Author: Camille Bouvet-Boisclair

Eritrea’s Diplomatic Advances Overshadow Domestic Crimes

As of 2009 the United Nations (UN) Security Council imposed a variety of sanctions on Eritrea. The sanctions were in response to allegations against the nation for supplying arms to al-Shabaab rebels in Somalia for their violent border disputes with Djibouti. The UN made an arms embargo throughout Eritrea, and

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Amnesty International: The Latest Victim Of India’s Attack On Civil Society

On October 25, Indian government officers raided Amnesty India’s offices in Bangalore. Amnesty India is the Indian branch of Amnesty International, the human rights NGO. India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED), responsible for investigating financial crimes, conducted the raids on the basis that Amnesty India violated the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

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Rwanda Fights The Importation Of Used Clothes, And The U.S. Fights Back

Al Jazeera reports that earlier this year Rwanda was partially suspended from the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA). Essentially AGOA allows eligible African nations to export selected goods to the U.S. tax-free. The organization exists as an acknowledgement of the systemic inequalities that contribute to the global wealth disparities. In light

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Criminalization of Humanitarian Aid: Thirty Members of Migrant Rescue Team Charged With Human Trafficking

Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) is Greek nonprofit whose mission is to provide humanitarian aid, especially to refugees making the perilous journey through the Aegean Sea. From the island of Lesbos, the agency conducted search and rescue operations. Since 2015 they claim to have helped over 45,000 refugees reach safety.

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Ortega Orders Expulsion of UN Human Rights Team

On Friday Nicaragua’s President, Daniel Ortega, ordered the expulsion of the United Nations human rights team posted in the country. This demand takes place only two days after the team published a report that condemned the government’s violent response to the ongoing political conflict. Since mid-April, demonstrators in Nicaragua have

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Trump Cuts Over $200 Million in Palestine Aid

This Friday the Trump administration announced a $200 million reduction in Palestinian aid for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The administration claims they made this decision while evaluating the implications and difficulties of providing aid to the Gaza Strip, a state under control of Hamas, whom the U.S.

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Kerala’s Deadly Floods: The Worst Of The Century

This year’s monsoon in India’s southern state, Kerala, has suffered a deadly toll over the past ten days. As torrential rains reach unprecedented levels, the deaths resulting from flash floods and mudslides have risen to 357. Entire villages have been inundated and washed away, and over 350 000 victims have

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Beijing’s Aggressive Anti-Migrant Campaign

This winter, forcible evictions in China’s capital have intensified. After an apartment fire killed 19 people in November, the government launched an aggressive campaign to destroy unauthorized and unsafe structures. Entire neighbourhoods in Beijing have since been demolished, forcing eviction upon tens of thousands of residents. The campaign is so

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Myanmar’s Historic War Continues

A bombing on Wednesday in Lashio, the largest city in the Shan State of Northern Myanmar, killed two women and wounded 22 civilians. While no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, these events are not uncommon in the North. The attack calls attention to the historic civil war between

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Gaza: From Crisis To Total Collapse

After years of violence, isolation, and failed peace efforts, Gaza may be reaching a long-anticipated breaking point. The strip has been in a state of deterioration for over a decade, but now analysts fear Gaza is reaching a total economic collapse. The most recent figures from the World Bank rank

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Turkey Tells U.S: Stop Backing Syrian Kurds

On January 20th, the Turkish military offensive into Afrin, known as “Operation Olive Branch”, began. Turkey’s goal is to eliminate an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 members of the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, who control the area. Turkey claims the YPG has ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party

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