Alexa Grunow

About Alexa Grunow

Alexa is a senior correspondent and West/South Africa adviser for the Crisis Index. She believes strongly in the OWP’s mission to spread awareness of armed conflict’s full cost and advocate for non-violent solutions. Alexa is particularly interested in issues pertaining to democracy, as well as immigrant and refugee rights. Alexa is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and English.

Mozambique: Office Of Independent Newspaper, Canal De Moçambique, Set On Fire

On August 23rd, the office of popular newspaper Canal de Moçambique was burned down by unidentified individuals. The newspaper is often critical of the government, and is known for its investigative work, particularly pertaining to corruption. The attack comes as the Mozambican government cracks down on press freedom. Coverage of […]

Report: “Across-The-Board Violation Of Human Rights” In Kashmir

The Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir’s (FHRJK) annual report on the regions’ 11-month lockdown condemned an “across-the-board violation of human rights.”  More specifically, the report highlights the detrimental impact of India’s “draconian” policies on the region’s economy, media, public health, civilian security, and educational access. The territory […]

Japan, UNDP Partner With Mozambique On Peace-Promotion Project

On July 10th, the United Nations Development Program and Japan launched a development program to aid “peace, social, cohesion, and conflict prevention” in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province. Coordinating with Mozambique’s Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of State Administration, and police force, the project will focus on “strengthening institutional capacity, sensitization, […]

“On The Far Side Of The Trail Of Tears Was A promise”: Supreme Court Upholds 1866 Muscogee Nation Boundaries

On June 9, in a 5-4 ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the 1866 treaty delineating Muscogee Nation’s reservation remains legally binding. Further, the case establishes that the reservation boundaries demarcate criminal jurisdiction over tribal citizens. In 1997, Jimcy McGirt was convicted by an Oklahoma […]

RSF Calls For Removal Of Jammu And Kashmir’s “Orwellian” New Media Policy

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the Jammu and Kashmir’s administration’s new media policy, “Media-Policy 2020,” as “Orwellian” and “prior censorship.” The majority-Muslim union territory—formerly a state with special autonomous status until 2019—has seen substantial unrest in recent years. Notably, on June 21st, three separatist militants were killed in Srinagar, the […]

Sahel Crisis: UN Launches US$ 186 Million Appeal For Refugees As Violence Escalates

On June 12th, the UNHRC issued a US$186 million appeal for the refugee and displacement crisis in the Sahel region. Of the total $186 million, $97 million goes toward “initial requirements” for 2020, while $60 million is to grow the UNHCR’s emergency response, and $29 million will be used to […]

Watchdog Groups: Kenya’s Quarantine Centres Must Improve Conditions

Kenya’s Covid-19 quarantine centres “undermine” occupants’ rights and may facilitate the virus’ spread, according to a joint statement released on May 28th by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Kenya Commission on Human Rights (KCHR), and Journalists for Justice. Centres reportedly lack electricity, food, bedding, and cleaning supplies. Moreover, according […]

Russia Supplies Combat Jets To LNA As Wagner Forces Fly Out Of Tripoli

On May 25th 2020, an estimated 1,500 Wagner Group forces (Russian mercenary group) flew out of Tripoli, after General Haftar’s Libyan National Army’s (LNA) withdrew from the capital city. Two days later, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced that Russia deployed 14 MiG 29 and SU-24 fighter planes to Libya, […]

Mozambique Faces Human Rights Crisis From Government And Insurgents

On May 19th the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation met to discuss the “security situation” in Mozambique’s northernmost province, Cabo Delgado. The province faces a shadowy insurgent group, known locally as “al-Shabab” or “Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jama” (ASWJ). The group has committed 350 attacks […]

WeChat Uses International Accounts To Advance Censorship In China

Chinese messaging app WeChat monitors international users to strengthen the Chinese censorship system, a new study from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab found.  The app boasts 1.15 billion users around the world. Previously, content surveillance was thought to only affect users registered in China. However, WeChat analyzes international users’ […]

Hong Kong Court Of Appeal: Face Mask Ban Partially Upheld

On April 9, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal partially overturned the High Court’s October ruling that the blanket ban on face masks is unconstitutional under Basic Law (the island’s “mini-constitution”). More specifically, the Court found the ban constitutionally sound with regard to unapproved protests. The ruling comes after widespread […]