Rachel Renz


Bangladesh Allows Education For Rohingya Refugee Children

On January 29th, the Bangladesh government announced plans to provide formal education to Rohingya child refugees, a move praised by human rights groups.  A pilot program led by UNICEF and the Bangladesh government will start in April with an initial 10,000 Rohingya children up to age 14 will be taught […]


Mozambique Facing Humanitarian Crisis: Second Tropical Cyclone Of The Year Makes Landfall

On April 25, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado Province, causing widespread damage in the Macomia and Quissanga districts north of Pemba and on the island of Ibo.  The storm has killed at least 41 people and destroyed almost 35,000 homes, along with damage to infrastructure […]


Cubans Ratify New Constitution

On February 24, Cuba held a constitutional referendum whereby the new constitution was ratified by an overwhelming majority however, the amount of dissent has increased from past elections.  The new constitution upholds Cuba’s one-party communist system and centrally planned economy and institutes some changes, such as legitimizing private business and […]


Parliament Dissolved: Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Continues

After a controversial move where Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena’s fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President also dissolved Parliament and called for a snap general election. Sirisena’s actions have been criticized as unconstitutional, and Wickremesinghe has refused to leave his position as Prime […]


Increasing Pressure For Australia To Release Child Refugees Held On Nauru

In the past week, there has been growing pressure on the Australian government to remove refugees that are being held in detention centres on the island of Nauru. In the by-election on October 20th, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s party lost their majority in the House of Representatives, demonstrating the momentum […]


The Brazilian Election: First Indigenous Woman Elected to Congress

On October 7, 2018, Joenia Wapichana became Brazil’s first indigenous woman elected to Congress.  The very polarizing election – with presidential front runner Jair Bolsonaro making many hostile comments against women, indigenous peoples, and other minority groups – makes Wapichana’s victory even more important.  Brazil’s indigenous population of 900,000 people […]