Author: Ian D'Elia

UN Human Rights Chief Declares ‘Desperate’ Situation In Northern Mozambique

United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet released a statement on November 13th expressing deep concern for the ‘desperate’ population living amidst escalating violence in Cabo Delgado, a predominantly Muslim province of northern Mozambique. The statement urges the Mozambican government to institute measures for civilian protection. Though

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Tigray Crisis Stokes Fear Of Civil War In Ethiopia

The conflict between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a powerful militia and political party of the country’s Tigray region, has stoked fears of an impending civil war in Ethiopia. Born of decades-old tensions just recently boiled over, the month-long conflict in and around Tigray has

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Thai Police Deploy Water Cannon On Pro-Democracy Protests

Police forces in Thailand fired a water cannon November 8th against thousands of peaceful pro-democracy protestors in Bangkok. The demonstrators, numbering between 7,000 and 10,000, marched towards the Grand Palace to hand-deliver letters demanding governmental reform to King Maha Vajiralongkorn. This protest comes as the latest in a series that

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Politicians Arrested Over Protest

Several pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong were arrested on 1-2 November in connection with a meeting of the city’s Legislative Council in May, which saw protest and scuffles between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing members. The heckling and shoving began as Council members vied for control of a committee that proposes bills

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New Frontiers In The Suppression Of Human Rights In India

The realization of human rights in India since independence in 1947 has been marred by government suppression of free speech, abuse by police, oppression and violation of women and LGBTQ+ people, as well as ethnolinguistic, religious, and caste oppression and violence. Over the last few decades, the rise of Hindu

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Cambodia Opposition Party Perseveres In Face Of Hun Sen Crackdown

Despite a widening crackdown on dissent by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) persists, and with it the country’s abiding hope for democracy. For nearly three years, the CPP has been carrying out an aggressive, systematic campaign to wipe out all political opposition and

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Bangladesh To Institute Death Penalty For Rape Cases

The government of Bangladesh approved measures on October 12th to institute the death penalty for cases of rape. This follows weeks of widespread protests incited by a number of recent assault cases, including the brutal gang rape of a 37-year-old woman in Noakhali on September 2nd, which was filmed and

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The Rohingya Genocide, Three Years On

The genocide against the predominantly Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar has persisted for just over three years. Though the history of the Rohingya’s oppression under the Burmese majority spans many decades, the ongoing crisis was instigated by a military crackdown in August 2017, driven by Myanmar’s recent resurgence of

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India Student Leader Umar Khalid Arrested Over Delhi Riots

A prominent student activist has been arrested under anti-terrorism laws for his alleged role in February’s deadly riots in Delhi. Umar Khalid, 33, was taken into custody around 11pm local time on September 13th. The law under which Khalid has been arrested, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), was amended

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Iran Vows To “Deal Decisively” With Mounting Protests

Iranian police forces said in a July 17th statement that they will “deal decisively” with further anti-government protests over economic turmoil, according to both Al Jazeera and Reuters. The statement comes only a day after using tear gas to disperse protestors in the southwestern city of Behbahan. This follows a

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