Melinda Sandstedt

About Melinda Sandstedt

Melinda Sandstedt is an undergraduate at the University of Washington pursuing a double major in Global Studies and Culture, Literature, & the Arts with a minor in Human Rights.

Protests Erupt In Belarus After Pre-Election Crackdown On Political Activists

Police in Belarus have arbitrarily arrested journalists, bloggers, and political activists as part of a massive crackdown ahead of the August 9, 2020 presidential election. They also pressed charges against two potential candidates, Human Rights Watch reported Thursday. These arrests raise concerns regarding freedom of expression, particularly of the media. […]

From Orientalism To Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim Rhetoric And The Rise Of Hate Crimes In America

The terms Islam, Arab, and Middle Eastern have long been conflated with each other, and are increasingly depicted in an unfavorable light. These negative attitudes spiked considerably during the aftermath of 9/11, with the FBI reporting a 1,700 percent increase of hate crimes against Muslim Americans between 2000 to 2001. […]

Violence Against India’s Muslims Rises Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

India’s Muslim minority has long been subjected to discrimination and religious violence, particularly under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narenda Modi. This past year, a controversial new citizenship law blatantly excluded Muslims, sparking unrest across the nation. The current COVID-19 pandemic is working to stoke the hatred. Muslims, […]

The Impact Of The U.S.’ War On Terror On China’s Muslim Population

The northern Chinese region of Xinjiang, where the country’s Muslim population is concentrated, has long been victim to repressive policies and strict securitization. More recently, the situation has worsened and attracted international attention, as the Chinese government has reportedly detained more than one million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Hui, and other […]

In India, Thousands Protest Citizenship Law That Excludes Muslims 1

A controversial citizenship law, the Citizen Amendment Act, has sparked protests across India, with demonstrators fearing that it could endanger the nation’s Muslim minority. The new legislation will provide an expedited path to citizenship for migrants who entered India illegally before 2014 if they are Hindu, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, or […]

Myanmar’s Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Accusations Of Genocide Before The International Court Of Justice

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi defended Myanmar’s government against accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague during three days of hearings that went from December 10th to the 13th. Addressing 17 judges from around the world, the leader dismissed the claims […]

Aung San Suu Kyi To Defend Myanmar Against Accusations Of Genocide

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once seen as a champion for human rights, is preparing to defend her country against accusations of genocide. Myanmar’s military has committed atrocities against the ethnic Rohingya Muslims, including mass murder, rape, and arson. The Gambia, a West African state, backed by […]

Deaths Mount As Iraq’s Anti-Government Protests Continue

Seven people were killed on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters at unarmed protesters in Baghdad in a renewed attempt to crush anti-government protests. According to Al Jazeera, the cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly at […]

Peruvian Immigrant Attacked With Acid In Milwaukee: The Rise Of Hate Crimes In America

A 61-year-old white man accused of throwing battery acid in the face of a Peruvian immigrant and telling him to “go back to your country” was charged with a hate crime on Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint, the victim, Mahud Villalaz, was walking toward the entrance of a Mexican […]

Xinjiang’s Muslim Detention Camps: The International Community Should Be Bold In Condemning China’s Human Rights Abuses

Since 2014, the Chinese government has reportedly detained more than a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Hui, and other ethnic Turkic Muslims, Christians, as well as foreign citizens such as Kazakhstanis, in secretive internment camps in the Xinjiang province of China – the largest mass arbitrary detention since World War II. […]

CIA-Backed Forces Accused Of Carrying Out Atrocities In Afghanistan

Human Rights Watch released a report on Thursday documenting how Afghan paramilitary forces backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, indiscriminate airstrikes, and other human rights abuses without accountability. The report, a culmination of nearly two years of reporting, details 14 deadly […]

Putin’s Visit To Saudi Arabia Marks Russia’s Growing Influence In The Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh on Monday, marking his first state visit to the country in over a decade and signalling Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East. Putin has only made one other trip to Riyadh, in 2007, and Saudi King Salman bin […]

Student Killing Sparks Protests in Bangladesh

On Monday, 21-year-old Abrar Fahad, a student at the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), was tortured and killed over his Facebook post critiquing Bangladesh’s recent water-sharing agreement with India. Several members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) – a student political organization loyal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and […]