Author: Lauryn Sinclair

Recent Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in Libya

A report commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 1st established that there is evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed in Libya. The Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya has focused on investigating how the actions of state and non-state actors are contributing to

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Skyrocketing Food Insecurity And Malnutrition A Cause For Concern In Madagascar

The East African nation of Madagascar is currently facing a humanitarian crisis in the form of widespread food insecurity and famine-like conditions. The combination of the effects of COVID-19 and continuous droughts has seen malnutrition numbers skyrocket. International organizations have warned that the situation will only continue to deteriorate if

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Colombia: A Leading Example In Its Treatment of Refugees

The Colombian government has been praised for paving the way in how states should respond to increased flows of refugees and displaced people. Last month, President Ivan Duque of Colombia made a historic decision to grant temporary protective status to almost 1 million Venezuelan refugees within the country. This decision

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Hundreds Of Displaced People Rescued Off Libyan Coast By Ocean Viking

The Ocean Viking, a search and rescue vessel operated by French NGO SOS Méditerranée, has rescued hundreds of people off the coast of Libya in recent days. According to SOS Méditerranée, 374 people were rescued within two days. Crossing the Mediterranean has been described as the world’s most dangerous migration

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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

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Syria: The Case Against Economic Sanctions

The dire humanitarian situation in Syria is likely to only intensify as a new series of U.S. sanctions take effect. Recent legislation enacted by the United States, known as the Caesar Act, will impose the most severe and far-reaching economic sanctions on the war-torn country to date.  The sanctions aim

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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

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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

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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

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Humanitarian Rescue Vessels Impounded By Italy On Tuesday

Two humanitarian rescue vessels, the Alan Kurdi and the Aita Mari, have been impounded by Italian authorities. The owners of both vessels claim it is a form of harassment and an attempt to prevent them from carrying out their mission of rescuing asylum seekers in the Mediterranean. The Italian coastguards

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Finalisation of U.S.-Honduras Deal Sparks Widespread Criticism

The finalisation of a new deal between the United States government and Honduras, described as an “asylum cooperative agreement,” has given rise to widespread criticism. The deal allows those seeking asylum in the U.S. to instead be sent to Honduras. Many asylum advocates have criticised the deal, stating that it

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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

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