Lucy Blakiston

Rewriting Section 377: India’s Momentous Ruling On Gay Rights

India may have inadvertently kick-started a modernizing domino effect after its landmark decision to decriminalize archaic laws surrounding gay rights. In this recent ruling, the Supreme Court of India has both created and corrected history by outlawing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The ruling not only decriminalized gay […]

Reuters Reporters Sentenced: A “Hammer Blow” Against Media Freedom And Myanmar’s Transition To Democracy

On Monday September 3, two Reuters journalists were found guilty of breaching a law on state secrets in Myanmar during their reporting of a massacre of Rohingya men. The case, which has sparked international outcry, no longer affects simply the two journalists involved, but has become a symbol for the state of Myanmar’s transition to democracy and press freedom.

Charlottesville: One Year On, Peace Trumps Violence In “Unite The Right 2” 2

Thousands of people swarmed Washington D.C on Sunday for protests marking the anniversary of last year’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but only two dozen of them were actually in support of uniting the right. A year ago, the narrative of the college town became synonymous with […]

Asaam “Witch Hunt” to Leave Millions Stateless

Around 4 millions Bengalis – a linguistic minority in the north-eastern state of Assam – risk being stripped of their Indian citizenship, leaving their freedom in jeopardy. The Indian government are revising the National Register of Citizens, or NRC in order to “root out” hordes of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, […]

Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia: “Not a human rights issue, but a human lives issue”

On July 17, two days after undergoing a traditional Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) operation, 10-year-old Deeqa Dahir Nuur bled to death, in the first confirmed fatality from FGM in years. Nuur was taken to a traditional cutter in her village of Olol on 14 July to undergo the surgery. In Somalia, […]