Paraguayans Call For Release of Kidnapped Ex-Vice President

On September 13th, hundreds of protesters gathered in Paraguay to demand freedom for the former vice president, Óscar Denis. Denis and one of his employees were kidnapped on Wednesday night by members of the Marxist rebel group Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The rebel group called on the government to discharge […]

A hand makes a peace sign over the Paraguayan flag. The flag has three horizontal stripes in red, white, and blue and a circular seal in the center.

School Closure In Kenya Leading To Increased Risk Of FGM

The COVID19 pandemic has produced a number of challenges, however the devastating impact for the trajectory of women’s rights will remain even after a vaccine is produced. In mid–March of this year, the government of Kenya decided to close schools for safety reasons. The effect of the closure on the […]

Venezuela’s Crimes Against Humanity

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has condemned the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for crimes against humanity. In the report released by the UNHRC this week, Venezuela was criticized for serious human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, disappearances, unlawful detentions, and acts of torture. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission […]

Student-Led Protests In Bangkok For Government And Monarchal Reform

Protesters have gathered in what organizers hope will become the largest anti-government demonstration in Bangkok. This comes after weeks of daily rallies in the Thai capital, calling for the prime minister’s resignation. In addition to these calls, some are also urging monarchal reforms. The country’s strict royal defamation laws make […]

A Thai flag waves against a cloudy sky. The flag has a large blue horizontal stripe, bordered on the top and bottom by thinner, matching white and red stripes. The edge of the flag is tattered and torn.

The Libyan flag: red, black, and green horizontal stripes with a white crescent moon and star in the center.

Libya Today: Still Lacking Stability, Still Lacking Security

It has been almost a decade since a NATO-supported movement overthrew Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization sought to free Libya of authoritarian rule, improve living standards, and increase the overall security of the country. Nonetheless, in the last decade, Libyans have experienced deteriorating living standards, corruption, numerous […]

UN Human Rights Council Intervenes In Escalating Belarus Crisis

In the months leading up to the 9 August presidential elections, the Belarusian authorities had cracked down harshly on dissenting protesters who opposed the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution on 18 September to enhance scrutiny of alleged violations in Belarus following reports of […]

Belarus Leader Entreats Putin For Support As Crackdown Fails To Dispel Protests

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko entreated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support at the Black Sea Sochi resort on Monday, as crackdown measures fail to dispel protests. Putin responded with a $1.5 billion dollar loan to Belarus, to refinance earlier loans, as well as gold and foreign exchange reserves depleted last month […]

Floods And Food Shortages Threaten To Push Nigeria Into A Food Crisis

Nigeria is currently dealing with twin crises, record-breaking flooding, and a food shortage. According to Reuters, this is threatening to push Africa’s most populous country into a devastating food crisis. In 2020, Nigeria has dealt with destructive floods that have killed at least 40 and have displaced over 15,000 people. […]

India Student Leader Umar Khalid Arrested Over Delhi Riots

A prominent student activist has been arrested under anti-terrorism laws for his alleged role in February’s deadly riots in Delhi. Umar Khalid, 33, was taken into custody around 11pm local time on September 13th. The law under which Khalid has been arrested, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), was amended […]

The Abraham Accords: Peace For The Middle East? 1

On September 15th 2020, diplomats from the two Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a deal with Israel agreeing to diplomatic and economic ties. With this agreement, dubbed the Abraham Accords by The White House, commercial air travel will begin between Israel and the Gulf states […]

UN Rights Chief Discussing Visit To Xinjiang With China

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced at a UN gathering in Geneva on September 14th, that she is in discussions with Chinese authorities regarding a possible visit to the Xinjiang region. The announcement comes amidst growing criticism and controversy surrounding the treatment of the ethnic […]

Disney’s Mulan Controversy Is A Harrowing Reminder Of Human Rights Abuses

Calls to boycott Disney’s new film Mulan were prompted by Hong Kong protestors earlier this month when lead actress Liu Yifei made a post on social media in support of Hong Kong police. Criticism centered on the post expressing pro-Chinese government sentiment, which has been associated with endorsing police brutality. […]

Moria Fire Highlights Failure Of EU Migration Policies

This past week a devastating fire ripped through Europe’s largest camp for asylum seekers, leaving about 13,000 migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos with no place to go. For years, thousands of refugees and migrants who arrived on Lesbos and placed in the ominous camp, known as Moria, have […]

Breakthrough Legislation On The Horizon For Afghan Women

National identification cards of Afghanistan will potentially bear women’s names alongside their male partners’, in an upward step for women’s rights in a country that pushes a patriarchal agenda. Activists have continually fought for years under the ‘Where is my name?’ campaign in demand of recognition. For decades, Afghan women […]