Emma Lindblom

About Emma Lindblom

Emma Lindblom is a recent graduate of the University of Otago, with Bachelors' degrees in Law and Politics. She has an interest in human rights and climate change issues.

Cries Of Corruption As Anti-Government Protests Continue In Guatemala

Protests in Guatemala have continued, with protestors calling for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and transparent governance. On Saturday 28th November, more than 2,000 people congregated in the central plaza of Guatemala City demanding the discontinuation of Congress. Angela Guzman, a 50-year-old Guatemalan City resident, spoke to Aljazeera saying […]

Amnesty International Halts Indian Operations Due To Government “Witch-Hunt”

After 55 years of work in the country, Amnesty International’s Indian Office announced that it has decided to stop its operations due to government reprisal and the freezing of their accounts. In a statement released on September 29th, it announced that since the freezing of its bank accounts; it has […]

“Threatened By A Kangaroo Court”: The Meaning Of U.S. Sanctions Against The ICC

In an incendiary move announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on June 11th, the U.S. has imposed economic and legal sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) officials. These officials are those who are part of an ICC investigation of war crimes committed in Afghanistan by Taliban, Afghan, and […]

Hungarian Parliament Rejects Treaty Protecting Women Against Gender-Based Violence

Hungarian Parliament has moved three steps back in the struggle for gender equality, as it passed a declaration refusing to ratify a landmark treaty designed to fight violence against women. On May 5, Parliament announced that it would not be ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Combating Violence against […]

Disproportionate Police Response Criticised Amidst Protests At Indian University

On January 5th, more than 30 students and teachers at India’s prestigious university Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were attacked by a violent masked mob, and the Delhi police are being criticised for their lack of adequate response towards the horrific attacks. Over the weekend, students had been protesting a fee […]

A “Horrific Reality”: The Inhumane Detainment Of People With Autism In The UK

It has been a month since the UK parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights published a report outlining the severe human rights abuses that occur in the detainment of young people with autism and other intellectual disabilities in mental health hospitals in the UK. The Committee reported “grim” evidence about […]

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 […]

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. […]