Daily Archives: June 26, 2018

United States Withdraws From United Nations Human Rights Council

On Tuesday, 19 June, the United States officially announced that it would withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council in protest of the body’s recent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The move represents the latest and perhaps most blatant manifestation of President Trump’s desire to pull away from […]

Russia Uses The World Cup To “Sportwash” Their Poor LGBTQ Rights Record

Starting this month, 32 teams from around the globe will come together in Russia to celebrate sport and cross-cultural interactions. Despite this World Cup spirit of comradery and understanding, the host country of Russia continues to systematically suppress LGBTQ visibility and persecute queer people within its borders. Just on the […]

Qatar Takes UAE To UN’s Highest Court Over Blockade

According to the Atlantic, tensions began in 2014 when Qatar’s neighbours pulled out their diplomats citing concerns about Qatar funding terrorism. The blockade wholly began early summer in 2017. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Yemen severed their ties with Qatar initially because of its alleged […]

Myanmar Signs Agreement With UN Bodies On Rohingya Refugees

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced on June 6th that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Myanmar. The MoU will provide UNHCR and UNDP access to the Rakhine State in western Myanmar, the area […]