Author: Lauryn Sinclair

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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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

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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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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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