Author: Hollie Eaton

Concerns Expressed Over UK Domestic Abuse Bill

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has written to the United Kingdom (UK) Government in order to raise concerns over how a draft Domestic Abuse Bill would fail to properly uphold established human rights. The letter particularly seeks to ensure that the bill meets the requirements of the Istanbul

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Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced To Seven Years’ Prison

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced by Iran’s highest court to seven years in prison following a trial for security charges. Judge Mohammad Moghiseh of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court confirmed this through a statement to local media on Monday. He said that Sotoudeh had been sentenced to five

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Shamima Begum, Statelessness And The Rule of Law

In February 2015, 15-year-old Shamima Begum was one of three girls from Bethnal Green, London, to fly to Syria and join the fundamentalist group Islamic State (IS). Begum was then married to a Dutch member of IS with whom she had two children, a son and a daughter. Much of

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Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Transgender Sterilisation Requirement

On Thursday, Japan’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld a controversial law that requires transgender people to undergo a sterilization procedure before they can apply to legally change their gender. The Supreme Court reasoned that even though the ruling implies a restriction on individual freedom, it is constitutional as the law is

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Anti-Abortion Protestors Target Clinic In Galway

Three days after abortion services became legal in the Republic of Ireland, a doctor’s office in Galway has become the site of an anti-abortion protest. A small group of people took signs with messages such as ‘Say no to abortion in Galway’ and ‘Real doctors don’t terminate their patients’ to

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Increase In Child Refugees Shows Need For Compassion

A number of alarming news reports have recently appeared relating to the ongoing global refugee crisis. Last week, it was reported that two Honduran teenagers had been murdered while staying at a hostel for unaccompanied child refugees near the US-Mexico border. The same week also revealed that in December two

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Teenage Migrants Murdered Near U.S-Mexican Border

Mexican human rights groups have called for a full investigation into the murder of two Honduran teenagers in the city of Tijuana earlier this week. The two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were reportedly a part of the migrant caravan that is travelling through Mexico to the U.S border.  

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Facebook Named On Burmese ‘Dirty List’

The human rights pressure group Burma Campaign UK has published a so-called ‘dirty list’ of companies continuing to do business with the military in Burma. Facebook, Toshiba, and VISA are amongst the 49 international companies that are ‘named and shamed’ for links to the Burmese military’s human rights abuses of

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Human Rights Concerns For Bahraini Footballer Held In Thailand

Human Rights Watch is one of several rights groups calling for Thailand to refrain from extraditing the Bahraini professional football player Hakeem Ali Mohammed Ali al-Araibi to his home country this week. It is feared that al-Araibi would face torture and wrongful imprisonment if he were to be deported. Hakeem

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Italy Divorce Bill Draws Criticism From UN

In recent months, Italy’s divorce laws have come under increased scrutiny. The conservative senator Simone Pillon has proposed a change to the existing law that would make it more difficult for married couples to obtain a divorce. His proposed bill, however, has faced much criticism. Among its detractors are the

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Alabama And West Virginia Vote To Restrict Abortion Access

During U.S. mid-term elections earlier this week, Alabama and West Virginia voted in favour of constitutional amendments that restrict women’s access to abortion. Alabama’s second amendment now declares that “this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” It passed with an approving vote of

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Morocco Accused Of ‘Regression Of Human Rights’

On 1 November, leading human rights group the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) publicly denounced a “regression of human rights” in the North African country. In a report that covered actions of the state throughout 2017 and the first half of this year, AMDH detailed “the repression of several

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South Korean Women Raise Their Voices Against Beauty Standards

In June of this year, the South Korean beauty YouTuber, Lina Bae, uploaded a video to her channel that was simply titled “I am not pretty.” Over the course of the three-and-a-half-minutes video, Lina painstakingly applies the make-up that constitutes her daily cosmetic routine and then dramatically removes all of

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Call For Human Rights Investigation In Nicaragua

Following months of anti-government protests in Nicaragua, the Organization of American States (OAS) has called for human rights bodies to be allowed into the country to investigate alleged abuse against protesters. It is claimed that the Nicaraguan government has used torture, arbitrary arrest and unreasonable force in attempts to suppress

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Eritrea Becomes Member Of UN Human Rights Council

Despite a much condemned human rights record, Eritrea has become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council by a vote of the General Assembly on Friday. The same vote also granted membership to Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, the Philippines and Somalia, countries which have all also drawn condemnation for

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