Author: Jonathan Boyd

Unrest Continues In Jakarta In Response To Proposed Reforms

Civil unrest has been at boiling point in Indonesia for almost a week now, in response to the attempted introduction of new conservative reforms by the government, report the Independent and the BBC. Hundreds of people were injured in clashes between protestors and police on Wednesday 25 September, when tear

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

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

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Mumbai Floods Have Claimed The Lives Of 27 People So Far

The heaviest rainfall in a decade has killed at least 27 people and caused major disruption in Mumbai and the surrounding areas. Monsoon rains, which usually run from June to September, have weakened structural foundations, with one wall collapsing and killing 18 people; flooded roads and transport systems; and disrupted

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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

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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

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Ebola Violence In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Since the Ebola epidemic began in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) in August 2018, 874 people have died, and 250 more cases have been recorded since the beginning of April, reports Esdras Tongo and Rebecca Ratcliffe in the Guardian. Unfortunately, this situation is being made much worse by an

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Lack Of UK Government Support For Modern Slavery Victims

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) predicted in 2013 that there are approximately 10,000 to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK. It is a growing problem in the UK and, as The Guardian reports, current Home Office legislation, which provides support for victims of modern slavery, needs revision.

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Lawyers On Trial In Turkey

A report published this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details how the Turkish government has been arbitrarily jailing lawyers and putting them on trial ever since the failed military coup d’état in July 2016. The report highlights the extent of the government crackdown on lawyers, and specifically criminal defence

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