Louis Platts-Dunn

About Louis Platts-Dunn

My interests lie in international politics and human rights. I work in digital communications for Minority Rights Group International and write research reports for the NGO Action on Armed Violence.

Another Story Of Inequality: The Mental Health Toll Of The U.K.’s Coronavirus Lockdown

Survey findings released this week by University College London reveal that a fifth of vulnerable people in the United Kingdom considered self-harming or killing themselves during the country’s coronavirus lockdown. These findings come as multiple mental health charities and official bodies are warning of a “tsunami” of new patients requesting […]

A Meal Deal Over A New Deal? A View On The U.K. Chancellor’s Summer Statement

The U.K. Chancellor for the Exchequer Rishi Sunak yesterday unveiled a £30 billion pound summer economic package, in an attempt to help reboot the British economy during the Coronavirus pandemic. This so-called “mini-budget” includes a job retention bonus for employers after the government’s job retention scheme ends in October, a […]

Millions Of American Households Deprived Of Running Water, Guardian Investigation Reveals

Millions of Americans are unable to pay their water bills and face water cut-offs or eviction from their homes as a result, according to a Special Guardian Investigation led by journalist Nina Lakhani. Two million people in the U.S. today already lack access to running water and basic indoor plumbing, […]

Kosovo’s President Thaçi Indicted For War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity

The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) announced on June 24th that it is indicting the current Kosovan President, Hashim Thaçi, for war crimes. These allegations follow the KSC’s four-year investigation into potential war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by President Thaçi, and other prominent political […]

Yemen Is Hurtling Towards A Human Catastrophe – Appealing To Western Self-Interest Is The Only Way To Avert It

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has, this week, warned that 24 million Yemenis are in “a race against time” to survive. This comes as Yemen’s healthcare system is beginning to collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and UN aid to the country is running […]

“We Don’t Have That Stuff in America Here”: How Can The U.K. Tackle Systemic Racism When Those In Power Refuse To Accept It Exists?

The U.K. government has this week published a review investigating why people in BAME communities in Britain are far more likely to die from Coronavirus than the country’s white citizens. Despite the health secretary Matt Hancock’s promises that the government would “get to the bottom” of why these communities are […]

The Minnesota Protests: A Violent Backlash Against America’s Racist Status Quo

The city of Minneapolis in the U.S. state of Minnesota has seen a third night of mass protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody there on 25th May. The protests have escalated into rioting and looting, with buildings in the city […]

U.K. Government Must Pay Greater Attention To The Deaf Experience Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

The charity Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL) has warned the U.K. government that 900,000 people in Britain who are profoundly D/deaf face a drastic loss of communicative ability if face masks are made compulsory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The British government has repeatedly failed to take into account the […]

U.K. Government’s New Emergency Domestic Abuse Funding Must Address The Systemic Causes Of This Grim Epidemic

The U.K. government’s Housing and Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced this week that an extra £76 million will be provided to support survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. This follows a staggering increase in reports of domestic abuse in recent weeks, as Coronavirus lockdown measures force people to stay at […]

The Moral And Logical Necessity Of Saving Rohingya Refugees Stranded At Sea

Up to 500 Rohingya refugees are stranded on two fishing trawlers in the Bay of the Bengal, Human Rights Watch has reported. Along with the U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner and Amnesty International, it has called on the governments of Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia to urgently launch search and rescue […]

Refugees on a boat.

East African Food Shortages: Second Wave of Locusts Rocks the Region’s Food Supply

A wave of locust swarms is descending upon east Africa for the second time this year, according to a report update released by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) last week. The swarms threaten to devastate the food security and livelihoods of over 25 million people in the region. […]