Protocol Perspectives: The Rohingya Crisis

The Rohingya have been described as the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’. Fuelled by the recent outbreak of violence in August 2017, the humanitarian predicament in Myanmar is deteriorating at an unprecedented rate. This upsurge is not unusual. The reality is that this stateless population has been suffering for decades yet, before this year, their plightContinue reading “Protocol Perspectives: The Rohingya Crisis”

Remembering Liu Xiaobo

Last Thursday (October 19th), a service took place at Washington National Cathedral to commemorate the work and life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, and celebrate his wife, Beijing-based poet, artist, and activist, Liu Xia. The event included messages from the Dalai Lama, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Chris Smith, as wellContinue reading “Remembering Liu Xiaobo”

The Rohingya Crisis: Is International Intervention the Answer?

Who are the Rohingya and what is happening to them? In looking to the crisis in Myanmar and the plight of the Rohingya people, the extent of the devastation is clear. Since August, 537,000 have fled from the Rohingya’s place of origin, Rakhine state, to Bangladesh in an attempt to escape the systematic persecution theyContinue reading “The Rohingya Crisis: Is International Intervention the Answer?”

The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya

The plight of the Rohingya people is a story of oppression and rejection, generation after generation. They are a stateless ethnic minority from the Rakhine state in Myanmar, as well as a religious minority, being predominantly Muslim in a Buddhist-majority state. There is currently a population of just over a million Rohingya, who can beContinue reading “The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya”

Ala Kachuu: Bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Ala kachuu, meaning ‘‘grab and run” in Kyrgyz, refers to the often-violent kidnapping of young women, who are then coerced into marriage by their captor. Bride kidnapping is an extremely stressful and traumatising experience that denies a woman her rights and violates numerous international declarations of human rights. These women often experience physical, emotional, andContinue reading “Ala Kachuu: Bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan”

What’s in a Name? Afghanistan and the #WhereIsMyName Campaign

It is widely acknowledged that names are important. Identities are built around them, and they are instrumental in creating a sense of dignity and autonomy. They often embody the independence of that person, their status, and encourage them to stand up for their rights. Names may therefore be seen to have a massive psychological impactContinue reading “What’s in a Name? Afghanistan and the #WhereIsMyName Campaign”

An Education, Disrupted: Attacks on Schools in Pakistan

Since the Taliban seized control of Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2007, they, and other militant groups in the area, have systematically campaigned against the region’s educational institutions, particularly those catering to girls, by way of violent attacks. Many of these attacks have been highly publicized, including the December 16th, 2014 Peshawar massacre that resulted inContinue reading “An Education, Disrupted: Attacks on Schools in Pakistan”

Green Authoritarianism? Human Rights and Environmental Reform in China

In February 2017 local officials in Daqing, Heilongjiang Province, struggled to disperse protests against the construction of an aluminium plant in the city. Dismissing promises that it would increase employment in the city, residents were angry at the prospect of another polluting industrial project in their backyards. Similar demonstrations were seen against planned industrial developmentContinue reading “Green Authoritarianism? Human Rights and Environmental Reform in China”

Child Marriage in India: The Facts

While child marriage in India was officially outlawed in 1929 with the Child Marriage Restraint Act its enforcement and definition have been a constant source of political debate up to current times within the country. When India was under British Colonial rule the legal minimum age for marriage was fifteen for girls and eighteen forContinue reading “Child Marriage in India: The Facts”

Lion: How an Oscar-Nominated Film is Helping to Change the Lives of India’s Street Children

The incredible story of Saroo Brierley has been brought to cinema screens with the release of the 2016 film Lion, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. The film, adapted for the big screen from Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home, tells the true story of how he reconnected with his birth family in rural India,Continue reading “Lion: How an Oscar-Nominated Film is Helping to Change the Lives of India’s Street Children”