Human Rights
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...
A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

FIFA’s great scandal started in May 2015, with an appropriately scandalous beginning– a raid on a Swiss luxury hotel and the arrest of several FIFA executives. The arrests were followed by a ban of two years on FIFA’s former president, Sepp Blatter. Official investigations were also launched to assess potential corruption in the 2014 World...