Alexander Bunker

Spiraling Toward Autocracy: An Unchecked Polish Government

The Polish Human Rights Commissioner, Adam Bodnar, has warned that “the safety valves protecting human rights” are on the verge of being dismantled by the right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS), who have governed since October 2015. During this two year tenure, Poland has received heavy criticism from the European […]

An Inconvenient Truth: Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record

Many would ascribe the constant tensions between the Western superpowers and the Islamic world since the 1970s to be the result of the West’s consistent attempts to alter the cultural and political makeup of the Middle East. U.S. foreign policy is far from passive in the region, from the CIA-led […]

Torture, Rape And Civilian Casualties: Libya’s Civil War

Since the 2011 civil war which deposed the autocratic dictator Muammar Gaddafi and saw the deaths of over 30,000 Libyans, competing armed militias have wreaked havoc and collectively propagated a humanitarian disaster. On 30 October 2017, an airstrike in the militant-controlled city of Derna killed 16 civilians, and despite the […]

The Racial Divide In South Africa Widens With Ongoing Violence Toward The Farming Community

On Monday, predominantly white protesters stormed the motorways and road network of South Africa, after a spate of farm-based murders of fellow white people. According to AfriForum, this year approximately 72 white farmers have been brutally murdered in over 300 attacks, with the most recent happening during the protest, when […]

An Increasingly Tyrannical Turkish Regime?

Since the failed coup d’etat of July 2016, Erdogan’s tyrannical regime has arrested over 50,000 people suspected of militant involvement, 1,200 of which, according to the Interior Ministry, were detained in the last week. In April, the questionable ballot to drastically alter Turkey’s constitution led to the removal of a […]

Pleas For Humanitarian Aid As Atrocities Carried Out In The Central African Republic

On Friday, October 6th, Najat Rochdi, the coordinator for humanitarian affairs in the Central African Republic (CAR), pled for further investment into the nation to alleviate its critical state. At the meeting, held in Cameroon by the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Rochdi asked for funding to […]

Finally, An End To The Palestinian Rift?

Since the administrative rift of 2007, when Palestine was divided into the Hamas-controlled Gaza and Fatah’s West Bank, various attempts at governmental reconciliation have failed. One such attempt in 2014 under a ‘Unity Government’, a merger of the opposing political factions, created an institution considered to be greatly in favour […]

The War In Yemen: Saudi-Coalition Forcing A Country Into Humanitarian Disaster

After the 2015 Houthi coup d’etat, which ousted President Abdrabbuh Hadi, a pro-government Saudi-led coalition has prompted a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The conflict exists between the Houthis – a predominantly Shia revolutionary faction –  and the loyalist supporters of Hadi, who have the backing of a Saudi alliance involving […]

The Philippines’ Commission For Human Rights Is Paralyzed Amidst A Barbaric ‘War on Drugs’

Rodrigo Duterte, president of Philippines, in June 2016 launched a highly controversial “war on drugs.” This war has led to the unlawful killings of over 7,000 people involved in criminal activity. Upon inauguration, Duterte called for citizens to kill drug-addicts, as well as any individuals involved in the drug trade. […]