Day: October 3, 2017

Bosnia Still Denies Justice To Victims Of Sexual War Crimes

During the Bosnian War, thousands of women and girls were subjected to sexual violence, and the majority have yet to see justice. The Bosnian War was an armed conflict that took place between 1992 and 1995, resulting in over 100,000 deaths. Though wars throughout history are typically accompanied by rape,

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Indonesian Military Censors Commemoration Of 1965 Massacre

The head of the Indonesian military has banned scheduled public screenings on September 30 of a 2014 documentary commemorating the anti-communist massacres of 1965-66. A directive from General Gatot Nurmantyo instructed the military to restrict any efforts to hold a public screening of The Look of Silence, arguing that it

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Kenyan Political Dialogue: Seeing Both Sides of the Coin

The Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision to cancel the August 8th general election that saw incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner has received mixed reactions. Some lauded it as a bold decision to make and as a landmark in restoring faith in the country’s justice system. Others have however criticized it

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Hungary’s Hatemongering Anti-Migrant Campaign Intensifies

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has intensified its vilification of migrants as it continues to demonize native-born humanitarian George Soros, who has advocated for the EU to commit to resettling 300,000 refugees each year. Led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Fidesz party is hoping to consolidate its authority with a

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Even In Difference There Is Likeness

As a person that bores easily, I am a huge fan of difference. Not the crazy kind of difference, the good kind. The crazy kind of difference is the kind that leads to a fanaticism that more often than not is dangerous because it is blinding. And because I am

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Will The Australian Government ‘Wake Up’ After The Latest Asylum Seeker Death At An Offshore Detention Facility?

Another detainee has died in an Australian offshore detention centre on Manus Island after allegedly taking his own life. The thirty-two-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil man was sent to hospital three days prior to receiving attention for injuries from self-harm. Since the Papa New Guinean High Court ruled that the detention

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Ireland To Hold 2018 Referendum On Changes To Abortion Laws

The Irish government has announced that they plan on holding a national referendum in May or June 2018 on Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. The referendum would ask whether Ireland should change the eighth amendment of the constitution in order to allow abortions in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, or

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EU To Resettle 50,000 North African Refugees

Last Wednesday, the EU announced plans to resettle 50,000 refugees from war-torn countries into Europe. The plan operates under the bloc’s resettlement programme, introduced in 2015 and aims to stabilize migration to the area. The EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, stated it has set aside 500 million euros to

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Egypt’s LGBTQ Community Not Illegal But Publicly Condemned

Indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila may face a performance ban in Egypt after multiple controversial arrests at their recent show in Cairo. Seven concertgoers were arrested after waving LGBTQ pride flags throughout the performance. The Lebanese band and openly gay lead singer Hamed Sinno, have previously been prevented from performing in Jordan.

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Short Falls Of International Law

The mass hanging of 42 prisoners at Al Hoot prison on Sunday in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah has sparked controversy among human rights monitors world-wide. Leading human rights official, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said the mass execution raises “massive concerns” regarding Iraq’s

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Boat Carrying 130 Rohingya Capsizes

A tragedy has occurred in the Bay of Bengal on the 28 September. A boat carrying an estimated 130 people capsized in rough conditions as it attempted to dock near the village of Shamlapur, about 40 kilometres south of Cox’s Bazar. While 17 people were rescued by emergency service teams

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