Daily Archives: June 23, 2018

French Muslim Student In Media Storm Over Headscarf

Maryam Pougetoux faced heavy backlash earlier this month after appearing in a television documentary.  The film was geared toward bringing awareness to local student protests occurring at her university since earlier this year. Her thoughts on controversy were seemingly overridden by her wearing of a headscarf, by which she retained criticism […]

UN Report: Venezuela Committed Human Rights Abuses Including Hundreds Of Extrajudicial Killings

The United Nations released a report on 22 June that documented severe human rights abuses in Venezuela between 2014 and 2017. According to the report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),  government sanctioned “crime fighting” units extrajudicially killed over 500 Venezuelans in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. […]

Hope For An End To Deadly Protests In Nicaragua

Last Friday, the Nicaraguan government agreed to allow an international investigation into fatal protests that occurred in mid-April. The protests, initially opposing social security reform, sparked national unrest when pro-government groups used excessive force against protesters. Subsequent civic demonstrations also faced violent retaliation, with the Center for Human Rights reporting […]

Rights Groups Demand Release Of Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Human rights groups have demanded that Iran release renowned lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh after her arrest last Wednesday. As a champion of women’s and human rights and a notable opponent of the Iranian judiciary, Sotoudeh was convicted in absentia of an unknown crime. A growing consensus of international organisations, including Amnesty […]

“Safe Access Zone” Bill Criminalizing Protests Outside Abortion Clinics: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Under a recently passed bill to amend the Public Health Act in New South Wales, Australia, protesters who harass, film, or make abortion related communications within 150 meters of abortion clinics will face fines of up to $5,500 or six months of imprisonment. Passed on the 8th of June with […]