Daily Archives: October 22, 2018

The Number Of Activists Killed In Colombia Continues To Rise

Despite a peace deal being signed two years ago, there appears to be a rise in activist murders in Colombia. Although the overall homicide rate has dropped considerably, statistics shows that social activists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, local councilmen and union organisers are being murdered in greater numbers. In 2018, almost […]

Political Infighting In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Threaten The Spread Of Ebola

A recent increase in the number of Ebola cases in the geopolitically contested regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused great concern over the possibility of its spread. According to the figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 12th, 165 confirmed and 35 probable cases […]

Indigenous Peoples Day Takes Precedence Over Columbus Day

October the 8th 2018 served as an example of the ever-changing, socio-political and cultural understanding of America’s long held traditions. Since 1934, Columbus Day has been a national holiday, celebrating Columbus’ arrival to what are known today as the Americas. However, in recent years there has been a growing shift […]

Lethal Crash In Kenya Spikes Safety Concerns

On the morning of October 10 in Kenya, a bus driver lost control of his unlicensed vehicle, swerved off the road and crashed. Some 70 people were in the overcrowded bus at the time, of which 55 died. Several of the fatalities were children and many of the survivors were […]

Philippines Selected To Serve On The United Nations Human Rights Council, Despite Gross Human Rights Abuses

The Philippines has been selected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite committing gross human rights abuses. On October 12, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that the Philippines was voted in during the elections held in New York. Human Rights Watch (HRW) vehemently opposed the […]

Human Rights Advance In Malaysia: Death Penalty And Sedation Act To Be Repealed

On October 10, major changes in Malaysia’s legislation were announced during the “Law Reform Talk” at a national university. First, the Malaysian Minister of Law Liew Vui Keong renounced capital punishment saying, “All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop.” Official legislation is to be amended during the next parliamentary […]

19 Sentenced To Death Over Bangladesh Grenade Attack

On October 10, a Bangladeshi court announced the sentence for those responsible for the deadly grenade attack carried out in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2004. The attack has been investigated multiple times over the years. The Associated Press reported there were 49 defendants. They reported that nineteen people were issued the […]

Growing Fears Amid Brazil’s Upcoming Election

Demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against the far-right frontrunner candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, in the lead-up to Brazil’s presidential election. Chants of “El Nao” meaning “Not him!” erupted during the protests where tens of thousands of people, many of them women, took part in marches in the main […]