Elianna Spitzer

Journalists Jailed After Investigating Evidence of Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Two Reuters journalists were jailed in Myanmar after investigating allegations of genocide against the Rohingya. The sentencing of the journalists came just over a week after the UN released an official report referring to the actions of Myanmar authorities as genocide. The report called the persecution of the Rohingya people […]

Two Earthquakes Rock Already Shaken Indonesian Island

The island of Lombok experienced two earthquakes on Sunday, with magnitudes of 6.5 and 6.9. The quakes killed at least 12 people and damaged over 1,800 homes, according to the New York Times. These quakes occurred just two weeks after a different earthquake devastated the island. On August 5 a […]

Human Rights Proponents Receive Death Threats In Nicaragua

An attempt to count the dead resulted in death threats last week. The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) closed its Managuan office on August 6 after staff members received death threats by phone. ANDPH has been committed to identifying those killed in over three months of anti-government protests in Nicaragua. […]

New Zealand’s Parliament Passes Paid Leave Law To Help Decrease Domestic Violence

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world, and lawmakers are aiming to change that. On July 26, the legislature passed a law that gives women 10 days of paid leave to remove themselves from an abusive situation. According to the OECD, 33 percent […]

Human Rights Report Shows Organized Lead Up To Genocide Of Rohingya In Myanmar

A human rights group exposed the systematic nature of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya in Myanmar on July 19, urging the international community to take action. The 162-page report “They Gave Them Long Swords” claims that, contrary to previous reports, Myanmar officials tediously planned acts of genocide and […]

Chemical Weapons Vs. Airstrikes: Civilians Affected By Both, Politicians Respond To One

On July 7 the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons released preliminary results for samples collected from the site of an alleged chemical attack that occurred in Duoma in April. According to the report, “No organophosphorus nerve agents or their degradation products were detected,” but traces of various chlorinated organic […]

The European Union’s Latest Migration Deal Offers Vague Answers To Pressing Issues

After nine hours of negotiation, leaders of the EU struck a “vague” migration deal announced June 29 in response to growing tensions surrounding illegal migration. The deal has been labelled a “compromise”, and in an effort to appease all members, much of the deal remains abstract. The timing of the […]

UN Report: Venezuela Committed Human Rights Abuses Including Hundreds Of Extrajudicial Killings

The United Nations released a report on 22 June that documented severe human rights abuses in Venezuela between 2014 and 2017. According to the report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),  government sanctioned “crime fighting” units extrajudicially killed over 500 Venezuelans in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. […]

Protests Erupt Across Vietnam In Response To Economic Zoning Bill

Local authorities arrested over 100 protesters in central Vietnam on June 10 after demonstrations over an economic zoning bill turned violent. Law enforcement officers responded with firehoses and tear gas in the Binh Tuan province when members of the public vandalized a government building and set cars ablaze, according to The New […]

Capsized Ship Results In Highest Migration Attempt Death Toll Of 2018

At least 100 migrants died when a ship capsized off the coast of Tunisia on June 2nd. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the incident was the deadliest attempted migration in 2018 so far. The fishing vessel departed from Tunisia with around 180 migrants on board late Saturday […]