• Are we listening?

    In the past several weeks, a suburb of Damascus has become the newest epicenter of the Syrian Conflict. The opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, which is about to enter its fifth year under siege, has been bombarded by hundreds of airstrikes, surface-to-surface missile attacks, artillery bombs, as well as reports of chlorine...
  • Marielle Franco

    #MarielleFrancoVive: why the hashtag matters

    Despite the spreading of fake news, the legacy of Marielle is still being upheld by activists in Brazil. In the past weeks, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets to protest Marielle’s death - not only in Rio de Janeiro, but in several states around the country....
  • What legal protection do trans people have in Europe?

    On 31 March 2018, the world will observe the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility, dedicated to celebrating trans people and raising awareness about discrimination they face worldwide. In binary (male-female) gender systems, trans people include those who have a different gender identity from what they were assigned at birth,...
  • A return to business as usual in Ethiopia

    The Ethiopian government is under fire from human rights and pro-democracy groups after it rearrested several prominent bloggers and members of the opposition that had been released just a few weeks ago. According to the Financial Times, former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn released the eight politicians and journalists in...
  • Bread protests wreak havoc in Sudan

    While many around the world celebrated the New Year,  small groups of protesters gathered in cities across Sudan to protest the rising cost of bread.  Known as the ‘bread protests’, they occurred after the Sudanese Government announced in late December that it was eliminating subsidies in the 2018 budget,...
  • The complex web of cyber defence

    At the Munich Security Conference this February, experts were asked what they considered to be the main global challenges of 2018. Cyber attacks and cyber-related security threats stood out as a major concerns for all nations. David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, warned that cyber security threats...
  • “For no longer than necessary”: the issue of immigration detention in the UK

    The UK is the only member of the European Union that has indefinite immigration detention. Only until September, 2017 had seen over 27,000 people put into detention centres under the government’s new migration policies, according to the Amnesty International. Nonetheless, last week, Home Office minister Brandon Lewis faced criticism...
  • Tunisia’s LGBT+ community is pioneering in midst of political unrest

    As the people streamed into the Institut français in downtown Tunis to attend to the first queer film festival in Tunisia and the Maghreb their faces reflected everyone’s excitement and emotional turmoil. To have such an event take place in a country where homosexuality is still criminalized legally and...
  • Nonviolent resistance to human rights violations

    In different parts of the world, human rights violations emerge on a daily basis, leading to forced displacements, refugees, genocides, deforestation of natural reserves, and a variety of social problems. Throughout history, the people affected by human rights violations have resisted these abuses in different ways, but most of...
  • Out of sight, out of mind: Rohingya to be moved to uninhabitable Island

    On 6 December 2017, the government of Bangladesh announced that they would move ahead with their plan to move Rohingya refugees off the mainland to remote islands. About 100,000 of over one million Rohingya refugees currently living in Bangladesh will be moved to the small island of Thengar Char,...
  • Severe Human Rights Violations in Libya

    In Libya, three rival governments compete for legitimacy and control over resources in the power vacuum of a “stateless country”, amidst the deterioration of the economy and the judicial system. The United Nations-backed, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which struggled in 2016 to assert itself in Tripoli,...
  • Agromafia: how Italy is turning migrants into slaves

    Supposedly, slavery was abolished centuries ago. But most recent statistics say that in Europe over 1 million people are slaves, victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and forced labour. Italy is one of the European countries, along with Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Romania where modern slavery labour conditions are...
  • Domestic servitude: invisible modern slaves

    Many migrant women reach Europe with the hope of a better life, only to be subjected to domestic servitude across the continent. While it is not as publicly recognised as sexual exploitation, domestic servitude can trap its victims for years and it is often harder to uncover. What is...
  • The suppression of debates on gender and sexuality in Brazil

    The topic of gender has become more than a hotbed for debate in Brazil – it has become dangerous. In November 2017, not only was the famous American philosopher Judith Butler harassed during a visit to the country, but local researchers have also had to contend with security issues...
  • Freedom of speech in Turkey has been imprisoned

    Since July 2016, when a section of the Turkish military led a coup attempt to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the state of emergency in Turkey has repeatedly been extended. This constant state of emergency has allowed the President and his administration to take decisions and act without parliamentary approval...
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