2019 – 2020

Sexual Violence in India: The Unnao Rape Case

Over the past decade, reports of rape in rural and urban areas of India have been consistently increasing. In 2012, the infamous “Nirbhaya case” – in which 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, while traveling in Delhi, was gang-raped, beaten, and killed – garnered global attention. Under public scrutiny, certain “amendments” were made by the government to laws relating to rape. Chief Justice S.A. Bobde made the promise of “effective and speedy investigation and trial.” In the following years, however, those changes proved to be inconsequential as more rape cases were being reported in 2017 than in 2012.

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India’s Borders, Open to Whom?

India’s Borders, Open to Whom?

Last month, the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a new set of laws that would allow minority religious groups from neighbouring Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to more easily gain Indian citizenship. While at first glance these policies seem welcoming to targeted minorities, they notably exclude Muslims, raising questions about their true motivations.

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Nigerian Patients Chained: An Investigation of “Treatment Centres”

Across Nigeria, reports of mental health patients being mistreated in “treatment centres” – presumed medical centres dedicated to treating mental health patients – led human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) to visit and investigate these centres. They found that patients were being chained, denied meals and a sanitary environment, and in some cases even harmed physically as part of their treatment procedure.

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Canada’s Indigenous Housing Crisis

Canada’s Indigenous Housing Crisis

Inequality: Past to Present Throughout history, Indigenous peoples have experienced oppression and marginalization globally. Although there have been movements toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, it is clear that both internationally and within Canada, non-Indigenous peoples receive advantages which Indigenous peoples do not.  The rights of Indigenous peoples are being violated through the current housing crisis, […]

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Venezuela: The Complexity of a Nation in Crisis

Venezuela: The Complexity of a Nation in Crisis

A Nation in Need of Humanitarian Justice The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, now led by Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s successor, has been criticized of democratic repression, electoral manipulation and censorship over the last few years. The dismissal of the Attorney General under abnormal circumstances and the development of the National Constituent Assembly without formal opposition […]

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Forgotten But Not Gone: Migrant Detention Centers in the United States

Forgotten But Not Gone: Migrant Detention Centers in the United States

Tonight, over 52,000 people will fall asleep in detention centers across the United States. Many have come fleeing gang violence, domestic violence, and poverty. They are hungry, as they are not given sufficient food, and the little food that is given is lacking in nutrients, or sometimes even rotten. They are not guaranteed to receive toothbrushes and soap. Conditions are so inhumane and so clearly based in xenophobia that U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called detention centers “concentration camps.”1

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Climate Change and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Climate Change and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The political and economic situation in Syria as well as the ongoing civil war due to dissatisfaction with the Assad government has resulted in and perpetuated the current refugee crisis. As of October 2019, the total number of Syrian refugees and displaced peoples has risen to 12.9 million. Since 2011, the Middle East has witnessed a proliferation in popular mobilization against their respective autocratic governments triggered by political reform, a variety of religious and sociopolitical factors, and the deterioration of the economy[i]. However, the international community has up until recently largely overlooked a major underlying issue. As of recent years, studies have linked the current state of climate emergency to the continuous aggravation of the refugee crisis in this region.

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