Emma Lindblom


About Emma Lindblom

Emma Lindblom is currently an undergraduate at the University of Otago, studying Bachelors' degrees in Law and Politics. She has an interest in human rights and climate change issues.

The Role Of Climate Change In Devastating Venice Floods

Amidst the eerie scenes coming out of Venice this week after the lagoon city saw its worst flooding since 1966, there is a much more sobering reality at play. The city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, points to climate change as one of the many factors that have led to this destruction. […]


Italian Senator And Holocaust Survivor Receives Police Protection After Anti-Semitic Death Threats

When an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor proposes a political commission on anti-racism and anti-hatred, you would imagine that the motion would get wide support. That was not the case in Milan, Italy this week. Liliana Segre, an Italian senator, instead needs a police escort of two paramilitary officers because of death […]


#NODAPL – A Problem That Will Not Go Away Easily

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been in commercial operation since June 2017, despite the months of protests by Sioux Native Americans and others at Standing Rock. The pipeline in North Dakota passes under Lake Oahe along the Missouri River, the main water source for the Standing Rock tribe. The pipeline […]


Human Rights Groups Criticize Greece For Controversial Asylum Law

The Greek government has passed a new asylum law to deal with its overflowing migrant camps, and many human rights groups are criticizing the move. According to the government’s civil protection minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, the new law proposes to speed up and ‘streamline’ the unwieldy process of seeking asylum in […]


“Taping Their Mouths Shut”: Unacceptable Free Speech Violations In Thailand

Since a military coup in 2014, citizens in Thailand face the risk of being jailed for decades if they express any kind of dissent against the government. This week, Human Rights Watch published an investigative report surrounding the government’s treatments of citizens it accuses of spreading misinformation and inciting violent […]


U.S. Condemns Beijing’s Response To Hong Kong Protests With New Pro-Democracy Legislation

Last Tuesday, the American House of Representatives passed legislation condemning the Hong Kong government’s response to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and other resolutions were passed through a voice vote, with rare bipartisan support, purport to support the protests in several ways. […]


SCOTUS Hears Landmark LGBTQ+ Employment Discrimination Cases

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard three landmark cases regarding protection against discrimination in the workplace for gay and trans people. Two of the cases were for gay men who were fired for being gay, and the other was for a transgender woman who was fired […]


Mosque Gunman To Have Trial In Christchurch

The defence team for the Christchurch gunman have decided not to pursue a change of venue for the trial that is set to begin in June next year. On Thursday this week, the accused appeared in a pre-trial hearing via a visual-audio link in the Christchurch High Court. His defence […]


Cries Of Corruption Amidst Protests In Cairo

Late Friday night, hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Cairo, decrying alleged corruption in President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime. This was spurred on by a series of viral videos made by former military building contractor and actor Mohamed Ali, which detailed various contracts he had completed while in […]


#BlueGirl: Iranian Football Fan Dies After Self-Immolation 1

Sahar Khodayari, 29, has died as a result of burns after setting herself on fire outside a courtroom last Monday in Tehran. Sahar had appeared in court for disguising herself as a man and attempting to sneak into a match between the Iranian national men’s football team, Esteghlal, and the […]