Laura O'Dwyer

About Laura O'Dwyer

is studying at the University of Canterbury, undertaking both a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice. She is passionate about public service, the legal system and global social justice issues.

Protest Erupts In Russia As Teenage Sisters Face Murder Charge For Killing Abusive Father

Three sisters now aged 18, 19 and 20 were charged with the premeditated murder of their father, Mikhail Khachaturyan last month.   Court reports have shown that the sisters were repeatedly beaten and sexually abused by their father, a war veteran. He had kept knifes, guns and rifles at home […]

Five Teenage Boys Arrested Following Homophobic Attack On London Bus

Five young men have been arrested for the homophobic attack and robbery inflicted on two women when they refused to kiss on a London bus. Four males aged between 15 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm on Friday, and a fifth boy, who is […]

Brazilian Prisons Experience Violent Riots Again, Leaving 55 Dead

Violent riots within various Brazilian prisons have led to multiple casualties, yet again. On Sunday, May 26th, 15 inmates were found dead at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary, with many of the bodies reportedly showing signs of strangulation and stab wounds from sharpened toothbrushes. On Monday, another 40 bodies were recovered […]

Brazil Supreme Court Majority Votes To Criminalise Homophobia And Transphobia

Six of the Brazilian Federal Tribunal’s 11 judges have voted in favour of making homophobia and transphobia crimes. The five other judges will vote in a court session on June 5, although the result will not be modified. The decision will take legal effect after all justices have voted. The […]

Transfer Of Rwandan Accused Murderers To Australia Shocks New Zealand Families

In 1999, eight tourists were brutally murdered in a violent attack involving machetes and axes while gorilla-watching in a Ugandan rainforest. The group included two New Zealanders, Michelle Strathern and Rhonda Avis, as well as two Americans and four others. Three Rwandan men belonging to the Hutu rebel group, the […]

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Urges Supporters to Continue Their Campaign Despite Fear

Juan Guaido, opposition leader of Venezuela, addressed several hundred protestors on Saturday 11 May, urging them to press forward with their campaigns of support for his bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.   Earlier this month, an attempted coup by Guaido’s supporters was met with violence from government forces. In […]

Traditional May Day Protests

Protesters took to the streets in cities around the world on May 1st, demanding better working conditions. The rallies follow a tradition that began in the United States in the 1880s to voice concerns regarding workers’ rights. Over time, the May Day or Labour Day protests have become an opportunity […]

Killing Of Sexual Assault Victim In Bangladesh Triggers Protests

The violent killing of an 18-year-old girl in Bangladesh has triggered nationwide protest for justice and the protection of women’s rights. Nusrat Jahan Rafi died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment allegations against the principal of her Islamic school in the town of Feni. Rafi […]

Security In Libya Worsens As Rebel Forces Battle For Tripoli

Tensions in Libya have worsened as General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) advanced on the capital over the weekend. The violence was concentrated in the southern suburbs of Tripoli and the former international airport, which the rebel forces claim to have seized. The LNA launched their first airstrike of […]

100 Days Of Living In Fear For The Indigenous People Of Brazil

Since Jair Bolsonaro took office as President of Brazil on 1 January, indigenous peoples’ lands have been under extreme threat. Under the Brazilian Constitution, rewritten in 1988, native tribes have legal ownership of their land and the “inalienable right” to reject any development on their territory. Brazil has also ratified […]