Claudia Thomson

About Claudia Thomson

Claudia is an Australian citizen who grew up in both Hong Kong and Bangkok. This international experience has extended her global mindset, cementing her appreciation for freedoms of expression, and has given her first hand exposure to political conflict, injustice and change. Claudia is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Arts at Sydney University.

Voting Begins In The First Major Elections In Hong Kong Since Pro-Democracy Protests

The polls opened at 07:30 local time in Hong Kong today, and will close 15 hours later. Hong Kong’s citizens are voting for members of the Legislative Council (LegCo), which is a body that passes and rejects laws, and approves the government’s budget. Today’s voting is significant as these are […]

Human Rights Abuses in Australian Detainment and Detention Centres

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International released a report criticising both the living conditions of asylum seekers and condemning the human rights abuses occurring against them, at a processing centre on the island of Nauru. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are internationally operating non-governmental organisations that […]

France Mourns In Wake Of Bastille Day Attacks

Last Thursday, the Bastille Day festivities were interrupted as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhel, 31, drove a lorry down the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, deliberately targeting people and running them down. The terror began at around 10:30pm after thousands of people had watched a fireworks display on the seafront to celebrate […]

Lethal Justice: Death At The Hands Of The Police

  Last Thursday at 7pm local time, a peaceful protest march through the city of Dallas began. The march was in response to the deaths of Philando Castile, 32, and Alton Sterling, 37, who were killed earlier in the week by police in two separate incidences. As the march was […]

Missing Hong Kong Bookseller Speaks

Earlier this week Lam Wing Kee, 61, spoke out about his recent kidnapping and imprisonment by Chinese ‘special forces’ from October 2015 to early June 2016. By the end of 2015 five Hong Kong booksellers had gone missing, in a series of events that have raised international concern for both […]

Mass Shooting Inside Orlando Nightclub

Last Sunday saw the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history when a gunman opened fire inside of a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The attack occurred at 02:00 AM local time, in an event that tragically killed at least 49 people and injured dozens more. The gunman, identified as 29-year-old […]

Pope Francis Meets With Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb

  After a five-year hiatus in dialogue, Pope Francis has met with Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar Mosque. The al-Azhar Mosque and university complex may be considered to be the highest authority in the Sunni Muslim world. The half-hour meeting took place last Monday at the […]