Laura O'Dwyer


About Laura O'Dwyer

is studying at the University of Canterbury, undertaking both a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice. She is passionate about public service, the legal system and global social justice issues.

Brazilian Prisons Experience Violent Riots Again, Leaving 55 Dead

Violent riots within various Brazilian prisons have led to multiple casualties, yet again. On Sunday, May 26th, 15 inmates were found dead at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary, with many of the bodies reportedly showing signs of strangulation and stab wounds from sharpened toothbrushes. On Monday, another 40 bodies were recovered […]


Are They Or Aren’t They? The Contested Alignment Between A.D.F. And I.S.I.S. In Democratic Republic Of Congo

On April 18, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (I.S.I.L. or I.S.I.S.) claimed responsibility for an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking further tension in a region burdened by years of conflict, as well as the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus. The attack occurred in […]


Transfer Of Rwandan Accused Murderers To Australia Shocks New Zealand Families

In 1999, eight tourists were brutally murdered in a violent attack involving machetes and axes while gorilla-watching in a Ugandan rainforest. The group included two New Zealanders, Michelle Strathern and Rhonda Avis, as well as two Americans and four others. Three Rwandan men belonging to the Hutu rebel group, the […]


Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Urges Supporters to Continue Their Campaign Despite Fear

Juan Guaido, opposition leader of Venezuela, addressed several hundred protestors on Saturday 11 May, urging them to press forward with their campaigns of support for his bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.   Earlier this month, an attempted coup by Guaido’s supporters was met with violence from government forces. In […]


Traditional May Day Protests

Protesters took to the streets in cities around the world on May 1st, demanding better working conditions. The rallies follow a tradition that began in the United States in the 1880s to voice concerns regarding workers’ rights. Over time, the May Day or Labour Day protests have become an opportunity […]


100 Days Of Living In Fear For The Indigenous People Of Brazil

Since Jair Bolsonaro took office as President of Brazil on 1 January, indigenous peoples’ lands have been under extreme threat. Under the Brazilian Constitution, rewritten in 1988, native tribes have legal ownership of their land and the “inalienable right” to reject any development on their territory. Brazil has also ratified […]