Sarah Morrison

Sarah Morrison is the Human Rights Correspondent at The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday

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Steven Neary (right, with his father Mark) was unlawfully detained in a care unit for nearly a year

The great mental health betrayal: Inquiry slams ‘appalling’ unlawful detention of tens of thousands of vulnerable people

Lords condemn ‘wilful oppression’ and call for urgent reform of Britain’s care homes

Books published by a company owned by Michael O’Mara have been accused of ‘alienating’ children

Gender-specific children’s books ‘are easier to sell’, insists children's book publisher

A leading children’s publisher has said he will not bow to pressure to stop labelling books for either girls or boys – because it is a “fact of life” that people search for gifts according to gender.

One voice: Demonstrators in London

International Women's Day: Where do we go next on the road to global equality?

Women have a long way to go in the worldwide battle against gender imbalance, as well as the violence and sexual abuse they suffer. Sarah Morrison reports on the persistent problems that affect half the population

Joshua French listens to testmony during his trial in Ndolo military prison in Kinshasa, watched by his mother, Kari Hilde French

Joshua French case: Mother of former British soldier appeals to Cameron to save her son on death row in DRC

The mother of a former British soldier on Death Row in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made a desperate plea to the British Government to help repatriate her son.

'No one cares': The tragic truth of Syria's 500,000 refugee children

At least a million Syrian refugees are now living in Lebanon, almost half of them children. They are being put up in tents, shacks and nine to a room – but 'no one cares', says British photographer Ed Thompson, who spent six days moving among the camps

The Elephant Appeal raised a clamour ahead of the conference last week

£500,000 raised to help stop the elephant crisis

Thanks to help from celebrities, royalty and most of all our readers, a record amount will go to our partner charity Space For Giants to help change things for elephants now

Dietrich Wagner, a German pensioner who was blinded by a police water cannon during an environmental protest in Stuttgart

The dangers of water cannon: Blinded German man tells Britain ‘don’t make the same mistakes as other countries’

Pensioner Dietrich Wagner is in London to lobby the Home Secretary about the dangers of the controversial crowd dispersal weapon

Speaking out: Prince William at the conference last Wednesday

Prince William wants 'all royal ivory destroyed'

There are some 1,200 objects made with ivory in the royal collection. Their possible destruction is welcomed by wildlife campaigners, but not by some art enthusiasts

Campaigners protest against the illegal trade in wildlife outside the conference venue, Lancaster House in London, yesterday

World leaders say enough is enough on illegal ivory: Agreement to stop wildlife trade hailed as 'watershed' moment

In a surprise move, the governments of Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania were among those to sign the Elephant Protection Initiative

Elephants in the dust

World-leading conservationists join together to put a stop to illegal wildlife trafficking

The London conference will hear how as many as 50,000 elephants are being shot every year across Africa

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?