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.

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 […]

Method To Their Madness: Why The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Far From The End For Populist Strongmen

The COVID-19 pandemic has served to expose the incompetent nature of populist governments across the world. Many factors are affecting countries’ abilities to deal with the coronavirus crisis, governance, resources, luck, and timing being chief among them. For Brazil and the United States, we have seen that leadership – or […]

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 […]

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. […]