Author: Hannah Green

Amnesty Offered To Syrian Army Deserters

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made an offer of amnesty for those who have evaded military service or deserted the army amidst the country’s seven year conflict. Published on state social media, the decree applies to those residing both inside and outside the country and is seen as an attempt to

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Negotiating Peace In Yemen After 2 Years Of Political Stalemate

The United Nations is planning to hold talks on Thursday, September 6, inviting Yemen’s warring factions to Geneva for the first round of negotiations among the parties since 2016. UN-sponsored negotiations held in Kuwait in 2016, saw the Houthis rejection of a plan to withdraw from major cities and form

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Hungarian Authorities Deny Food To Asylum Seekers

On August 22nd, 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that Hungarian authorities had stopped distributing food to asylum seekers who have been denied refugee status in the country but are seeking to appeal their cases. Hungary’s policy of denial has been ongoing since the beginning of August and denies asylum

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What Not To Expect From Myanmar’s Latest Commission Of Inquiry

Myanmar’s latest attempt to investigate the mass accusations of human rights violations committed in the Rakhine State appears to be withering further away from its rhetorical promises. The new “independent commission of inquiry” established by Myanmar’s government to conduct impartial investigations to identify alleged perpetrators has been heralded by Human

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UN Migration Pact Shunned By Hungary As A ‘Threat To The World’

Hungary’s right-wing government last Wednesday announced it will withdraw from a United Nations pact on migration, before its final approval, reported Al Jazeera. The agreement, The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration was completed on Friday, July 13, following 18 months of negotiation by all 193 UN member

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UN Peacekeeping And Sexual Assault: Where Are We Now?

It has been over a year since the re-introduction of the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, an issue that has long been rife within the United Nations (UN). Stemming from a resolution adopted on March 10, 2017, the policy stresses the importance of states holding perpetrators accountable, particularly

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