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About Victoria Brittain

Victoria Brittain is a journalist and writer. She has spent much of her working life in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, writing for The Guardian and various French magazines. She has been a consultant to the UN on The Impact of Conflict on Women, also the subject of a research paper for the London School of Economics. She was co-author of Moazzam Begg’s book, Enemy Combatant.  Her most recent work is “Shadow Lives, the forgotten women of the war on terror”. She is a trustee of Prisoners of Conscience and of the Ariel and Melbourne Trust.


Articles by Victoria Brittain

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fear of forgetting – heroines who changed history

Simone De Beauvoir and Gisele Halimi were indefatigable. They wrote to every responsible official in the judiciary, military and government – up to General de Gaulle. Lest we forget.

Normalising torture

On impunity, and the erosion of ethics in International Human Rights Law - from Guantanamo to Yemen.

Legal obligations on Palestinian rights

No-one believes the Security Council will take the lead after so many decades in a cul de sac over Palestine.

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

Murder in Guantanamo

Ron Ridenhour became a famous journalist, with an annual prize for bravery awarded in his name after his early death at 52. Will Joseph Hickman get one this year?

New media and the changing narrative on Palestine

The new activism of a young generation in the US has largely come out of the multiplicity and consistency of a new media narrative confidently mushrooming from a new generation of educated Palestinians. 

The fourth destruction: stolen land and childhood

A visit to the Jordan Valley to see the actual conditions and latest developments on the ground, places the initiative of John Kerry’s team in context. What kind of negotiations are these?

Banning books in Britain, fifty years after Lady Chatterley

The main charges against Faraz were brought under the Terrorism Act 2006, and included the dissemination of terrorism publications, and also section 58, which makes possession of material related to terrorism an offence.

Control Orders lite - the cosmetic coalition

Control orders place individuals suspected of being an extremist threat under a variant of house arrest without them being charged or being able to defend themselves. They breach a fundamental principle of justice the government said it would restore. It hasn't.

Dangerous game: a reply to Gita Sahgal and her supporters

In the week following June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the co-author with Moazzam Begg of his book Enemy Combatant: the terrifying true story of a Briton in Guantanamo, comes to the defence of his work and that of Cageprisoners. A bitter controversy has only fed Islamophobia, demonised an innocent person, and obscured the real human rights issues at stake

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