Author: Alyssa Pong

Does EU Sanctions On Iran Reveal Double Standards On Human Rights?

On Saturday, 24 April 2021, Iran published a formal letter protesting against the European Union’s (EU) sanctions and blacklisting of eight Iranian military commanders and security officials, over their roles in the deadly crackdown on protests in 2019. Significantly, this is the first time the EU has imposed sanctions on

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What do the Anti-Modi Protests Reveal about Bangladesh-India Relations?

On March 26th, hundreds of people gathered outside Dhaka’s main mosque, Baitul Mokarram, in protest of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Bangladesh’s capital amidst celebrations of the country’s 50th anniversary since its independence. Al Jazeera reported that violence broke out after a group of protestors – aligned with

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A Step Forward For LGBTQ+ Rights In Malaysia

Trigger warning: This article mentions the persecution of LGBTQ+ people(s), violence, and conversion therapy. — In a historic moment on 25 February, Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled a state law, which allows punishment for “unnatural sex” (including consensual same-sex conduct), as unconstitutional. Though Section 377 of the Penal Code – a

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Protests At India’s Historic Red Fort Prompts Response From Modi

A tractor parade that went awry on 26 January – India’s Republic Day, marking the 72nd-anniversary of the country adopting its constitution – has prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first public comments on the long-standing protests led by farmers. Over 100,000 farmers across 20 states and 10,000 tractors had reportedly

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Protests Erupt In India Upon Death Of 19-Year-Old Rape Victim

On Tuesday, September 29th, a Dalit woman passed away at a Delhi hospital from serious injuries sustained after she was brutally attacked and gang-raped by four upper-caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district. The attack occurred two weeks prior. The woman was allegedly pulled into a field where the men

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Afghan Women To Face Taliban In Talks: What Does This Mean For Peace?

Upon this past week’s release of all remaining Taliban prisoners, it was announced that five Afghan women are preparing to face the hardline group in upcoming September peace talks. Among these women stand high-profile women’s rights campaigner Fawzia Koofi, expert in Islamic law Fatima Gailani, lawyer Shahla Fareed, local politician

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Israel’s Move Towards A Unity Government

On Friday, 27 March 2020, Blue and White leader and recently elected Speaker of the Knesset (parliament), Benny Gantz, appeared to enter unity talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This comes after Gantz was appointed by President Reuven Rivlin as leader of the next government to be established amidst the

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Is The Coronavirus A Pandemic?

Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that countries should be “in a phase of preparedness,” highlighting that it was still too early to call the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Head of WHO’s health emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, added that now is the time to “do everything you

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The Impact Of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act On Bangladeshis In India

The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019 by the Indian parliament has resulted in an influx of people-smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border. The CAA grants Indian citizenship to minorities from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. As a result of the Act, 1.9 million

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Russia And Turkey Agree To Observe Peace Deal In Idlib

Amidst renewed airstrikes by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu agreed on Monday, 27th January 2020, that a peace deal over the northwestern province be observed. That same day, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, Deputy

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The Impact of U.S.-Iran Relations On Iraq

The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC’s) Quds Force, by a U.S. air raid was met by yet another retaliation this Sunday, 22 January 2020, as the U.S. Embassy, located in Baghdad’s Green Zone, became a target for rocket fire. An initial military

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