Olivia Abbott


About Olivia Abbott

is a Politics and International Relations graduate from The University of Manchester. Interested in researching War and Conflict, Western Foreign Policy in the Middle East, and Environmental Politics. In her writing for the OWP, she aims to reflect these interests and the wider goal of achieving world peace.

Police arrest over 800 activists as Extinction Rebellion protests in London continue

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London started on Monday, 7th of October as part of the International Rebellion. The rebellion, involving groups of activists in countries across the globe, is a unified protest against the lack of direct action taken by governments in addressing the environmental crisis. The environmental pressure […]


Human Rights Activists In Afghanistan Are Under Increased Attack, Amnesty International Report States

In a briefing released on the 28th August Amnesty International reported that Afghanistan’s human rights community are under increased attacks from the authorities and armed groups. The report Defenseless Defenders: Attacks on Afghanistan’s Human Rights Community, claims activists and human rights defenders face intensifying intimidation, harassment, threats and violence. In September […]


“UNHCR Secures Release Of 96 Detainees From Libya’s Zintan Detention Centre”. UNHCR: Saviour Or Culprit?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on the 4th of June that it had secured the “release of 96 detainees from Libya’s Zintan detention centre.” The UNHCR claims to have relocated these “detainees” to a “Gathering and Departure Facility” in Tripoli, where they wait to be evacuated […]


U.N. Demands U.K. Relinquishes Control Of Chagos Islands

On 22 May 2019, the U.N. passed a non-binding resolution demanding the U.K. to return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. Approved by 116 votes to 6, the British occupation of the islands has been rendered unlawful. The resolution was opposed by the U.S., Australia, Hungary, Israel and the […]


Research Finds 414 Million Pieces Of Plastic On Islands In Indian Ocean

An accumulation of 414 million pieces of plastic has been uncovered on the shores of the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. The island group is located 2100 km off the north-western coast of Australia, with a population of 600. Plastic and debris weighing up to 238 tonnes were found […]


U.K. Parliament Declares Climate Emergency 1

British MP’s have approved a motion declaring an environment and climate emergency. The motion had been called by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who considered the motion “a huge step forward”. The government’s action comes after Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests, which managed to successfully block off major areas of London […]


Donald Trump Uses 9/11 Footage In Attack On Muslim Congresswoman

Donald Trump has used footage of the 9/11 attacks to personally attack Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, on Twitter in his latest act of xenophobia. Trump tweeted a video including a statement made by Omar during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) on 23 March, whereby in reference […]


ISIS’s Territory Defeated, Yet Violence Continues As Syrian Forces Shell Idlib

The Syrian Government’s forces, under the leadership of Bashar Al-Assad, have shelled the rebel-held city of Idlib in the North West region of Syria. On Thursday 4th April, the artillery attacks were reported to have struck a market in Kafr Nabl, marking the latest violence to threaten a seven-month-old brokered […]


Unsafe Water Kills More Children In War Than Bullets, UNICEF Report Finds

A UNICEF Report has found that children under the age of five are 20 times more likely to die from diseases related to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene, than from direct violence as a result of war. Released to coincide with World Water Day, the report emphasises the importance of […]


Indigenous Population Testify Against The Brazilian Military For Alleged Genocide

An Indigenous Amazonian population, the Waimiri-Atroari, have testified in court against the Brazilian Military for genocidal actions against its people. Temehe Tomas Waimiri gave the testimony to the judge alongside several additional leaders of the group. The hearing was held in Waimiri-Atroari territory, which occupies land in the Brazilian states […]