Madeleine Austin


Short Falls Of International Law

The mass hanging of 42 prisoners at Al Hoot prison on Sunday in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah has sparked controversy among human rights monitors world-wide. Leading human rights official, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said the mass execution raises “massive concerns” regarding Iraq’s […]


Tens Of Thousands Of Rohingya Refugees Flee Myanmar Following Violent Clashes Between Security Forces And Insurgents

Nearly 40,000 people have fled violence to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine, western Myanmar, according to UN estimates. Many people have reportedly died since Rohingya insurgents attacked an army base in Rakhine State on August 25 wielding knives, sticks, and crude bombs that killed at least 117 people, […]


Trump Condones Barbaric Military Methods To Counter Violent Extremism In Wake Of Barcelona Attack

Just a few hours after a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona, Donald Trump resurrected a long debunked tale about General John J. Pershing and condoned an appalling act of violent, religious discrimination to tackle “radical Islamic terror.” He tweeted that Spaniards should “study what General Pershing […]


Indonesia Rights Body Calls For End To Rights Violations In Papua Following Police Shootings

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) has called for President Joko Widodo to end rights violations in the easternmost province of Papua following police shootings. According to human rights groups and local witnesses, paramilitary police officers killed one person and wounded seven others, including at least two children […]


Crack Down On Governmental Opposition Continues In Vietnam As Popular Blogger And Environmental Activist “Mother Mushroom” Is Jailed

UN human rights experts have said the trial of a popular Vietnamese blogger did not meet international standards and appeared to be aimed at intimidating environmental defenders. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as “Mother Mushroom,” was sentenced to 10 years in prison following a one-day trial in the south-central […]


Turkish Police Use Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets Against Pride Activists

Turkish police prevented an attempt by Pride activists to hold a parade in Istanbul on June 25. Police fired rubber bullets at small groups of around 40 activists who gathered in the country’s largest city in spite of a ban issued by the local authorities, an AFP journalist reported. The […]


The New Configuration Of European Diplomacy Was Not Concocted By Merkel

Last Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the United States and the United Kingdom would no longer be reliable allies to Europe. Speaking at an election rally in a Bavarian beer hall, Merkel announced that: “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as […]


Diplomatic Tension Between North Korea And Malaysia Poses No Significant Threat To International Security

On Thursday, North Korea released two UN workers who had been among 11 Malaysians barred from leaving the country. Diplomatic tensions escalated on Tuesday when North Korea placed a travel ban on Malaysians, prompting Malaysia to enact a reciprocal ban. Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, accused North Korea of “effectively […]