Day: March 30, 2021

Colombia: A Leading Example In Its Treatment of Refugees

The Colombian government has been praised for paving the way in how states should respond to increased flows of refugees and displaced people. Last month, President Ivan Duque of Colombia made a historic decision to grant temporary protective status to almost 1 million Venezuelan refugees within the country. This decision

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Nigerian Gunmen Abduct 30 Students In Latest Mass Kidnapping

On late Thursday, March 11th, approximately 30 students were reportedly abducted by gunmen from a forestry college in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state. The incident marks at least the fourth mass kidnapping in the country since December. According to Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security and

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China’s Coverup Of COVID-19 And Why It Is Detrimental

In December 2020, leaked Chinese government documents showed that the Chinese Communist Party and The National Health Commission knew about the following COVID-19 pandemic even before January 14th and still failed to warn the public for six key days. The 117-page report revealed that hundreds of citizens were showing up

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Court Fails To Overturn Loujain al-Hathloul’s Sentence

On March 10, Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul’s attempt to appeal her sentence was denied by Saudi courts. Hathloul was sentenced to six years imprisonment in December for charges related to national security, although critics argue that the charges were politically motivated. She was released in mid-February but is

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Sri Lanka To Ban Burqa; Shut Islamic Schools

In a recent announcement, Sri Lanka said it will soon ban burqas and face coverings in public as well as shut down over 1,000 Islamic schools. Affecting the country’s Muslim population, the move was cited as “on the grounds of national security” and comes two years after the Easter Sunday

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Senegal Opposition Leader Charged With Rape And Released On Bail

Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested this month after being charged with rape on Monday, March 8th. After multiple violent protests pending his rape trial, his lawyer announced that he has now been released on bail under judicial supervision. Sonko claims that the rape allegations against him were politically

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Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert Speaks Out About Imprisonment In Iran

Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert has recently spoke out about her treatment in an Iranian prison and the Australian Government’s attempts at negotiating her safe return home to Australia. After attending a conference in 2018, Dr. Moore-Gilbert was arrested at Tehran

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