Author: Lola Perle

Facebook: Power To Fuel A War

On December 6th, the British law firm, Mishcon de Reya, announced the start of “coordinated legal actions on behalf of victims and survivors of the Rohynga genocide.” The actions were filed in the U.K. and U.S., alleging that “Facebook’s negligence encouraged and facilitated the genocide carried out by the Myanmar

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Rape Culture in Latin America

On October 29th, the BBC reported on the case of an 11-year-old Bolivian girl who became pregnant after being raped continuously for several months by a family member. The case has unleashed a ‘fierce debate between human rights activists and the Catholic church in Bolivia’, as religious groups attempt to

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#MeToo: Women’s Rights In China

On November 2nd, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai publicly accused her country’s former vice premier of sexual assault. This has, according to the New York Times, ignited an “online firestorm of attention to a #MeToo allegation that for the first time touched the pinnacles of political power.” On an online

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EU Funding To Push Asylum Seekers Across Borders?

On October 6th, 2021, the non-profit organisation, Lighthouse Reports, published evidence which reveals that migrants have been beaten and shot at in recent months during so-called ‘pushback’ operations carried out by masked men in Croatia, Romania, and Greece. The report claims that while the clothes of these masked men have

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Climate Refugees: A Growing Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has declared the disaster displacement caused by climate change to be the ‘defining crisis of our time.’  Entire nations are already experiencing the impact but it is the particularly vulnerable communities living in certain geographical areas and in conflict-affected countries that are

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Poland And The EU: Deepening Dispute

On October 8th, Poland’s constitutional court held that certain sections of European Union treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution, escalating ongoing tension with the bloc. According to the BBC, the European Commission maintained that the judgment raises serious concerns about the primacy of EU law, and challenges the foundations

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Time To Address Women’s Safety: U.K. Police Reform

In the aftermath of the brutal murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, the U.K. government is facing difficult questions about police reforms and the issues regarding women’s safety on U.K. streets. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the police’s failure to take sexual violence against women seriously ‘infuriating’, according

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Northern Ireland: Is Denying The Past Endangering The Future?

On July 24th, 2021, the BBC reported the UK’s proposal to abandon all current and future criminal prosecutions relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Between 1969 and 1998, more than 3,500 people died until the Good Friday Agreement peace deal was signed between the Catholic community, the Protestant community,

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Myanmar: 8 Brutal Months Of Violence

It has been eight months since the military junta in Myanmar were able to seize power in a coup, detaining members of the government, and declaring a year-long state of emergency. The aftermath of that coup has been eight months of violence, labeled by The Diplomat as an “all-out war

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Taliban Sweep Afghanistan: What This Means For Human Rights

On August 16th, the B.B.C. reported that the Taliban now controls all key cities in Afghanistan, including Kabul. Many Afghans fear that the Taliban will reimpose its brutal 1996-2001 regime, which, according to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, violently disregarded international human rights law –

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