Author: Rachel Renz

New Delhi: Riots Over Divisive Citizenship Law

The last week of February was filled with an outbreak of religious violence in northeast Delhi, India over a citizenship law passed in December. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) provides minority groups from neighbouring majority-Muslim countries a fast-track to Indian citizenship. Critics of the new citizenship law claim it is

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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

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Renewed Attacks In Syria Cause Wave Of Refugees To Turkey

More than 235,000 people were displaced between December 12 – 25 from the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the last major region held by the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, due to weeks of intense bombardment and a ground offensive by Syrian government forces that began on December 19.  Many

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Food Insecurity In Zimbabwe

Following a visit to Zimbabwe from November 18 – 28, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, released a report of her findings on the ongoing food insecurity crisis in Zimbabwe.  Although Zimbabwe’s Constitution guarantees the right to adequate food, Zimbabwe’s current crisis is the result

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First Woman Elected Mayor Of Colombia’s Capital

On October 27, Claudia López, a member of the Green Alliance party, became the first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. These were the first local elections since the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016,

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Ten Years After the Coup In Honduras

Protests have been building in Honduras approaching June 28, the tenth anniversary of the coup ousting Honduras’ democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya.  The recent protests began in late April led by teachers and healthcare workers after proposed reforms to the health and education ministries that were seen as a step

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Prison Violence In Brazil Causes 55 Deaths

A two-day explosion of prison violence has left 55 inmates dead in Manaus, Brazil. The violence began on May 26 when 15 people were fatally strangled or stabbed at the Anísio Jobim prison complex, and spread the following day where another 40 people were killed at three nearby prisons. This

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President Of Kazakhstan Resigns

In a televised address on 19 March, Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation. Nazarbayev was president for 30 years, and was the only president independent Kazakhstan has ever known. He was the last Soviet-era leader still in power, and this controlled transition of power allows him to leave office

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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

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Greece Ratifies New Name For Neighbor: North Macedonia

On January 25, Greece ratified an agreement that puts an end to a 28-year dispute over the use of the name “Macedonia”.  The Greek Parliament voted 153 to 146 to ratify the Prespa Agreement, under which their neighboring country’s name will be changed to the Republic of North Macedonia, and

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Protests For Regime Change In Sudan Continue

In Sudan, protests sparked by increases in bread and fuel prices have been ongoing since December 19 and have escalated into calls for an end to the rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Protesters first took to the street because of the immediate crisis of the tripled price of bread, but

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Venezuela’s Refugee Crisis

While the United States government has made immigration from Latin America one of its main concerns, it is important to look at the conditions in Latin American countries causing people to leave. In Venezuela, economic and political issues have caused a humanitarian crisis. On November 8, the UN reported that

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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

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Kenya’s Water Crisis

Millions of people around the world lack access to clean water and sanitation services. Water scarcity causes conflict as people and countries compete for the limited resource. As a water scarce country, over 80% of Kenya is arid or semi-arid land. Kenyans depend on water resources not only for drinking,

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Residents Blocked From Returning To Syria

On October 16, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a statement detailing how the Syrian government has been actively blocking displaced residents from returning to their homes in former rebel zones.   Under Law 10, which was passed in April 2018, the government planned for the creation and establishment of

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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

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