Charlotte Ryan

About Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte is an undergraduate student studying Economics and Finance at the University of New South Wales. She recently became an OWP correspondent in order to offer research-based commentary on abuses of power and non-combative policy alternatives.

The Overrepresentation Of Indigenous Women In Australia’s Prisons

The recent release of a report conducted by the Australian Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has uncovered the extent of the over-incarceration of Australia’s Indigenous Women. The report detailed how the past six years have seen a 50% surge in female Indigenous prisoners in some state prisons. When […]

The Scandalous Silencing: Julian Assange’s Asylum Becomes Uncertain

The political asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become increasingly tentative as the Ecuadorian government succumbs to pressure from the U.K., U.S., and Spanish governments. Recent tensions have risen since Assange breached an agreement not to tweet content that could put in jeopardy “at risk good relations which [Ecuador] […]

‘The Children Of Jordanian Women’: Jordan’s Sub-Class Of ‘Non-Citizens’

Under the status quo, Jordanian citizenship is patrilineal, such that a child born to a Jordanian mother and a foreign national father is considered a non-citizen. This generation of ‘abna’ al-urduniyat,’ or ‘the children of Jordanian women,’ are increasingly ostracized in Jordanian society. Unable to access the basic rights, freedoms, […]

Political Extraction: Environmental Activists Fined Almost Seven Times More Than Miners

Thirteen environmental activists protesting against the Adani group’s Carmichael coal mine in North Queensland, Australia, have been fined a total of $80 000. In January, the protestors chained themselves to coal-loading equipment in an attempt to disrupt the operations of Australia’s largest mine. The Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) group […]

Sierra Leone’s Dual Citizenship Upheaval Reignites The Fault Lines Of Democracy

Sixteen years after the end of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war, a previously unenforced stipulation of the 1991 Constitution is threatening to upturn national cohesion. Referencing Section 76(1), the incumbent All People’s Congress (APC) party have announced that dual citizens are not eligible to contest parliamentary elections. Had the dual […]

Will Canada Continue To Fuel Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs?’

On February 6, the Canadian Commercial Corporation announced the $233 million sale of sixteen combat helicopters to the Philippine air force. In the initial announcement, the public was reassured that the Bell helicopters would be used solely for “disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport.” However, the […]

Could Proposed Legislative Reform End France’s Violent War On Drugs?

A recently commissioned parliamentary report has suggested decriminalizing all drug use to ease France’s congested criminal justice system. Comprised of two assembly members of the governing centrist and centre-right parties, the report’s authorship recommended either fining (rather than prosecuting) individuals found in possession of drugs or downgrading use and possession […]

Digitizing And Disenfranchising India’s Poor

Since July 2016, the Narendra Modi government has rolled out Aadhaar – ‘the Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services Act’ – to 1.1 billion Indian residents. Using biometric information, including fingerprints, facial photographs and iris scans, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues recipients with […]

International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women 2017

The 25th of November marked International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, beginning sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence, concluding on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day. The UN has previously characterised gender-based violence as a ‘global pandemic’. Accordingly, one in three women and girls encounter […]

Quebec Judge Hears Arguments Challenging The Law Banning Face Coverings

This week, a Quebec judge has heard arguments on ‘Bill 62’ – the controversial provincial ban on wearing face coverings, such as the niqab, in certain public spaces. Bill 62 has been in place since October and has already impacted on niqab wearing women who work as public sector employees, […]

More Indigenous Activists Killed In Colombia

On October 24th , a prominent Colombian Indigenous activist, Aulio Isamara Forastero, was assassinated near the Catru Dubaza Ancoso shelter. An official statement by the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia (ONIC) describes how five men dressed in the uniform of the Colombian guerrilla group, ELN, took Forasterio from his home under […]

Human Rights Lawyers Arrested In Tanzania While Consulting With HIV Positive Patients

On the 17th October, a group of human rights lawyers and activists were arrested for ‘promoting homosexuality’ while consulting with clients in relation to Tanzania’s HIV legislation. The meeting planned to discuss recourse to the government’s ban of critical services for HIV positive patients, including privately run HIV outreach centres […]

Hungary’s Hatemongering Anti-Migrant Campaign Intensifies

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has intensified its vilification of migrants as it continues to demonize native-born humanitarian George Soros, who has advocated for the EU to commit to resettling 300,000 refugees each year. Led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Fidesz party is hoping to consolidate its authority with a […]

Will The Australian Government ‘Wake Up’ After The Latest Asylum Seeker Death At An Offshore Detention Facility?

Another detainee has died in an Australian offshore detention centre on Manus Island after allegedly taking his own life. The thirty-two-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil man was sent to hospital three days prior to receiving attention for injuries from self-harm. Since the Papa New Guinean High Court ruled that the detention […]