Emma Appleton


Venezuelans Bear The Brunt Of Political Turmoil

Let’s be blunt about it- the situation in Venezuela is dreadful. On January 10, President Nicolás Maduro began his second term following a controversial, widely-disputed election. Last year, Maduro’s campaign survived violent protests across Caracas, nationwide marches led by the opposition, and even a drone assassination attempt, The Guardian reports. […]


DR Congo Ethnic Violence Claims 890 Lives In Three Days

Last week the UN announced that 890 lives were claimed over three days in mid-December in ongoing ethnic violence acts in north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as Al Jazeera reports. This death toll is more than double the estimate reported by a local priest and civil society activist, […]


UN Cracks Down On Human Trafficking In Libya

The United Nations Security Council, led by the Netherlands, recently adopted a resolution to sanction perpetrators of human trafficking and sexual abuse in Libya, CNN writes. The sanctions require countries to freeze the assets of individuals committing these crimes and prevent them from travelling. This is a timely strengthening of […]


Thailand Prepares Unlawful Extradition Of Australian-Based Refugee

Hakeem al-Araibi, an Australian-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player, remains detained in Thailand following his arrest three weeks ago, Al Jazeera reports. His arrest followed a Red Notice (an Interpol alert to find and temporarily detain an individual awaiting extradition), issued by Bahrain. The notice was then withdrawn, as notices […]


Houthi Rebels And Yemeni Government Meet Face-To-Face To Negotiate Peace

UN-directed peace talks between Houthi delegates and members of the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi began Thursday in Rimbo, Sweden. They were influenced by mounting pressure from Western countries to end nearly four years of conflict, writes Voice of America. The talks mark the first negotiations between both […]


Female Peacekeepers: A Silver Lining In The Ongoing Mali Conflict? 1

As the conflict wages on, the UN is making a conscious effort to employ more women as peacekeepers in their Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The push for gender equality is not only to empower local women but also to improve conflict resolution. Force Commander Lieutenant General Gyllensporre […]