbilisi Pride Leaves 53 Reporters Injured

, 6 July 2021
A Pride march was forced into cancelling for a second time as far-right protestors, with support of the Orthodox Church, descended on the Georgian capital and attacked journalists, reports Sian Norris

New Report Reveals Western Funding Streams for Conversion Therapy in Africa

, 1 July 2021
An investigation by openDemocracy 50:50 has found that clinics offering 'anti-gay therapy' have received funding from Western NGOs – at a time when a ban on conversion therapy is in the UK spotlight

Will Poland Introduce an Anti-LGBT Propaganda Law?

, 30 June 2021
Reports that Poland plans to introduce a law banning ‘LGBT propaganda’ have been denied by ministers – but the assault against LGBTIQ rights in Europe continues
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