January2018


One Step Closer To Peace In Syria: Constitutional Committee Formed

After almost two years of discussions, and a more than eight-year conflict in Syria, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on 23 September the formation of a Syrian constitutional committee. However, the director and spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali, commented to a special UN envoy […]


Losing the Race on Climate Change: Antonio Guterres Plea for Action

During a speech at the Davos forum, United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres warned about the ongoing race with climate change that has already impacted several nations across the world. He said that the world was “losing the race” and demanded that governments act with a greater commitment towards the issue. […]


A New Dawn For Sub-Saharan Africa, Or More Authoritarianism?

The overthrow of Robert Mugabe in November 2017 marked another upheaval in the tortured history of democratic transition in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The end of Mugabe’s thirty-year regime has been met with tempered optimism by democratic activists. Yet, even as people celebrate Mugabe’s overthrow, others are concerned that his successor, Emmerson […]


Libyan Migration And The EU’s ‘Policy Of Containment’

On Friday, CNN uncovered a video of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya. The video showed victims being whipped while they begged their families to send money for their freedom.  After strong pressure from social media, Libyan Special Forces intervened and arrested four men found at the location and freed […]


Qatar – UN Report Proof That Saudi-Led Blockade Illegal

An Al Jazeera news report quoted Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, the head of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), as calling the blockade of its country by neigbouring states an act of “economic warfare.” A new United Nations (UN) report on the blockade’s effects has demonstrated as well that the […]


Thousands Displaced In Land Dispute In Chiapas, Mexico

Since late October 2017, a territorial conflict over lands in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has escalated rapidly, resulting in the forced displacement of more than 5,000 inhabitants of Chalchihuitan, according to Human Rights Watch. The conflict centres around a territorial dispute between the neighbouring Tzotzil communities of Chalchihuitan […]