Jonathan Boyd

Threatened, Shot At And Killed: Crisis For Human Rights Defenders In Afghanistan 1

Human rights defenders in Afghanistan face “intimidation, harassment, threats and violence” both from armed groups, such as the Taliban and Islamic State, and government authorities, claims Amnesty International. Their conclusions are derived from interviews with activists and international organisations whilst being backed up by contextual research, highlighting that the situation […]

Unnecessary Surgery: Why A Rise In Hysterectomies Is A Failure For Women’s Health In Rural India

Hysterectomies are being carried out in rural communities in India at an unprecedented rate, reports Devyani Nighoskar in Al Jazeera. The medical definition of a hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus (womb) but can sometimes lead to the removal of the ovaries, cervix or fallopian tubes. The procedure […]

U.K. Court Of Appeal Labels Current Arms Trade With Saudi Arabia As Unlawful

A report published on June 20th by the U.K. Court of Appeal has labelled the U.K. government’s decision to continually license the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia, as unlawful. Indiscriminate bombing; repeated human rights violations and possible war crimes by both the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi Rebels have been […]

Anti-Corruption Raids In Kosovo Re-Ignite Existing Tensions

On Tuesday 28th May anti-corruption raids were carried out by authorities in the north of the city of Mitrovica, Kosovo. Al Jazeera states that more than 20 people were arrested, including both citizens and police. However, the raids have provoked deep-seated ethnic tensions between Serbians and Albanians, especially in Kosovo’s […]

Need For Independent Investigation Regarding The Deaths Of Three Protesters In North Waziristan, Pakistan

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) are calling on the Pakistani government to order an independent investigation into the reported killing of three activists in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. While some accounts say eight people were killed, it is known that […]

Indigenization Of Politics: Mapuche Oppression In Chile And Argentina

Two high-profile cases of both the Chilean and Argentinian military killing Mapuche activists, during covert operations, have failed to escape the limelight. Camilo Catrillanca was shot in the back of the head on November 2018 by Chilean Special Police Operations Group (G.O.P.E), while he was driving a tractor through his […]

The Forgotten People: Kashmiri Civilians Along The Line Of Control

The conflict over a divided Kashmir has been long and bloody; beginning with the Partition of India in 1947 by the British Empire. The partition involved the separation of India along religious lines, into a Hindu majority India and a Muslim majority Pakistan and East Pakistan (Bangladesh). Ambiguous demarcation, ignorance […]

Putin Calls Protesters “Godless”: Public Outcry Over The Construction Of A Church In Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Protests in Yekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg), Russia, have lasted nearly a week with crowds numbering more than 5,000 people, according to Ivan Zhilin in The Moscow Times. Residents of Yekaterinburg are protesting the planned construction of a new Orthodox Church in the middle of an inner-city park, and tensions escalated after violent […]