Author: Alina Duenas

Refugee Resettlement Reaches 20-Year Low

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (U.N.H.C.R) and other humanitarian agencies have expressed growing concern for those in need as 2020 marked the lowest number of safe refugee resettlements in nearly two decades. Not only have recipient countries lowered their refugee admission quotas, but the coronavirus pandemic also introduced

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UN Security Council Fails To Swiftly Condemn Myanmar’s Military Coup

On Monday, February 1st, Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup against the democratically elected government, declaring a one-year state of emergency, and detaining several government leaders. While individual leaders expressed concern and condemned the coup, the United Nations (UN) Security Council failed to condemn the coup after meeting for

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World Health Organization Leads Investigation In China For COVID-19 Origins, Amidst Claims For More Transparency

On Monday, 11th of January, Chinese authorities announced that a team of international experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) would arrive on the 14th in China to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Voice of America (VOA) reports, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated that the

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Saudi Arabia Ends Three And A Half Year-Long Embargo On Qatar

On the 5th of January, an agreement was signed between Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries that marks the restoration of diplomatic ties and the end of a three-and-a-half-year embargo with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) imposed the diplomatic, trade, and travel embargo

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Pro-Kurdish Former Lawmaker Imprisoned On Terrorism Charges, Growing Concerns Over Turkey’s Violations of Rights and Freedoms

On Monday 21st of December, a Turkish court sentenced former Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Guven to more than twenty-two years in jail for three separate terrorism charges. The sentencing of Guven highlighted a growing concern over Turkey’s violations of fundamental freedoms and rights. In June, Guven of the Peoples’ Democratic Party

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Duda Ratifies U.S.-Poland Defense Agreement

After more than a year of meetings and negotiations, on November 9th, Polish President Andrzej Duda ratified the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (E.D.C.A.), a defense deal with the United States that would increase U.S. military presence in Poland and strengthen U.S.-Poland relations. Military presence would increase by an additional 1,000

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Political Tensions In Uganda Rise As Elections Approach, EU Won’t Send Election Observers

In Uganda, tensions are running high as the 2021 January presidential elections approach. Not only has the country been campaigning and planning to operate the election under COVID-19 restrictions, but there have been increased reports of political tensions and riots. Additionally, the European Union announced on Monday, November 16th that

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Controversial Monk Wirathu Surrenders to Myanmar Police

After more than a year on the run for sedition charges and just six days from the 2020 Myanmar general election, Buddhist monk, Ashin Wirathu, handed himself over to police on Monday, November 2nd. According to Tricycle, a Myanmar court issued a warrant for Wirathu’s arrest in May of last

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