Harjyot Banwait

The Continuing Exploitation of Venezuelan Refugee Women

In the midst of the humanitarian crisis that has followed the economic collapse of Venezuela, in which approximately 5.2 million Venezuelans have escaped the country, female refugees have faced a significant cost with their vulnerability to exploitation, including sexual and labour trafficking. There has been a mass movement of Venezuelans, […]

The Mission To Find Mexico’s Disappeared Threatened By Government Cuts

In Mexico, funding cuts that are a part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic threaten efforts to search for the over 61,000 disappeared persons in the country. The government body known as the Commission for Assistance to Victims (CEAV) faces significant cuts, which could be as high as […]

A Measles Outbreak In The D.R.C. During The Coronavirus Pandemic

While the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) grapple with its latest Ebola outbreak and  COVID-19, other conditions remain a major issue. Resources have been diverted towards fighting a 19-month long outbreak of Ebola that has killed over 2,000 people. In turn, this has weakened the fight against containing measles. Since […]

Five Connected To Timber Industry Charged In The Deaths Of Peruvian Indigenous Activists

In Peru, five men connected to the timber industry were charged with murder in the 2014 deaths of four indigenous environmental activists. The four indigenous activists found dead on Sept. 1, 2014 included the leader, Edwin Chota, along with Jorge Ríos Pérez, Leoncio Quinticima and Francisco Pinedo. The five charged, […]

Amazon Wildfires Threaten Indigenous Peoples

Ongoing wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have been such in magnitude that they have raised significant environmental concerns, including threatening the Indigenous tribes residing in it. The fires have been raging across the Amazon, which spans many South American countries, although the focus has remained largely on the rainforest that […]

More Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan Linked To Pro-Government Forces Than Insurgents

According to the latest United Nations (UN) figures, during the first half of 2019, in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, pro-government forces including the Afghan military and their international U.S.-led allies were responsible for more civilian deaths than insurgent forces. This marks the first time pro-government forces were found responsible […]

Civilian And Military Talks In Sudan Deadlocked

Tensions have increased in Sudan during disagreements between the Sudanese military and protesters. The main protest group has stated that the military is not serious about a transfer of power to civilian rule, following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir. Ongoing negotiations between the protesters and the Transitional Military Council […]

Bitter Cold Leaves Children Dead In Syrian Camp

In the Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria, it has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that at least 29 children, including newborns, have died over the past two months, primarily due to hypothermia. Approximately 23,000 people have arrived in this camp, located in the Al-Hasakeh province in […]