Ben Flighty


About Ben Flighty

Ben is a Political Science and Public Policy graduate from Victoria University of Wellington

Removing New Zealand’s Prisoner Voting Ban A Crucial Test For Democracy And Human Rights

In 2010, the National-led government banned prisoners from voting in a decision that has been repeatedly condemned by New Zealand’s Courts, academics and activists alike. Only after a decade and a continuous stream of evidence that the ban is undemocratic has the current Labour-led government decided to propose a change. […]


Russia Backs India For Permanent United Nations Security Council Seat 1

Speaking at the fifth Raisina Dialogue recently, an annual conference held in New Delhi to discuss geopolitical and economic issues, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that India should be given a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Lavrov cited the underrepresentation of developing countries as the primary reason […]


Why International Pressure Is The Only Way To Stop Environmental Damage In The Amazon Rainforest

For the past three weeks, large sections of the Amazon Rainforest have been on fire. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), there have already been more than 72,000 fires this year – an 84% increase compared with the same period last year. The fires have intensified over […]


Power-Sharing Deal Officially Signed In Sudan, Still A Long Road To Prosperity

After months of uncertainty in Sudan, a landmark power-sharing deal has been formally signed between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change Alliance (FFC) which seeks to begin the transition to civilian rule in Sudan. The agreement was signed in the capital Khartoum by Mohamed […]