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Bon Voyage? Feb14

Bon Voyage?

Human Rights – Proposals have been tabled by the UK’s Border Agency that would allow for the deportation of unaccompanied migrant children. Highlighted by Human Rights Watch, the proposal would come into play early this year with 16 and 17-year-old Afghans sent back to...

Rights on Trial Feb08

Rights on Trial

Human Rights – The battle between the Egyptian military regime and human rights NGOs has intensified following an announcement that 43 NGO workers will face criminal trial. Charges have been brought under a Mubarak-era law that prohibits NGOs from receiving foreign funding without...

Guilty of Hate Jan24

Guilty of Hate

LGBT – The trial of three British men on charges of inciting hatred on the grounds of sexuality has ended with their conviction. Each of the men has been found guilty and they will be the first individuals to be sentenced under the new addition to the UK’s hate crimes legislation. The...

Israel’s Cell 36 Jan24

Israel’s Cell 36

Human Rights – Accusations are emerging that the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) has been keeping Palestinian children in solitary confinement. The notorious Cell 36, in the heart of Israel’s Al Jalame prison, has allegedly been playing host to youths accused of a range of offences,...

Malawi Skirt Attacks! Jan21

Malawi Skirt Attacks!

Human Rights – Malawians have turned out in their thousands to protest a recent outbreak of attacks on women wearing trousers and skirts. Several attacks have been reported in which females were beaten and stripped in public for failing to wear traditional dresses. While Malawi remains a...

Camila Vallejo: Chile’s Rebel With A Cause Jan16

Camila Vallejo: Chile’s Rebel With A Cause

Civil Rights – A poll conducted by British newspaper The Guardian has voted Camila Vallejo, President of the University of Chile Student Federation, Person of the Year 2011. The 23-year-old has been instrumental to the Chilean student protests, many of which involved massive flash mobs, colorful costumes, and even a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. Videos from the protests went viral over the internet and YouTube last year, thrusting Chile into the media spotlight and making the Chilean fight for free education a global talking-point. The protests have seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets to demand...

Hate On Trial Jan11

Hate On Trial

LGBT Issues – The trial of five men accused of hate crimes began yesterday in the UK. The men are charged with distributing a flyer calling for gay people to receive the death penalty. The pamphlet described homosexuality as a sin and stated that those practicing homosexual acts would...

Saudi Lingerie Law Jan07

Saudi Lingerie Law

Civil Rights – Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to begin enforcing a 2006 law banning men from working in female lingerie and cosmetic stores. The law was created in response to the embarrassment of women when purchasing their undergarments from male shop attendants. The lack of...

IAPA: A Tragic Year Jan07

IAPA: A Tragic Year

Human Rights – In its 2011 review, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has hailed the year as one of the most “challenging and tragic” for journalism in the Americas. 24 journalists were killed in the Americas over the course of the year, with the majority of these...

Votes For Women Jan07

Votes For Women

Social Issues – Women’s Rights – Mauritius, an island located in the Indian Ocean about 900 kilometres (560 mi) east of Madagascar, has introduced a new gender quota for its local elections, under which one-third of the candidates must be women. Arguing that the quota...

Kenya On Edge In 2012 Jan05

Kenya On Edge In 2012

Social Issues – Kenya’s economic, regional, and environmental stability was shaken during 2011 and concern is growing that the lead-up to the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections could be a repeat of past electoral violence. There is little doubt amongst analysts that Kenya still suffers from “the same toxic mix of ethnicity, politics, and greed” as plagued events in 2007, where nearly 1,300 people died and hundreds of thousands were displaced. This time, new problems are adding to the potential for renewed violence. Heavy rain and flooding has displaced a large number of Kenyans and caused significant...

Hungarian Democracy Jan04

Hungarian Democracy

Social Issues – Hungarians have turned out in tens of thousands to protest against legislative changes made by the government. The ruling, centre-right, Fidesz party has introduced the Basic Law, which critics say is a means of curbing democracy and accruing greater power. Fidesz has...

Mubarak On Trial Jan04

Mubarak On Trial

Human Rights – After months in adjournment, the trial of former-Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has resumed amidst rumors of a possible dismissal of charges against the ousted leader. While these initial sessions will be mainly procedural, the New Year will see a host of witnesses...

Afghan Girl Tortured Jan02

Afghan Girl Tortured

Human Rights – Details are emerging of a 15-year-old Afghan girl who was held captive and tortured by her in-laws for refusing to work as a prostitute. The girl was imprisoned for six months in a basement, having her fingernails ripped out, her fingers broken, and facing torture with...

Bad Year to be a Bad Guy Dec31

Bad Year to be a Bad Guy

Opinion – As 2011 comes to a close it is perhaps time to reflect on the progress the world has made and, inevitably, what still must be done. Looking at the year in review, the Arab Spring is without a doubt the most pivotal movement to be witnessed in decades. There is no argument that its consequences, both good and bad, will be felt for many years. The Arab Spring has seen citizens stand up against some of the world’s most heinous dictators; they have risked their lives, and the lives of their families, to offer opposition in countries where criticism of the regime has meant torture and death. The Arab Spring has been an...

