Author: Aya Wietzorrek

Belarus’ Pro-Democracy Uprising And Political Transition – Another “Referendum” On Constitutional Reforms On The Horizon?

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, nicknamed “Europe’s last dictator,” has been in power for 26 years, and on the 9th of August 2020 in a rigged election, claimed his sixth term in office, supposedly winning 80% of the votes. Ever since, the country has plunged into political crisis, facing weekly mass

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The 2020 Climate Ambition Summit: COVID-19 And Guterres Urging The Declaration Of National States Of “Climate Emergency”

On Saturday 12 December 2020, at the Climate Ambition Summit, UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres called upon world leaders to declare national states of “climate emergency” to increase and speed up climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, until carbon neutrality is reached. In the 2015 Paris Agreement, all parties (195

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The Erosion Of Women’s Rights: Poland’s Constitutional Court Strips Women Of Reproductive Rights, Resulting In The Largest Protests In Decades

On October 22nd, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal outlawed all abortions linked to fetal defects, one of the only abortion scenarios previously permitted and the most common reason for abortion in the country. This ruling has devastating consequences for women’s rights and violates Poland’s international human rights obligations. It has resulted in

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The International Court Of Justice: The Netherlands And Canada Join Gambia In The Genocide Case Against Myanmar

On 2nd September, in a historic move, Canada and The Netherlands have formally joined Gambia in the legal battle to hold the government of Myanmar accountable over allegations of genocide against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group. In 2017, Myanmar’s military committed crimes against humanity and about 900,000 Rohingya were

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