Ushana Jayasuriya

About Ushana Jayasuriya

Hi, my name is Ushana. I am currently studying towards an MA in Philosophy - my thesis is exploring Climate Justice. I became interested in the World Peace Organisation through my studies of international law and an International Ethics paper I tutored for in the Philosophy Department. When I saw an opportunity to be a Correspondent I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore current events and possible peaceful solutions. I believe that there can be a peaceful world and a change in attitudes is required. This change often occurs through greater knowledge of the options available. I hope through my role here, I will be able to assist in these goals by exploring these alternative options to violence and conflict.

Indonesian Environment Minister Seeks To Extend Ban On Licences For Forest Use

Reuters reports that Indonesia’s Environment Minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, would like to make the current moratorium on issuing new licences to use land designated as peatland or primary forest permanent. Reuters states that the moratorium was created in 2011 and covered 66 million hectares by November 2016. President Joko Widodo […]

Thailand Urged To Fulfil Assurance To End Torture

10 years after the ratification of the Convention Against Torture, Amnesty International has expressed concern that Thailand is not fulfilling its obligations. Human Rights Watch stated that Thailand has created a committee to receive complaints and investigate allegations of torture, but without law recognizing these crimes, the committee has little […]

Protecting Children: How Can We Stop Child Labour?

Last week was World Day Against Child Labour, and the UN warned that children in conflict zones are particularly vulnerable to becoming child labourers. UNICEF defines child labour as children who are “either too young to work or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social […]

Concerns In Central Africa Over U.S. Repealing Of “Conflict Minerals Rule”

This week, The Associated Press reported that an increase in violence in central Africa may result from the U.S. decision to stop enforcing the “conflict minerals rule.” The rule requires U.S. companies to declare if they are sourcing minerals from a conflict area in order to ensure that minerals do […]

Ongoing Conflict Hinders Hopes Of Relieving Famine In South Sudan

The Associated Press reported this week that the head of the United Nations’ food and agriculture agency warns the ongoing conflict between the Dinka majority and the Nuer minority in South Sudan could hinder any hopes of avoiding a new famine next year. The conflict has killed tens of thousands […]