Author: Adrianne Ramirez

Easy Prey For Traffickers – Rohingya Refugees’ Vulnerability Will Only Increase From Now

Incident reports of Rohingya Refugees being trafficked or smuggled have concerningly increased last month, as multiple news sources from surrounding countries including Thailand and Malaysia announce respective crackdowns. Police General Damrongsak Kittiprapas, Thailand’s deputy national police chief, stated last month that dozens of accused Thai officers were prosecuted for their

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‘Grant Us The Simple Rights Animals Have’ – Mental Health Crisis In Kara Tepe Highlights Deficiencies Of EU’s Asylum And Migration Policies

A report published by the International Rescue Committee on 17th December (IRC) details a severe mental health crisis affecting at least 15,000 refugees entrapped for years in the 32-hectare Kara Tepe camps on the Greek island of Lesvos. Accounts of severe mental health conditions, including depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),

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Afflicted With The Poison Of Post-Truth: Duterte Government Should Back Claims Of Red-Tagging With Credible Proof

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, leftist leaders and activists from the Makabayan bloc challenged the Duterte government to back their claims of red-tagging with “credible and admissible proof,” in response to the recent Senate hearing on the government’s red-tagging practices. Three weeks ago, the bloc has refuted allegations accusing their members

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Sanctions On Philippine Trade Perks Over Degenerating Human Rights Violations – Is The EU Only Invoking The Ghosts Of Colonization?

In a September 17 resolution, the European Parliament pushed for immediate trade sanctions against the Philippines in response to the Duterte administration’s deteriorating human rights violations. Citing the reinstatement of the death penalty, LGBT and indigenous people’s human rights abuses, and the reinstatement of private and state0backed paramilitary groups, the

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I.O.F. Continues To Batter Palestine – Can The Stalemate Be Broken?

International Middle East Media Center reported on Thursday that the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip demanded accountability from Israel for the relentless human rights violations, crimes, raids, assaults and abuses it continues to commit against the occupied Palestinian territories – especially in the light of the recent surge in

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West Papua Autonomy – Lies, Bullets And Murders

On July 4, 2020, the spokesperson for the National Committee of West Papua (KNB), Victor Yeimo repudiated a unilateral deliberation of the West Papua autonomy bill in Indonesia’s House of Representatives. Indigenous Papuans – the subject of this bill – were not included in the discussion. Sixteen groups in Papua

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‘Twisted Priorities At The Heart Of Nuclear Weapons Spending’ – Follow The Call Of Former U.K. Commanders For Nuclear Cuts And Address COVID-19

  Despite the mounting threats and costs that the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the globe with, pro-military lobbying and government investments on nuclear weaponry persist unabatedly worldwide. However, in an uplifting attempt to curb the global wave of military prioritization, three former U.K. Royal Navy Commanders sent a letter to

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Cambodia PM’s Crackdown On Online Women Vendors – Punishing Women For Their Clothing Choice Is The Root Of Violence, Not The Cure

On Wednesday, 19 February 2020, women’s rights groups condemned the Cambodian government’s crackdown on women who wear provocative clothing while selling goods via live Facebook streams. The crackdown was sanctioned by Prime Minister (PM) Hun Sen’s derogatory threats. He condemned such behaviour as “a violation of our culture and tradition,”

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China-funded Hydropower Dam In South Pulangi: Hold Duterte Administration Accountable For Indigenous Rights Abuses

Being the latest in a series of connections between Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, the construction of a China-funded hydropower dam in South Pulangi threatens 20 indigenous communities in Southern Mindanao. Located about three hours north of Davao

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Robredo’s 1/100 rating For The Philippines’ Anti-Drug War: Corruption And Poverty Are Enabling This Crisis

On 6th January, Philippines’ Vice-President Leni Robredo submitted her report as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs, bringing into the spotlight incriminating statistics of the Duterte administration’s dismal progress in the 3-year long drug war. “Despite the thousands who were killed, and despite the huge sum and resources

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Slovakia’s Latest Regressive Abortion Bill Rejected: How Can Regressive Measures Against Women’s Reproductive Rights Be Countered?

On 5th December, the proposed regressive abortion law in Slovakia was rejected following a Parliamentary vote. The draft legislation required women seeking abortion care to undergo a mandatory ultrasound scanning, to view and obtain the embryo or foetus’ ultrasound image, and where technically possible, to listen to its heartbeat. Furthermore,

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China’s Mass Surveillance Program: The Key To Uyghur Detainment

Last Sunday, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists obtained and released a collection of documents divulging the operations manual and surveillance plans for China’s Xinjiang mass detainment camps that now hold hundreds of thousands of detained Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. For the first time, the Communist Party of China’s

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Pompeo: Statement On Israeli Settlements Imperils Peace

On 18th November, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration no longer considers Israel’s settlements illegal, no longer abiding by the longstanding 1978 State Department’s legal opinion that the settlements on Palestinian territory are against international law. Clearly signalling disinterest in a future Palestinian state, the

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