Author: Emma Lindblom

Spanish Deportations Draw Claims Of Children’s Rights Abuse

Human rights groups have criticized Spain for sending hundreds of unaccompanied minors back to Morocco from Ceuta, the country’s North African enclave. These deportations, which the rights groups say are illegal, have prompted worries over a lack of transparency from Spanish officials. The operation was reportedly not officially announced, and

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Israel Continues to Arrest Children In Protest Crackdown

During the current escalation of violence in East Jerusalem and other occupied areas, Israeli government forces have been conducting mass arrests of more than 1,550 Palestinians, including a number of children. This is part of the state’s ‘Operation Law and Order’ initiative, pronounced mass incarceration of Palestinian citizens in Israel

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ASEAN Resolves Response To Myanmar Crisis In Emergency Summit

On April 24th, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held an emergency summit to determine the bloc’s response to the violent coup in Myanmar. The meeting in Jakarta marks the first cooperative international movement to handle the crisis, with leaders and representatives working together to develop a solution. This

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China Responds to International Sanctions Condemning Uyghur Persecution

The EU, US, UK, and Canada launched a “coordinated action” of sanctions against China on Monday, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has since responded in kind. These sanctions blacklisted various Chinese political officials and froze the assets of two Xinjiang companies. The countries called for “China to end its

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The U.S. Faces Surge Of Anti-Asian Violence

Incensed by racist and xenophobic rhetoric championed by Former President Donald Trump, there have been countless cases of hate crimes against Asian Americans over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic this past year. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group dedicated to documenting anti-Asian discrimination throughout the pandemic, has reported more

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UN Peacekeeping Force Begins Withdrawal From Darfur

The new year marks the beginning of the United Nations’ withdrawal of its peacekeeping forces from Darfur, Sudan. On December 22, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to end the joint African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (known as UNAMID), after more than 13 years of operation. This means that

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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

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Protestors In Bangkok Call For Dissolution Of Thai Parliament

Tensions caused by the current Thai government’s policies have come to a head this week, as approximately 2,500 non-violent protestors converged at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on Saturday. The protestors were calling for the dissolution of parliament, the end of incarceration of government critics, and a rewriting of the

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Civil Liberties And COVID-19

In efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and balance the fallout of the crisis, governments are forced to find new ways to keep populations safe and reduce further transmission of the virus. This includes offsetting the economic consequences of reducing world business and avoiding as much strain

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A Snapshot Of LGBTQ+ Rights Now And In The Future

As LGBTQ+ History Month comes to a close in the UK and other countries, it is worthwhile to take a snapshot of LGBTQ+ rights in the world today. Great strides have been made in the past decade, with many nations recognising same-sex marriage and putting into place protections against discrimination

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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.

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