Author: Ashleigh Middleton

New Malaysian Anti-LGBT Law Proposal

On Friday, 25 June, a task force within the Malaysian government proposed modifications to the laws governing social media. The new amendments would allow Malaysian officials to pursue legal action against users who insult Islam and “promote LGBT lifestyles.” The Sharia law was proposed in response to the increase in social

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Brazilian Welfare Reduction And Poverty During COVID-19

In December 2020, the Brazilian government withdrew a series of welfare packages intended to offset unemployment and healthcare costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The package was one of the most generous internationally and was intended to reduce the economic crisis and the socioeconomic turmoil among the Brazilian population. Since

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Ethiopian Government Releases Statement On Tigray Actions

On June 3rd, 2021, The Ethiopian Government released a statement defending its presence and actions within its northern Tigray province. The statement was released by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office and “condemned the acts that put life and dignity of civilians in danger.” In the past months, the Ethiopian National

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World Bank Releases Report On Growing Food Insecurity

The World Bank released an analysis of the rising food insecurity rates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, released on May 20th, 2021, stated that “COVID-19 impacts have led to severe and widespread increases in global food insecurity, affecting vulnerable households in almost every country, with impacts expected

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The Canadian Remand System

The Criminal Justice System of Canada heavily relies on its remand program to achieve its objectives. However, this system challenges the rights and freedoms of individuals who are held before conviction.  The remand system refers to individuals who have been charged with an offense but have not yet received a

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Radovan Karadzic to Transfer to Detention in The United Kingdom

Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the Serbian Democratic Party, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, is to be transferred to a British prison. He will serve the remainder of his 40-year sentence for his involvement in the genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The British Foreign Office released a statement pertaining to

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United Nations Calls For Investigation Into Brazilian Police Violence

The United Nations has called for an independent, in-depth investigation into police violence and operation in the Jacarezinho neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. The statement, published on 7th May 2021, was created in response to police within the city firing bullets throughout the neighbourhood at citizens. Police agencies stated that

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The Overrepresentation Of Indigenous Youth Within The Justice System

The relationship between Indigenous communities and the Canadian government has been plagued with turmoil and conflict. The Canadian justice system is no outlier in this occurrence. Indigenous communities are vastly overrepresented within the justice system as a whole, specifically within incarceration. In 2018 Indigenous peoples accounted for 30% of the

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Indigenous Brazilians Fight Against Bill-191

Indigenous communities in Brazil have begun staging protests to object to the proposed Bill 191 which would allow mining operations on Indigenous Brazilian lands. The bill, introduced by politicians and mining groups, would allow mining including oil and gas projects, as well as hydroelectric dams, on and around indigenous lands,

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United Nations Comment On Children Of Tigray

On March 19th, 2021, UNICEF released a statement addressing the humanitarian crisis within the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Executive Director Henrietta Fore opened with an acknowledgement of the ongoing conflict and children’s need to access basic social services. This statement follows a series of articles published by UNICEF, highlighting the

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