Jenna Homewood

About Jenna Homewood

Graduate from the University of Auckland, majored in Geography and Sociology. I am interested in multifaceted issues relating to human rights, social justice, sustainable development and climate change.

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 […]

Proposed Oil Exploration And Armed Violence Threatens Conservation Of Democratic Republic Of Congo’s National Parks

On May 3, the NGO, Global Witness revealed that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government is planning to allow oil exploration in two of their national parks. The government plan to reclassify land and remove protected status would enable oil drilling within two UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites– the Salonga […]

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 […]

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 […]

British Citizens Wrongfully Threatened With Deportation 1

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 […]

Migrants In Libya Detained And Sold At “Slave Markets” 1

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 […]

Yemen’s Impending Man-Made Famine 1

The Yemeni civil war is referred to as “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time,” by the United Nations. The war began in March 2015 and has been ongoing for three years. The conflict is between the Houthi rebels, a minority Shia group from the north of Yemen, allegedly […]

Climate Change: A Catalyst For Mass Migration

Climate change is a contributing factor to mass migration as people are forced to leave vulnerable areas in search of more viable places to live. People move inland, to cities, or cross international borders to seek refuge. According to the United Nations, between 2008 and 2015, on average 26.4 million people […]

Treaty Signed To Protect Rights Of Environmental Defenders In Latin America 1

Earlier this month on March 4th, a multinational treaty was signed in Costa Rica by 24 Latin American and Caribbean nations to protect the rights of environmental defenders. The agreement is officially known as the “Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters […]

Social Media And Tech Companies Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade 1

In recent years, the illegal trafficking of ivory and other exotic wildlife products has grown exponentially through the use of social media and the internet. To help eradicate wildlife trade, a coalition was launched on March 7th by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Trade Monitoring Organization (TRAFFIC), and International […]