Author: Rosie Pasqualino

An Alarming Increase Of Gender-Based Violence In Cameroon

According to various United Nations (UN) and human rights organization reports, there has been a dramatic increase in sexual violence and assault cases towards women in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon. According to Al Jazeera, the main perpetrators of the attacks are “armed separatists, military personnel and

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The Challenges Surrounding The Displacement Of The Rohingya People

Since August 2017, the world has watched as the Rohingya were forced to flee a humanitarian crisis, military violence, and what the United Nations has called an active genocide. The international community has since questioned if this group will ever be able to return home. The Rohingya are no stranger

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Why Are Ethiopians Fleeing Their Homes?

According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), an estimated 7,000 asylum seekers are fleeing to Sudan for safety amidst ethnic violence in Western Ethiopia. According to Al Jazeera, Ethiopians are fleeing conflict in the “Metekel Zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region.” Ethiopia’s northern region, Tigray, has also seen more than 61,000

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Rohingya Refugees Missing From Indonesian Camp

According to numerous news sources, there are hundreds of Rohingya refugees missing from a refugee camp in Indonesia. Aljazeera stated that many people believe that these individuals are being trafficked to Malaysia. These refugees have supposedly escaped from a camp in Lhokseumawe in Indonesia, Aljazeera stated that this number has

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Iraq’s Positive Step Towards Justice For Child Soldiers

Iraq has taken positive steps and a human rights approach towards the release and treatment of children suspected to have ties to ISIS. Special committees have been formed to discuss the cases of numerous children held in detention centres in Iraq. These committees are said to be complying with international

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Lebanon’s Landmark Sexual Harassment Law

Lebanon’s parliament is in the process of passing a new sexual harassment law that criminalizes sexual harassment. This new law would result in up to a four-year prison sentence and fines that are almost 50 times the minimum wage in the country according to Aljazeera. The law also allows for

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Nigerian Schoolboys Missing After Violent Ambush

On Friday, December 11, 2020, in the northwestern town of Kankara, Nigeria, a secondary school was attacked by gunmen. It is said that over 300 boys are currently missing, their whereabouts unknown. The attackers stormed into an all-boys school – the Government Science School – on motorcycles and were heavily

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Will The Netherlands Ever See An End To ‘Black Pete’?

‘Black Pete,’ better known as Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands, is a historical holiday tradition that dates back to the 19th century. This tradition is prominent in the Netherlands and celebrates Saint Nicholas’ helper, a black man nicknamed ‘Black Pete.’ This event is often celebrated through the use of costumes

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How Migrants Are Suffering During The COVID-19 Pandemic

With COVID-19 cases rising again in many countries, the spotlight has been on the race for the vaccine, and how world leaders and front-line workers are handling this deadly pandemic. This leaves little to no attention for the vulnerable groups who are indirectly affected as a result of COVID. According

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Tigrayan Ethiopians Seek Refuge In Sudan Amidst “Unexpected War”

Military conflict and violence in the Ethiopian region of Tigray have caused a communication blackout, numerous casualties, and the mass displacement of thousands of Tigray citizens. Many individuals are walking, swimming, or taking boats to cross the border to Sudan, and, according to Al Jazeera, one person has drowned while

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Will Bangladesh Ever See An End To Gender-Based Violence?

“A society without violence against women and children by 2025.” This is a goal that was outlined in Bangladesh’s national plan to combat gender-based violence. Violence against women and children continues to persist at an alarming rate in Bangladesh. The international community, as well as numerous human rights groups in

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Asylum Seekers In Algeria Unjustly Sent To Niger

For several months, Algeria has been forcibly and violently expelling thousands of migrants – both registered asylum seekers and undocumented migrants – to Niger. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), mass arrests are taking place and asylum seekers in cities such as Oran, Algiers, and Blida have been stripped of

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Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh Beaten After Hunger Strike

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are currently facing a human rights crisis and fear for their safety after staging a hunger strike, which began on September 21st, 2020. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the protest was in response to Bangladesh’s attempt to relocate an estimated 10,000 Rohingyans to an unsafe

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Egyptians Protest al-Sisi’s Government In ‘Friday of Anger’ Rallies

  On September 25th, 2020, Egyptian activists and demonstrators across the country took place in anti-government protests referred to as ‘Friday of Anger’ rallies. These demonstrations, which have taken place for over six days, call for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from office. Though protests have been banned

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Mali Transitionary Government Established

On Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Mali established an 18-month transitional government following last month’s coup against former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta as well as, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. The transitionary government has been approved until an election can be held. According to Aljazeera, a charter was created, which allows for

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