Eleanor Chapman

About Eleanor Chapman

Cambridge French and Italian undergraduate; currently working with an NGO in Italy as part of year abroad.

80% Of Migrants Arriving In Greece, Italy, And Malta Are Seeking Asylum

A report entitled ‘Mapping Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean’ released on Friday 7 July 2017 challenges the misconception that the majority of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean into Europe labelled as economic migrants. The report reveals more than 84% of the estimated 1,008,616 arrivals in Greece, Italy […]

Human Rights Watch’s Concerns For Protection Of Civilians In Battle For Raqqa

Human Rights Watch declared grave concerns this week for the rights of detainees, indiscriminate attacks, and the treatment of displaced people by the U.S.-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and other local armed groups in the offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) for the city of Raqqa. The Syrian city […]

Peace In Colombia Is More Than A Signed Agreement: With Financial Support, It Offers The Opportunity To Address Underlying Inequalities

Many Colombians have never lived a day of peace. The internal armed conflict between the guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the government and paramilitaries was driven by inequality, drug-trafficking, and territory control lasting over fifty years. Every generation was affected. More than 220,000 people died and […]

New Arrests And Plans To “Eliminate” Chechnya’s Gay Community Demand Sustained International Pressure

On Monday, May 1st, 20 LGBT rights protesters were arrested in St. Petersburg for taking part in the first demonstration inside Russia against the horrifying treatment of gay men in Chechnya. Among the detainees is Igor Kochetkov, director of the Russian LGBT Network, an activist group providing safe houses for gay […]

Homophobic Violence In Chechnya Demands International Action

In a chilling response to reports of extreme levels of homophobic violence against men “with non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” in Chechnya, Russia. A Chechen government spokesperson, has gone so far as to deny the very existence of gay people in the region: “you cannot arrest or repress […]

Levels Of Brutality In Libya Intensify And Rights Must Be Put Above Politics

According to the International Organization for Migration, between 700,000 to 1 million migrants are expected to be held in Libya, and many are hoping to cross into Europe. Although the death toll of those making this perilous journey surpassed 5,000 in 2016, the Mediterranean crossing they hope is ahead of […]

UN Welcomes Central African Republic’s Steps Towards Accountability

On April 4th 2017, the United Nations Security Council welcomed the efforts of the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, to restore peace and security to the crisis-torn country, also stressing the need for the “swift operationalization” of his plans. In its Presidential Statement, the Security Council […]

Starving Civilians Must Not Be Punished For Attacks On Aid Workers In A South Sudan “On The Brink Of An All-Out Ethnic Civil War”

Six aid workers were killed by unknown attackers on Saturday 25 March 2017 in South Sudan, as famine intensifies three years of brutal civil war and fears of ethnic genocide increase. At least 79 aid workers have been killed in the country since the conflict began in December 2013. Aid […]

Geopolitics Returns To The Balkans: EU Instability And Russian Involvement Threaten The Region’s Fragile Peace

While the European Union has been hit by one existential crisis after another – from Brexit to Greek debt to the refugee crisis to the rise of far-right to Eurosceptic xenophobic political parties – nationalist and inter-ethnic tensions have been steadily rumbling in the western Balkans. More than twenty years […]

The Weaponization Of Healthcare In Syria

A report for the Lancet Commission on Syria, published on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, to mark the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, condemns pro-government forces’ targeted attacks on health facilities and workers. In the ‘weaponization’ of healthcare in Syria, “healthcare facilities are attacked, workers are targeted, medical neutrality is […]