Kalie Mangelsen

Discrimination And Poor Human Resource Practices At The United Nations

On January 17, the Associated Press reported that World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had ordered an internal investigation to address allegations of racism, sexism, and corruption within the organization in response to several anonymous emails sent to the directors of WHO. According to the Associated Press, which […]

The Medical Detainment Of Roma Mothers In Slovakia

On 10 December, the Associated Press published an investigative article about Roma mothers being detained in hospitals in Slovakia after giving birth. The investigation found that mothers and newborns are routinely and illegally detained in hospitals across the country. Several Roma women told the Associated Press that they fled hospitals […]

United Kingdom Commits £50 Million To Ending FGM 1

On Friday, November 23rd, the United Kingdom (U.K.) pledged £50 million towards ending female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. This investment was part of a five-year program to support projects across Africa to implement education and legislation surrounding FGM. It was also part of a larger international scheme to end […]

Human Rights Watch Reports Systematic Sexual Violence Against Women In North Korea

On November 1st, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on sexual violence against women in North Korea. They interviewed 54 North Korean émigrés. The interviewees revealed their experiences with systematic sexual violence under one of the world’s most repressive authoritarian regimes. This report is significant because it demonstrates how […]

Congolese Diamond Miners Expelled From Angola

Thousands of Congolese diamond miners living in Angola were expelled from the country this past week. On October 26th, the United Nations (UN) reported that approximately 330,000 people have crossed back into the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) following the Angolan government’s expulsion of irregular migrants. The migrants are reported […]

Afghanistan’s Droughts And The International Community’s Response

In September, the United Nations (UN) published a report that said about 275,000 people in Afghanistan are currently displaced by the ongoing drought. They reported that 250,000 of those displaced are in the western region and that approximately 120,000 people were displaced from Badghis to Qala-e-Naw during the reporting period. […]

19 Sentenced To Death Over Bangladesh Grenade Attack

On October 10, a Bangladeshi court announced the sentence for those responsible for the deadly grenade attack carried out in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2004. The attack has been investigated multiple times over the years. The Associated Press reported there were 49 defendants. They reported that nineteen people were issued the […]

North and South Korea’s Joint Landmine Clearing Project

On October 1st North and South Korean troops started demining their shared, heavily fortified border. Reuters reported that Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in agreed to coordinate this joint demining project in the Joint Security Area (JSA) during a summit in September. This diplomatic milestone follows weeks of deadlocked negotiations […]

Reevaluating The Palm Oil Industry In Indonesia

On September 20th, Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared that existing palm oil plantations in Indonesia will be reviewed. He also paused the creation of new plantations by signing a three-year moratorium. Widodo told The Associated Press that the moratorium is intended to provide time to clarify the legal rights of […]

Establishing Accountability Instead Of Sanctions In Myanmar

In 1962 Myanmar’s military overthrew its elected government. The military junta has been in power ever since, creating a controlling regime which Freedom House has described as one of the most repressive in the world. In recent years the military junta has also committed severe human rights abuses against the […]