human rights

  • What is the EU Relocation Scheme and why does it exist?

    According to the Dublin Regulation (which first came into force in 1997 and was altered in 2003 and 2013), asylum seekers have to go through the process of applying for asylum in the first EU country they enter. While this may not have seemed such a bad idea in...
  • Brexit migration

    The Brexit of the non-EU immigrants

    The crescent inflow of immigrants into the UK was one of the main points of debate, even before the Brexit discussion started. Eventually disguising to contain economic and political reasons, the immigration issue certainly played a key role on the referendum which decided for UK’s exit from the European...
  • Deaths in the uncontacted frontier

    On September 8th, 2017, the Brazilian government confirmed the killing of indigenous people, members of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon. Tribe members were reported to have been killed by illegal gold miners – the exact number of victims and any details about their deaths have not been released...
  • Does the international community have a responsibility to protect?

    Forgotten Conflicts Not once or twice, individual states and the international community as a whole has failed to react against serious violations of human rights, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Today, there are an immense number of conflicts, some well-covered and others – ‘forgotten’,...
  • The miscarriage of justice in El Salvador’s abortion law

    El Salvador, along with Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Suriname, Andorra and Malta are the only countries in the world that maintain an absolute ban on abortion. In fact, El Salvador has the world’s most severe ban on abortion. Violence and insecurity for women in El Salvador El Salvador, the...
  • “Fighting is a way of life”

    Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is certainly not new. While PNG has not kept official records of deaths as a result of tribal conflict, conflict is regularly...
  • Western Sahara, the never-ending colony

    The Western Sahara Conflict is more than a forgotten crisis, it is a thorny geopolitical issue which lasts for 40 years. Despite the involvement of several international actors, such as the International Court of Justice and the United Nations, the situation is still in deadlock and Saharawi people are...
  • An unending cycle of violence

    The conflict between the Republic of Turkey and the Kurdish ethnic group in Turkey entered its third phase during the siege of Kobane in 2014. The Turkish government prevented the Kurds in Turkey from sending support to their militants who were fighting in Syria against ISIL at that time. This...
  • Searching for the new black gold

    Moatize, Mozambique– Earlier this summer, Hussene Antonio used to walk his herd from a small Mozambican village to some graze-friendly grassland. This no longer happens. The land he was heading to once belonged to his community until several mining companies including Brazilian Vale S.A. and Indian giant Jindal Steel...
  • Hispaniola: A People Divided

    Some say we live in a borderless world, but based on the stringent anti-immigration policies doled out by the Dominican Republic against its neighbour, Haiti, borders are to be respected at all costs. Haiti, a Francophone nation, and the Dominican Republic (DR), a Hispanophone nation, are two Caribbean countries...
  • How many LGBT murders can Brazil ignore?

    A woman is sitting on the road, in broad daylight – there is blood on her face, which she wipes with her hand. Several men surround her, armed with sticks, stones and slurs – they keep on hitting her and order her into a wheelbarrow. The image shakes as...
  • Meet the LGBT+ military unit fighting ISIS

    As Donald Trump declared that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military last week, in Rojava, Syria, the creation of a new and rather revolutionary military unit in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) was announced. This military unit, The Queer Insurrection and Liberation...
  • The anti-canal movement has a woman’s face in Nicaragua

    In June 2013, the current Nicaraguan government handed over the concession of the inter-oceanic canal to the International Hong-Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND Group). The Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega granted the concession for construction and exclusive management of the inter-oceanic canal to HKND Group for a period...
  • Climate change: the tyranny of today over tomorrow

    On 1 June 2017, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, struck at the heart of humankind by withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Per his argument, the Accord was “unfair at the highest level to the United States” and will inflict a “major economic...
  • When activism gets creative

    Today is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, celebrated all over the world. In Tunis, Tunisia, there are two big events taking place that protest the existence of the article 230 of the Tunisian penal code, which criminalizes the LGBT+ community, as well as the all too common aggressions...
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