Lillian Wetherspoon

About Lillian Wetherspoon

Lillian has been involved with the OWP since 2015 in various roles and is currently the Vice President of the News and Reporting arm. Lillian believes peaceful solutions to conflict are possible and is passionate about advocating for these solutions. Lillian has a special interest in the Asia-Pacific Region, Human Rights, and equality.

Plastic Oceans: A Growing Environmental Challenge

Plastic pollution in our oceans is a widespread and growing environmental challenge. Recently, the WWF released a report which warned that the Mediterranean could become a ‘sea of plastic.’  The WWF found that the “concentration of micro-plastics is nearly four times higher in the Mediterranean compared with open seas elsewhere […]

Children And Their Right To Have Their Voice Heard

Recently, students speaking out against gun laws in the USA have been accused of being ‘crisis actors’. Just one of the conspiracy theories that have surfaced recently, this theory claims that these students are following pre-written parts for the camera. Syrian teenager, Muhammad Najem, was attacked online and by mainstream […]

Climate Change: A Non-Traditional Threat

Donald Trump’s Administration has launched an attack on existing climate policies. In his first year of presidency, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the historic Paris Agreement, began construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, has taken steps to repeal a plan to curb greenhouse emissions in power plants, as documented in […]

‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner Attached To The Statue Of Liberty

President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban has become a dominant force of discussion. The initial travel ban was temporarily halted by a federal judge but the Trump Administration is working on a new version which would impose similar restrictions on Muslim-majority countries and retain the 50,000 refugee cap, a reduction […]

Barriers To Peace: Ending The Communist Insurgency In The Philippines

For the past several decades, the Philippines have experienced an ongoing insurgency. The communist insurgency in the Philippines is one of the longest running insurgencies in the Asia-Pacific Region. This conflict has claimed more than 30,000 lives since its beginning. The communist party started its armed struggle in the late […]

Report Finds That Women Living In Refugee Camps Fear Violence And Sexual Assault

According to a report published on Tuesday, women living in refugee camps in Greece fear violence and rape. The study, published by the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP), found that women were exposed to dangers, such as gender-based violence, abuse by authorities, and sexual harassment. Researchers from the RRDP spoke […]

Turkey Announces Plan To Award Citizenship To Refugees

On Friday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, announced that some Syrian and Iraqi refugees will be given Turkish citizenship. In a speech, which was broadcast on television, Erdogan said that security checks would be carried out to determine which refugees are eligible for citizenship. He emphasized the qualifications […]

The Global Reach Of Social Movements

This year has seen domestic movements receive significant international attention. Movements, like Black Lives Matter, have dominated news feeds on social media, which has allowed these movements to gain more support and publicity, both domestically and internationally. Social movements are actions taken by civil society in order to address a […]

Increasing Women’s Participation In Peace And Security Processes

  Two weeks ago the United States of America House of Representatives passed the Women, Peace and Security Act. This act is a historic step towards incorporating women into strategies for both preventing and resolving conflicts, and pledges that the US will act as a global leader for increasing women’s […]

Australia And Offshoring Processing Of Asylum Seekers

  Offshore processing in Australia is a highly controversial issue, both domestically and internationally. Australia has offshore processing centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island. It restarted its offshore processing policy in 2001 after Australia refused the entry of a Norwegian freighter, which had rescued 433 […]

Australia Ratifies The Paris Climate Agreement

  On Thursday, the 10th of November, Australia became the latest country to ratify the global Paris climate agreement. Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced that the parliamentary committee on treaties had agreed to ratify this agreement stating that “almost a year from the Paris conference, it is clear the […]

Report Finds That Peacekeepers In South Sudan Failed To Protect Civilians

This week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has fired the commander of the South Sudanese peacekeeping force. A report found that peacekeepers had failed to protect civilians in July after a break out of fighting in the country and that this failure resulted in the deaths of over a dozen […]

The Closure Of The Calais “Jungle” Refugee Camp

  Earlier this week, authorities started demolishing the Calais Refugee Camp. This process involved the evacuation of more than 5,800 people, which included children. The camp is now almost completely deserted with only a few remaining behind. Authorities have said that they will completely clear the site by Monday. These […]

Burundi Takes Steps Towards Withdrawing From The International Criminal Court

Burundi has made moves towards withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly voted in support of this withdrawal with only two legislators against it. This move to withdraw from the ICC came after the United Nations launched an investigation into Burundi’s alleged systematic […]

Turkey Extends Its State Of Emergency

Turkey’s government has extended the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed coup in July. The government hopes that this three-month extension will enable them in helping fight terrorism. However, opposition politicians are accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of using this three-month extension to continue its […]