Human Rights
A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

The United States’ volatile relationship with Russia is poised to become yet more tense in light of recent reports of anti-gay human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, notable for its courageous pursuit of investigative stories, reported on 1 April that at least 100 men had been detained...
The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

As the world watched Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, the UK Department for Work and Pensions quietly announced that a controversial policy would be moving forward despite considerable concern and debate. The so-called ‘Rape Clause,’ originally announced within the 2015 budget by then chancellor, George Osborn, came into force on 6 April without a...
Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Last month, women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day with outdoor concerts, film screenings and poetry readings. However, in Latin America, women were not feeling very celebratory. Thousands flooded into the streets of Brazil, Peru and Argentina in support of the International Women’s Day Strike to rally against gender-based violence, street harassment and income...
Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan on 21 February 2017, ‘the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years.’ The BBC reported that the Sudanese government and the United Nations stated, ‘that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine’ and that,...
The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

Over 250,000 Somali refugees are facing the threat of forced repatriation and the loss of their livelihoods as the Kenyan government continues to seek ways to close camps in Dadaab. There are currently five camps in northeast Kenya near the town of Dadaab, around 80km from the border with Somalia: Ifo, Dagahaley, Hagadera, Ifo II...
‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

In this very moment, twelve million human beings in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan are starving. The UN has announced that around 100,000 of them are on the edge of dying from hunger. This dramatic situation raises some hard, yet obvious questions: why does it take the declaration of ‘famine,’ a flood of charity...
Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

At the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, soon after then-First Lady Hillary Clinton gave her famous speech declaring that, ‘women’s rights are human rights,’ the President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, declared his intention to bring reproductive rights to his country’s poorest people. His speech received resounding applause, and The New York Times...
Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

While women’s marches across the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration captured global headlines, another important news story flew under the radar. On 7 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a measure that decriminalises certain forms of domestic abuse. The move was met with widespread condemnation from the international community, but...
The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

This year has been one of change and uncertainty. While Americans and Brits mull over the consequences of recent electoral upsets, the European refugee crisis continues to see an unprecedented inflow of Syrians and others to the continent. In Germany, often the destination of choice, the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has reported...
The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

On 24 October a fleet of 150 buses arrived at the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais with the task of moving some of the approximately 7000 remaining residents to sheltered accommodation across France. Two days later, the camp, often referred to as ‘the Jungle’ in the media, was set ablaze as demolition crews...
Justice versus Peace: South Africa's departure from the ICC

Justice versus Peace: South Africa’s departure from the ICC

On 19 October 2016, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation signed and submitted an Instrument of Withdrawal to the United Nations (UN) to decisively mark South Africa’s departure from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Instrument read: [T]he Republic of South Africa has found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful...
The campaign against conflict minerals – causing more harm than good?

The campaign against conflict minerals – causing more harm than good?

Rape, abduction, life threats–these are just a few ways militias recruit workers for their illegal mines, usually in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite campaigns to put an end to the problems surrounding conflict minerals, many academics and Congo experts argue that the campaign may be causing even more severe...