Lauryn Sinclair


About Lauryn Sinclair

Lauryn Sinclair is a current undergraduate student, working towards an LLB and a BA majoring in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury. Her areas of interest are the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, international human rights and international humanitarian law.

European Commission’s New Pact On Migration And Asylum: A Failed Opportunity For A “Fresh Start”

The European Commission unveiled its new Pact on Migration and Asylum last Wednesday. Margaritis Schinas, the vice president of the commission, announced the new proposals and asserted that they would constitute a “fresh start” for EU asylum policy. However, according to Amnesty International, the reality is that this new pact […]


Sudanese Boy Dies Crossing English Channel: A Tragic Illustration Of The Need For Safe Passage To Asylum

A Sudanese boy was found dead off the coast of Calais, Northern France last Wednesday. Abdulfatah Hamdallah had reportedly attempted to cross the English Channel in an inflatable dinghy with shovels for oars in a bid for asylum. His death is a pertinent reminder of the deadly nature of the […]


Children Seeking Asylum Detained In Hotels By Trump Administration

As a further development of increasingly hostile U.S. immigration policies, it has been found that the Trump administration has been detaining young migrant children in hotels, before they are expelled from the country. The children are held for as long as several weeks on end, with some as young as […]


First Russian Airstrikes Since March Ceasefire Hit Northwest Syria

Russian airstrikes have been reported in northwest Syria, targeting the last major rebel-held territory in the region. These strikes mark a departure from a ceasefire that came into effect in March concerning the region. As such, the air raids were the first to have occurred in three months. While no […]


Libya: The Ongoing Crisis For Displaced People

Facing arbitrary detention and grave human rights abuses, the crisis for migrants and asylum seekers in Libya continues to this day. The majority of people displaced by conflict seek asylum in Europe by undertaking the highly dangerous journey of crossing the Mediterranean. As of 2017, the main route for this […]


Militants Carry Out Brutal Attack On Kabul Maternity Ward

Militants carried out a brutal attack on the Medecins Sans Frontières maternity ward in Dast-e-Barchi hospital, located in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ward was stormed by three gunmen disguised as police officers at 10:00 AM on Tuesday. The attack has resulted in 24 fatalities, including two newborn babies. Shockwaves were sent […]


United Nations Envoys In The Middle East Push For Immediate Ceasefire

The United Nations envoys for the Middle East are calling for an immediate ceasefire in the region. This appeal aims to redirect focus to addressing and responding to the growing threat of COVID-19. The region has been ravaged by various ongoing conflicts, which have resulted in serious damage to health […]


Europe’s Roma Population Faces “Environmental Racism”, A New Study Reveals

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) published a report on Wednesday, highlighting the systemic “environmental racism” the minority Roma population across Europe faces. The report was published as part of International Roma Day and focuses on Central and Eastern European countries. However, the conditions faced by Roma communities have been found […]