Marina Riley

About Marina Riley

Marina is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Queensland

Too Many Indigenous People Dying In Custody – A Need For Change

Australia has an embarrassingly high rate of indigenous people dying in custody. There have been more than 340 deaths since the 1991 Royal Commission Report. This number indicates a lack of progress and is in many ways unacceptable. There is a climate of suspicion that the criminal justice system is […]

Remember The Holocaust – Memory Is What Shapes Us

During the Second World War, six to twenty million Jews died because of anti-Semitism. In Rwanda, there were 800,000 to two million people, mainly Tutsis, slaughtered within 100 days, where 500,000 women were raped. According to medical reports, two-thirds of women tested positive for HIV after the genocide. Meanwhile, in […]

Legal Reform After The Quashing Of Noura Hussein’s Death Sentence?

This week, an appeals court in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, decided to overturn Noura Hussein’s death sentence and replace it with a five-year prison term and ordered the family to pay a fine to the husband’s family. She was sentenced for stabbing her husband as he tried to rape […]

A New Force Emerges In Syrian War: The Women Of Idlib

The difficulties of about 3 million people encircled by hostile forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is continually worsening, according to UN officials and several aid agencies who fear an imminent humanitarian catastrophe. The province is considered a place of last resort, where many Syrian families find shelter after being […]

North Korea Closes Nuclear Test Site

North Korea will officially dismantle its nuclear test site within two weeks and invite international media to witness the event, according to state media. This will involve exploding tunnels, blocking entrances, and removing observation sites and research institutes. The North Korean commitment to “denuclearization” is likely to differ from Trump’s […]

China Installed Defensive Missile Systems To South China Sea Islands

China has installed long-range, anti-aircraft, and anti-ship missiles on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, according to reports. This move represents another step in the militarization of the disputed islands and-if confirmed-would be the first Chinese missile installation in the Spratly Islands. According to CNBC, those missiles […]

Conflict Intensifies In Kachin, North Myanmar

According to the United Nations, there have been some 4,000 people leaving their homes since early April this year, as a long-simmering conflict intensifies between government troops and the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). The conflict has killed hundreds of people already and left more than 100,000 civilians displaced. The military […]

Armed Groups In South Sudan Release More Than 200 Child Soldiers

Over two hundred child soldiers have been freed in South Sudan last week. At the “laying down of the guns” release ceremony, 112 boys and 95 girls were returned to their communities. This was the first community release of child soldiers where children could directly return to their families, instead […]

Aid Worker Killed By Myanmar Government

Environmental and Indigenous activist and community leader, Saw O Moo, was reportedly shot in Karen State, Myanmar on the 5th of April. Indigenous state activists mourning the killing of community leader Saw O Moo, who actively advocated for Indigenous Karen land rights, forest self-governance and peace. On the 5th of […]

Congo’s Bloody War May Be About To Start Again

Over the last few months, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen waves of protests, rebellions and violence as well as political chaos, leading to the possibility of another civil war similar to that between 1997 and 2003 that killed more than five million people. The president of DRC, […]