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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Royal Thai Police flag, maroon with a white seal depicting a sword and carved shield.

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 […]

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 […]

Kyrgyzstan Protesters Seize Parliament Over Election Results Marred By Vote-Rigging

Thousands of protesters in the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek stormed the country’s parliament on October 5th angry over the results of an allegedly rigged election from the previous day. As the demonstration turned violent, one person died, and hundreds sustained injuries. According to Al Jazeera and the BBC, the events follow […]

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 […]

A train of refugees, some children, trudge along a dirt road.

Activists Demand UN Investigation Of “Genocide” Against China’s Uighur Minority

Nearly two dozen activist organizations and sixteen experts on genocide from American and European universities have implored the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate China’s human rights violations against the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang. The open letter to the UN, signed by groups including the Uyghur Human […]

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 […]