Daily Archives: July 21, 2019

Why The Floods In South Asia Matter

Monsoon flooding in South Asia has left 200 people dead and six million displaced in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the past week. Over 1,800 villages are swamped in the Northeastern Indian state of Assam after the Brahmaputra River burst its banks and officials estimate that one-third of Bangladesh […]

European Court of Human Rights Finds Russian Government Violating LGBT+ Rights

This week the European Court of Human Rights has found the Russian government to be in violation of the human right to freedom of association. Consequently, the government has paid 42,500 euros in damages to three LGBTQ+ not for profit organisations: The Rainbow House, the Movement for Marriage Equality, and […]

Rest In Power: 75-Year-Old African American Civil Rights Activist Murdered

The Louisianan district of East Baton Rouge was shaken by horrific news earlier this month – the dead body of civil rights activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, was found abandoned in a car trunk. The shocking discovery has triggered an outpouring of sympathies, spanning on- and offline with many expressing disbelief. The […]

Kyoto Animation Studio Fire Shocks Japan

On Thursday morning in one of Japan’s worst mass casualty incidents since World War II, a 41-year-old man poured petrol over the Kyoto Animation Studio screaming, “Die!” before igniting it. 33 people were killed and 36 more were injured by the time the fire was doused. The horrific attack shocked […]

Amid Increasing Tension, United States Announces New Surveillance Initiative

On Saturday, July 20th, U.S. officials announced a new intelligence and surveillance initiative which is centred on the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. Citing longstanding tension and concerns over the behaviour of Iran, officials describe the new ‘Sentinel’ initiative as one way to restore stability to the region, […]

U.S. Pushing To Send All Asylum Seekers Back To Mexico, Sparking Tensions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that it will be forcing asylum seekers who attempt to cross the U.S. border through Southern Texas to return to Mexico and await ruling from an immigration judge to determine their eligibility for asylum. This plan, dubbed the “Remain in Mexico” […]

Turkey Announces Beginning Of Joint Weapons Production With Russia

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, revealed plans to deploy a Russian missile defence system by April 2020. In a speech given at an event on 15 July in Ankara, Erdoğan stated that Turkey will jointly produce S-400s with Russia. The announcement has caused tension between Turkey and the U.S., as […]

Myanmar’s Top Officials Banned From Entering The U.S.A.

The U.S. have banned Myanmar’s top general, several senior officers and their families from entering the States, in response to accusations of gross violations of human rights against Rohingya Muslims. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated there was credible evidence to suggest that the Burmese officials were complicit in […]

Nations Rise In Support Of Chinese Internment Camps

37 states, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea, sent a letter to the United Nations last Friday in support of China’s policies in Xinjiang. The letter praised China for its “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights,” despite strong criticism from the West and the reported detainment, persecution, […]