Jenna Homewood


About Jenna Homewood

Graduate student at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) studying Conservation and Ecology. With an undergraduate background in Geography and Sociology. I am interested in multifaceted issues relating to environmental and resource conflict, conservation, sustainable development and climate change; and how these issues intertwine with human rights.

Environmental Degradation: A Catalyst For Zoonotic Diseases Like COVID-19

HIV, Ebola, SARS, avian influenza, and now COVID-19 are amongst a number of viruses that all share one factor in common: they are all animal-borne. This means they originate from wildlife or livestock before being transmitted to humans. Animal-borne diseases are known as zoonotic diseases (or zoonoses), and they account […]


Rewilding Conflict Zones: From Iron Curtain To Green Belt

The world is experiencing unprecedented biodiversity loss; dubbed the Sixth Mass Extinction, with 60 per cent of animal populations wiped out since 1970. Human activity has significantly affected three-quarters of land; with agriculture, urbanization, industry and climate change decimating ecosystems and biodiversity. In response, a growing conservation movement – ‘rewilding’ […]


Institutional Failure: Churchill’s Policies Responsible for 1943 Bengal Famine – Study

For years there has been debate surrounding the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s culpability in the 1943 Bengal famine in the then-British India. A new study provides scientific backing that the 1943 famine, which is estimated to have killed three million people, was the only one in modern Indian history […]


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 […]


British Citizens Wrongfully Threatened With Deportation 1

Britain has threatened to detain and deport Commonwealth nationals, including Windrush-era citizens. Thousands of individuals have been denied their rights to continued occupation and residence in the UK because they cannot provide documentation to prove their citizenship. Between 1948 and 1971, approximately 50 000 people from the Caribbean, known as the Windrush […]


Migrants In Libya Detained And Sold At “Slave Markets” 1

Recently the United Nations Human Rights Office reported that asylum seekers in Libya were being detained, bought and sold at ‘‘open slave markets.” Migrants are intercepted by the Libyan authorities as they attempt to be smuggled across the Mediterranean into Europe. They are treated as commodities and auctioned off for profit […]