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

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 […]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Returns Kidnapped Dapchi Girls

On March 21, 2018 – nearly all of the 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants last month have been freed thanks to successful negotiations and intelligence strategies. Reports suggest at least five girls died during the abduction and one Christian girl who refused to convert to Islam […]

Sudan Releases Political Activists Imprisoned After Deadly Protests Last Month

In February, Sudan’s president Omar Al-Bashir ordered the release of 80 protesters and opposition activists, who were detained in January for protesting against rising food prices. Salah Gosh, Sudan’s head of the National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS), told Sudanese media that the remaining detainees would only be released if […]