Author: Anita Mureithi

Several Chocolate Companies Face Child Slavery Lawsuit

Hazardous child labour is a significant and ongoing issue for chocolate manufacturers. In September 2001, some of the biggest companies in the cocoa industry signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol and pledged to abolish the use of exploitative child labour. Almost twenty years later, the use of child labour is still rampant

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Afghan Woman Shot And Blinded For Getting A Job

On 10 November, it was reported by Reuters that a young woman was attacked as she left her job at a police station in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni Province. 33-year-old Khatera, who goes by only one name, was shot at and stabbed in the eyes with a knife. “I asked the

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UN Joins Global Condemnation Of Military Coup In Mali

The United Nations has denounced the recent military coup in Mali, which saw the forced resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta after he was detained by soldiers on Tuesday. Wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Keïta resigned in a televised address to the nation. He asked, “If

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The Detention And Torture Of Children In Egypt

In a report released in March this year by Human Rights Watch, it was found that the Egyptian police, National Security Agency and military officials have been arbitrarily arresting and torturing children while prosecutors and judges turn a blind eye. In the 43-page report, the rights group has documented violations

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Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor

On March 13, Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police. As the 26-year-old EMT and her boyfriend slept in their apartment, Louisville police burst into their home guns blazing, without warning in search of a suspect who was already in their custody. Taylor was shot eight times. Police claim that

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Sexual Violence As A Weapon Of War

It is no secret that sexual violence is widely used as a weapon of war. Rape has been deployed in conflicts throughout history as a form of psychological warfare intended to punish, intimidate, and destroy whole communities. Inge Skjelsbæk, professor at PRIO has said that over time, discourse has shifted

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Committing Human Rights Atrocities In The Name Of National Security: Unarmed Detainees Executed In Burkina Faso

On Monday 20 April 2020, Human Rights Watch called for an immediate investigation following the execution of 31 unarmed detainees by Burkina Faso’s security forces in the northern town of Djibo, approximately 200 kilometres north of the capital Ouagadougou. The men, all from the Fulani ethnic group, were allegedly killed

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