Author: Megan Bunting

Vjosa Osmani Appointed As Kosovo’s Second Female President

On Sunday, April 4, Vjosa Osmani was elected president by Kosovo’s MPs. This was the final decision in the process of electing governing institutions following the February 14 snap election which saw Albin Kurti’s Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party win over 50% of the votes. The Vetevendosje party went on to endorse

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Myanmar Military Seize Power From Aung San Suu Kyi

On February 1, the Myanmar military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi after her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won the general election. The military is currently in power and has declared a one-year state of emergency. The Myanmar military had claimed that the election was fraudulent, calling

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Black Lives Matter Awarded 2020 Olof Palme Human Rights Prize

Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020 has been awarded to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013, after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s 28-year-old murderer was acquitted at his murder trial when the man claimed he had acted in self-defence. The Black Lives Matter

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Four Students Arrested In Istanbul Over LGBTQIA+ Artwork

On 30 January four students were arrested in Boğaziçi, Istanbul, for being in possession of a piece of artwork that portrayed the Kaaba alongside rainbow symbols, typically associated with LGBTQIA+ Pride. The Kaaba, a building in the Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is considered the most sacred site

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BBC Investigation Uncovers Widespread Abuse In Sudanese Khalwas

From 2018-2020, investigative journalist, Fateh Al-Rahman Al-Hamdani went undercover in 23 different Sudanese Islamic educational institutions, known as khalwas. He witnessed and filmed physical and emotional abuse carried out by the religious men, or sheikhs, in charge of the schools. In 2020, Hamdani released a documentary for BBC News Arabic

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President Joe Biden Signs Executive Orders After Inauguration

On 20 January 2020, Joe Biden was sworn in as the U.S. President at the Capitol in Washington. Approximately 25,000 troops were stationed at the inauguration after the riot at the Capitol on 6 January. Kamala Harris also took her oath, becoming the first female vice-president. The ceremony was attended

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New Documents Uncover More About The Detention And Exploitation Of Uighurs, Other Minority Groups In Forced Labour And Re-education Camps in Xinjiang, China

In December 2020, the BBC published an extensive report about the forced manual labour of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, China. Dr. Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington D.C., discovered documents revealing detention camps housing people

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