Author: Hanna Oosterveen

Islamophobia In The Czech Republic: The Broader Consequences

The Czech Republic, along with other Visegrad countries such as Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, have refused to follow the EU’s refugee quota system. To meet the quota of refugees, the Czech Republic must admit at least 2 600 individuals, which is calculated with reference to the country’s population size. However,

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Free Press Clampdown In The Philippines  

Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has changed the face of the country’s politics, embracing his ‘strongman’ appearance, particularly through his War on Drugs that has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people at the hands of Philippines National Police and “unidentified gunmen.” This,

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Lebanese Municipalities Evict Refugees

Over the past two years, United Nations officials have identified 3,664 evictions of Syrian refugees from their homes in Lebanon by local municipalities. As well, there have been over 10,000 evictions for failure to pay rent and other landlord disputes. According to Human Rights Watch, an additional 42,000 refugees are

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Human Rights Violations On Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Farms

The climate of Zimbabwe’s tobacco farms breeds many levels of human rights abuses, including the prolific use of child labor. This results in serious health concerns for children, lack of access to education, unjust wages for hired workers, and neglected health and safety precautions for farmers. According to research conducted

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Saudi Arabia’s Coalition In Yemen: Three Years Of War Crimes And The U.S. And Britain Continue To Supply Arms

This week marks the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s involvement in the war in Yemen. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman is also the country’s Defense Minister, acting as the Commander of the coalition operation in Yemen aptly named “Decisive Storm.” Despite the flagrant human rights

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Al-Shabaab Forcibly Recruiting Children In Somalia

Since late September, the Islamist armed group, Al-Shabaab, has significantly increased the number of civilian abductions in Somalia’s Bay area to force families to hand over their children. Over the past few years, Al-Shabaab has become morally and financially weaker, making these communities tactical targets for recruiting young members and

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The Roots Of The Sri Lankan 10-Day State Of Emergency

After conflicts erupted between Sinhalese Buddhist and Muslim communities in Kandy, Sri Lanka, the government imposed a 10-day nationwide state of emergency. On March 4th, a young Sinhalese Buddhist man was fatally assaulted with an iron bar after a taxi carrying four Muslim men collided with the man’s van, according

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Turkey Ignores The UN’s Ceasefire Agreement In Afrin  

Despite the United Nation’s (UN) Syria ceasefire resolution on February 25th, Turkey continues to fire indiscriminately in the Afrin district. These actions have resulted in over 150 civilian causalities since the beginning of the offensive on January 21st. However, the Turkish military denies harming civilians or civilian infrastructure. In July

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Eastern Ghouta: Syrian Forces Continue Offensive

More than 500 civilians, including over 121 children, in Eastern Ghouta, have been killed since February 18, marking one of the deadliest episodes since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. According to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organization (UOSSM), 12 hospitals and clinics have been bombed since

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