Melinda Sandstedt


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]