Author: Jenna Homewood

Honing In On Beehives: How To Mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict

Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) has become more prevalent as people encroach on elephants’ habitat. Rates of HEC are expected to rise as the human population increases, along with the expansion of settlements and the need for farmland. In Africa and Asia, elephant habitats have come under threat as it is cleared

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Rewilding Conflict Zones: From Iron Curtain To Green Belt

The world is experiencing unprecedented biodiversity loss; dubbed the Sixth Mass Extinction, with 60 per cent of animal populations wiped out since 1970. Human activity has significantly affected three-quarters of land; with agriculture, urbanization, industry and climate change decimating ecosystems and biodiversity. In response, a growing conservation movement – ‘rewilding’

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U.S.-Mexico Border Wall: Wildlife To Bear The Brunt

The recent federal government shutdown, the longest in United States history, was a result of the ongoing feud between Donald Trump and Congress over funding for a border wall. On February 15th, Trump declared a national state of emergency as he demanded increased militarization of the border and further expansion

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Nightmare In Nauru: Child Health Crisis On Australia’s Offshore Detention Centre

Under strict immigration policy introduced in 2013, the Australian government has intercepted and forcibly transferred around 2500 refugees and asylum-seekers to offshore processing facilities on Nauru and Manus. Australia’s “Stop the Boats” policy prohibits the resettlement of asylum-seekers who arrive on their shores by boat. According to the Asylum Seeker

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Unaccompanied Migrant Children Denied Welfare In Paris

More than 200 unaccompanied migrant children are homeless and sleep on the streets every night in Paris, this is according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on July 4. The report, “Like a Lottery: Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris,” found that children are denied protection, food, shelter and

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Hungary Criminalizes Aiding Undocumented Migrants Seeking Asylum

Hungary has proposed the “Stop Soros” bill, a set of laws which criminalize the act of assisting refugees and undocumented migrants seeking asylum. The Hungarian parliament has approved legislation which will allow for the persecution or imprisonment of any individual or organization that aids undocumented migrants entering the country illegally.

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Tourism Evicts Tanzania’s Maasai From Traditional Territory

Maasai communities in the Loliondo division of Northern Tanzania are being forcibly displaced from their land in favour of increasing safari tourism and hunting concessions, according to a report published by Oakland Institute on May 10th. Within the past year, more than 20 000 people have been evicted and left

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Rana Plaza Disaster: A Fashion Failure Five Years On

“It seems fashion changes faster than human rights evolve in the garment industry.” –Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera. Five years after the collapse of Rana Plaza, garment workers in Bangladesh continue to work in “life-threatening” conditions in factories. The Rana Plaza collapse was a structural failure that occurred on 24 April

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Myanmar’s Forgotten War Against The Kachin Minority

In recent months there has been renewed, escalating warfare in Kachin, Myanmar’s northernmost state. Since April, more than 6800 villagers have been forced to flee the battle between government military forces and the ethnic Kachin rebels, known as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The Myanmar armed forces have been complicit

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War-torn Eastern Ukraine’s Classrooms Riddled With Bullet Holes

According to a statement released on 4 May by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 200,000 children in war-torn eastern Ukraine are forced to learn in classrooms riddled with bullet holes and school-grounds scattered with metal remnants of war. The ongoing conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists has severely

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Conflict-Minerals Legislation Fails To Prevent Human Rights Abuses

At the end of this month, Intel, HP and other companies are expected to report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose information on whether the minerals used in their electronic products were sourced from mines which support the funding of armed conflict in Central Africa. Obama-era legislation

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British Citizens Wrongfully Threatened With Deportation

Britain has threatened to detain and deport Commonwealth nationals, including Windrush-era citizens. Thousands of individuals have been denied their rights to continued occupation and residence in the UK because they cannot provide documentation to prove their citizenship. Between 1948 and 1971, approximately 50 000 people from the Caribbean, known as the Windrush

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Migrants In Libya Detained And Sold At “Slave Markets”

Recently the United Nations Human Rights Office reported that asylum seekers in Libya were being detained, bought and sold at ‘‘open slave markets.” Migrants are intercepted by the Libyan authorities as they attempt to be smuggled across the Mediterranean into Europe. They are treated as commodities and auctioned off for profit

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