York, significant for its Quaker population, played a pivotal role in the story of conscientious objectors during World War One. In Spring, , the grand wood-panelled council chamber at York's Guildhall was the location for a series of tribunals held to judge the fate of men who resisted the Military Service Act and were refusing to fight on grounds of conscience. On 27 January , the Military Service Act was passed. This stated that all men between the ages of 19 and 41 who were physically able must enlist. Although a large number of men did enlist, many who were opposed to the war refused to fight on the grounds of conscience. As campaigners such as Sir Arnold Rowntree and Edmund Harvey defended their rights in Parliament, tribunals were held in the Guildhall to hear the reasons why these conscientious objectors felt they could not and would not engage with the war effort.
Dogs are abandoned and tied with barbed wire to a shelter’s fence
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Bikers are now so scared that someone might end up decapitated that they are avoiding the popular former open cast mine, long a haven for motocross riders. The barbed wire attacks — which were supplemented by several nail bed traps laid for bikers — at first went unreported because the motocross riders were not supposed to be at the former mine near Senftenberg. But last year one biker was caught across the throat by a string of barbed wire tied between two trees. His injuries were so life-threatening that he had to be flown by helicopter to hospital. Fellow bikers decided to take the risk of outing themselves as trespassers on the land — and reported the cases.
Dozens of Nigerian migrants freed from indentured servitude in Libya are now returning home and have recounted abuses suffered at the hands of traffickers, jailers and bosses who bought them or rented them as slaves. The Nigerians, who spent years in Libya trying to buy their way to freedom and across the Mediterranean to Europe, told the BBC how they were raped, starved, beaten and sold as slaves in the war-ravaged country. Related: Qaddafi's son and heir Saif al-Islam returns to frontline politics.