Beijing Tightens Its Grip On Hong Kong With Sweeping Electoral Changes

The National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, has unanimously approved a bill of radical changes to Hong Kong’s political system aimed at suppressing pro-democracy opposition. The bill, which passed on March 30th, drastically reduces the number of directly elected representatives in the legislature and gives national security bodies new

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Three Years After A4P, Empowering Women In Peacekeeping Remains Top Priority

Within the United Nations, peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools for promoting and maintaining international peace and security. However, U.N. peacekeeping faces numerous challenges to effective implementation, undermining its ability to deliver on its mandates and contribute to long-term, sustainable peace. Of these challenges, the direct participation of

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Amnesty International’s Annual Report Sheds Light On The Disproportionate Effects Of The COVID-19 Pandemic On Marginalized Groups

On 7 April, Amnesty International released its annual report for 2020/2021 entitled “The State of the World’s Human Rights,” which includes a global as well as a regional analysis of 149 different countries. Key themes covered in the report are health and social protection, which includes the far-reaching impacts of

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Protests Halt Production At Nassiriya Oil Refinery In Iraq

Production has been halted at Iraq’s Nassiriya Oil Refinery, where dozens of protesters have congregated at the entrance for five days in a row. Demanding jobs, they show little sign of letting up. According to Reuters, the demonstrators are made up of over 200 unemployed university graduates, who staged a

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Ethiopia: Political Conflict Gives Rise To Civil War

Attacks between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (T.P.F.L.), a political party established in the north Ethiopian region of Tigray, are growing into an increasingly dangerous civil war. The conflict began to unfold when Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in

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COVID-19 Responses And Human Rights In DPRK

A new report to the UN Security Council, conducted by Tomás Ojea-Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean human rights, calls for the country to face international justice for mistreating its population. On March 1st, the U.N investigator says that the citizens of North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of

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Germany Extends NATO Mission Until January 2022

Soldiers of the Bundeswehr — Germany’s armed forces — were initially convinced that their presence in Afghanistan was not of a combat mission but rather a short-term intervention seeking stabilization for a war-torn country. However, the intervention has turned into a 20-year-long military presence mostly in Northern and Northeastern Afghan

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Towards Free And Fair Elections: The Current Belarusian Protests

A series of ongoing protests against the Belarusian leadership and current President Alexander Lukashenko are the largest anti-government protests in the country’s history. Beginning in May 2020 prior to the presidential election, thousands of demonstrators marched the streets calling for free and fair elections. In August 2020, immediately following the

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Migrants Set Up Makeshift Camp On Spain’s Canary Islands

With claims of the official migrant camp lacking adequate conditions, food, and medical services, migrants have created a makeshift camp on Spain’s Canary Islands. Under the pressure of increasing migration from Africa, the officials converted a former military facility to house thousands of migrants in the Canaries. The official camp,

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Donetsk People’s Republic Introduces Conscription As Russian Military Looms On Ukraine’s Borders

Amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, announced the separatist region’s first-ever programme of military conscription on Thursday, April 1st. Citizens born between 1994 and 2003 will be eligible for the draft, which is currently legislated to last until July

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Rohingya Boat Still Adrift In The Andaman Sea

On February 11th, a boat left Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh carrying 90 Rohingya refugees, including 23 children, who intended to migrate to Malyasia and escape the stifling conditions of the teeming refugee camps. The boat’s engine failed on February 15th, and it drifted for weeks before finally being discovered by

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Critical Action For Syria’s Brighter Future

It is no secret that Syria has had a long and complicated history, with its conflicts stretching across ten years with no apparent solution on the horizon. The Syrian Civil War, which has completely devastated the entire country and its neighbours, is a complex conflict that involves several nations, rebel

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Sudan Abolishing Sharia-Based Legal System Against Public Opinion?

On March 28th, 2021, the Sudanese government signed an agreement in Juba with a rebel group, the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), paving the way for a peace agreement. The agreement abolishes the Sharia-based legal system, which caused many controversies, particularly in the public. The so-called ‘Declaration of Principles,’ was

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Cargo Ship Blocks Suez Canal

The Suez Canal, constructed in the 1860s and currently operated by Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA), is a 193km waterway connecting Europe and Asia. The canal is a major shipping route as it cuts traveling distance of ships by thousands of kilometres, allowing goods to be transported quickly and more

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Africa’s Neglected Conflict and the Price Paid by Civilians

Africa’s Neglected Conflict and the Price Paid by Civilians   On the coast of the Gulf of Guinea lies Cameroon, a country in Central Africa known for its geographical, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Although the official languages of Cameroon are French and English – over 600 indigenous languages are spoken

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