A Lonely Future? Dec31

A Lonely Future?

Social Issues – For all those of you hoping that the death of Kim Jong-Il would usher in a new period of peace and stability for East Asia, you may find yourselves sadly disappointed. The National Defense Commission has released an official statement indicating that there will be no...

Rights Under Seige Dec30

Rights Under Seige

Human Rights – Security forces in Egypt have been carrying out a series of raids on human rights organisations suspected of receiving foreign funding. While it is known that select NGOs have been the subject of investigation for a number of months, the raids demonstrate an escalation of...

Diplomatic Chess Dec29

Diplomatic Chess

Human Rights – At a time when Iran’s relations with the West could hardly be called friendly, the trial of U.S. citizen Amir Mirzaei Hekmati on charges of spying for the CIA points to increasing tension. The Iranian news agency, Fars, has indicated that, if found guilty, Hekmati...

Heinous Exams Dec28

Heinous Exams

Human Rights – An Egyptian Court has banned the use of forced virginity tests on women detained in military prisons. This decision comes at the end of a case brought by activist Samira Ibrahim, who claimed that the military forced her to undergo an invasive virginity exam while...

Saving Syria Dec27

Saving Syria

Human Rights – Arab League monitors have arrived in Syria and visited the central city, Homs, in hope of investigating and ending the conflict raging between the Assad regime and anti-government protestors. The monitors have stated that their day in Homs was a productive visit for all...

Equality Now Dec25

Equality Now

Editors Note: In light of the holiday season, several of our contributors wanted to take this opportunity to share some of their favorite orgs and video clips. We hope you enjoy them! Thanks again for all of your support! Happy holidays TDA readers! I will be passing the time in traditional...

Egyptian Women Rise Up Against Brutality Dec22

Egyptian Women Rise Up Against Brutality

Human Rights – Egyptian women have marched in Cairo in condemnation of the security forces brutality against female protesters. The rally was called in response to the publication of a photo showing a woman being dragged along the ground by police, with her clothing ripped and underwear revealed. It is this sort of systematic humiliation that activists are speaking out against; as protester Islama Thabet stated, the fact that the ruling military council has “no qualms about trampling on the women of Egypt and the girls of Egypt, and no qualms about beating them up and stripping them naked.” Indeed, this recent protest is...

Kim Jong Who? Dec20

Kim Jong Who?

Social Issues – While some North Koreans mourn and the West not-so-quietly celebrates, the world is left wondering what the death of Kim Jong-il means for the future of North Korea and East Asian security. In September 2010, Kim Jong-un was appointed his father’s successor and,...

The Fight Goes On Dec20

The Fight Goes On

Human Rights – Protests in Egypt have entered their fourth day, with a total of 13 civilians killed since a new round of fighting began on Friday. Clashes have been met with violence on both sides, with dominant images of police throwing tear gas and protestors throwing stones. Videos of...

Wildlife Foundations In Kenyan Controversy Dec18

Wildlife Foundations In Kenyan Controversy

Environmental Issues – The purchase of Eland Downs in Laikipia, Kenya has sparked controversy following allegations made by London-based NGO Survival International. The land was purchased by two U.S.-based wildlife charities, the Nature Conservancy and the African Wildlife Foundation, and has forced 3,000 families of the Samburu tribe from their homes. The charities claim that the land was purchased from a private owner, although Survival International has cited records that show the land was owned by former-Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi. Following the purchase, families were forcibly evicted and made to relocate to the outer edges...

Firearms or Soccer Dec18

Firearms or Soccer

Social Issues – For all those who think a connection between sport and peace is fantasy, there might be a need to reevaluate. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup soccer event in Brazil, Fifa (soccer’s governing body), is considering plans to give people cheap or free tickets in...

The Face of Justice Dec14

The Face of Justice

Human Rights – As the International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo prepares to leave office, many hope that this will usher in a new era for international justice. His successor, Fatou Bensouda, is a citizen of Gambia and the first African to hold one of the...

Billion-Year Plan Dec14

Billion-Year Plan

Human Rights – One of the many questions that people like to think over when considering the future of our planet is what might remain when all else disappears. Well, there is now an answer, as unlikely as it may seem; President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia. Jammeh has informed the BBC in an...

Mugabe Forever?!? Dec13

Mugabe Forever?!?

Human Rights – For all those of us who thought we might be able to sleep easy following Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections, we must think again. Mugabe has decided that he’s not going anywhere. Retiring would, according to the man who has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since its...

Forcing Action Dec13

Forcing Action

Human Rights – Theresa May, British Home Secretary, has announced plans to make forced marriages a criminal offense under UK law. Described by Prime Minister David Cameron as “little more than slavery,” action against those who perpetrate these crimes is long overdue. A study conducted in February revealed that forced marriages are an underrepresented and increasing problem in the UK. Figures indicated that, in 2010, there were 1,735 reported incidents involving British citizens registered by the forced marriage unit (FMU). It was also found that over half of these reported cases had ties to Pakistan. Adding to the urgency...