Jenna Homewood


About Jenna Homewood

A recent graduate from the University of Auckland, majored in Geography and Sociology. I am interested in multifaceted issues relating to human rights, social justice, sustainable development and climate change.

Nightmare In Nauru: Child Health Crisis On Australia’s Offshore Detention Centre

Under strict immigration policy introduced in 2013, the Australian government has intercepted and forcibly transferred around 2500 refugees and asylum-seekers to offshore processing facilities on Nauru and Manus. Australia’s “Stop the Boats” policy prohibits the resettlement of asylum-seekers who arrive on their shores by boat. According to the Asylum Seeker […]


Talc And Terrorism: Afghanistan’s Mines Fuel The Islamic State And The Taliban

“At any price we will take the mines.” –Islamic State militant commander. The Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban are fighting to gain control of mines and the extraction of talc in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. A recent report by the Global Witness reveals that illegally mined talc in […]


Unaccompanied Migrant Children Denied Welfare In Paris

More than 200 unaccompanied migrant children are homeless and sleep on the streets every night in Paris, this is according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on July 4. The report, “Like a Lottery: Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris,” found that children are denied protection, food, shelter and […]


Hungary Criminalizes Aiding Undocumented Migrants Seeking Asylum 1

Hungary has proposed the “Stop Soros” bill, a set of laws which criminalize the act of assisting refugees and undocumented migrants seeking asylum. The Hungarian parliament has approved legislation which will allow for the persecution or imprisonment of any individual or organization that aids undocumented migrants entering the country illegally. […]


Rana Plaza Disaster: A Fashion Failure Five Years On

“It seems fashion changes faster than human rights evolve in the garment industry.” –Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera. Five years after the collapse of Rana Plaza, garment workers in Bangladesh continue to work in “life-threatening” conditions in factories. The Rana Plaza collapse was a structural failure that occurred on 24 April […]


Myanmar’s Forgotten War Against The Kachin Minority

In recent months there has been renewed, escalating warfare in Kachin, Myanmar’s northernmost state. Since April, more than 6800 villagers have been forced to flee the battle between government military forces and the ethnic Kachin rebels, known as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The Myanmar armed forces have been complicit […]


Proposed Oil Exploration And Armed Violence Threatens Conservation Of Democratic Republic Of Congo’s National Parks

On May 3, the NGO, Global Witness revealed that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government is planning to allow oil exploration in two of their national parks. The government plan to reclassify land and remove protected status would enable oil drilling within two UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites– the Salonga […]


War-torn Eastern Ukraine’s Classrooms Riddled With Bullet Holes

According to a statement released on 4 May by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 200,000 children in war-torn eastern Ukraine are forced to learn in classrooms riddled with bullet holes and school-grounds scattered with metal remnants of war. The ongoing conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists has severely […]


Conflict-Minerals Legislation Fails To Prevent Human Rights Abuses

At the end of this month, Intel, HP and other companies are expected to report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose information on whether the minerals used in their electronic products were sourced from mines which support the funding of armed conflict in Central Africa. Obama-era legislation […]