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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