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 […]

Landmark Case For Iraqi Prisoners Tortured In Abu Ghraib

The Centre of Constitutional Rights (CCR) first filed a case against US Defence Contractor CACI Premier Technology on behalf of four Iraqi men in 2008 under the Alien Tort Statute.  Accusations against CACI included allegations of torture and war crimes committed whilst the men were being detained in the ‘hard […]

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 […]

Prominent Russian Environmentalist Assaulted

Andrei Rudomakha, head of Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, was attacked and beaten by three masked men on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Rudomakha was returning to Krasnodar from Gelendzhik on the Black Sea, where he was documenting the unlicensed construction of a luxury property in a coastal forest area. […]