From Russia…with Love? Beneath the Surface of the 2018 World Cup

Nothing possesses quite the same ability to simultaneously polarise and unite as the momentous sporting event that is the FIFA World Cup. It is that time again, when football addicts rejoice at spending an unhealthy amount of time shouting at an inanimate screen, while those indifferent suddenly decide that they are fascinated by tennis. ObsessiveContinue reading “From Russia…with Love? Beneath the Surface of the 2018 World Cup”

The Belfast Rape Trial and Women’s Rights in Ireland

*TW: Rape, Sexual Assault Two Irish rugby players walk into a club. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the basis of Northern Ireland’s most high-profile rape case that shook the island of Ireland to its core over the past nine weeks. The facts of the case are as follows: onContinue reading “The Belfast Rape Trial and Women’s Rights in Ireland”

The Intolerant Left? Labour’s Anti-Semitism Problem

On March 26th, hundreds of people, including Labour MPs, protested against anti-semitism within the Labour Party and the handling of anti-semitism by leader Jeremy Corbyn. However, this protest is just the most recent in a history of allegations of anti-semitism and an avoidance of addressing this issue within the Labour Party. Historically the Labour PartyContinue reading “The Intolerant Left? Labour’s Anti-Semitism Problem”

Review: “Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18” at the Design Museum, London

What can we learn about graphics, politics and human rights? Political graphics have long been attached to British and overseas politics, from early twentieth-century suffragette banners to the placards featured in last month’s Campaign Against Anti-Semitism protests at the Labour Party HQ in London. However, whilst they have traditionally been associated with states, corporations andContinue reading “Review: “Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18” at the Design Museum, London”

Climate Change-Related Displacement: The “refugee” label, human rights, and state responsibility

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the primary international organisation advocating for refugee rights. The UNHCR 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees constitute the fundamental international legal instrument for the protection of refugee rights. According to Article 1A(2), a refugee is defined as aContinue reading “Climate Change-Related Displacement: The “refugee” label, human rights, and state responsibility”

Sexual Violence: A Crime Against Humanity

In 2013, the day after Faith organized an anti-rape protest in the south west Democratic Republic of Congo, government policemen came to her home, murdered her husband, beat her children, and raped her niece while forcing her to watch. They then took Faith to prison where she lost count of how many times she wasContinue reading “Sexual Violence: A Crime Against Humanity”

Notes from the field: The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017

“Human rights are not optional norms” stated Professor Surya Deva, the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations, at the opening plenary at the sixth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum took place in November 2017 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, theContinue reading “Notes from the field: The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017”

The Border that Death Creates

A pressing issue that is not given enough attention in the media is the degree of violence experienced by migrants at EU borders and the transnational effects that holds. Iosif Kovras and Simon Robins shine a light on the issues that undocumented migrants and their families face due to methods of security implemented at theContinue reading “The Border that Death Creates”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Landmark International Standard

December 10th marks the anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a touchstone piece of human rights work, fundamental to laying guidelines for later legislation on and treatment of human rights in the international community. The Declaration formally asserts that all human beings are free and equal, regardless of race, class, nationality, religion, genderContinue reading “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Landmark International Standard”

No Place Like Home: The Plight of Refused Asylum Seekers

As informed individuals, we like to think that we are aware of the trials and tribulations faced by refugees. We have seen the various headlines surrounding the currents events in Syria, Yemen, and other such countries. Back in 2015, over a million refugees arrived in Europe as a result of various crises and these refugeesContinue reading “No Place Like Home: The Plight of Refused Asylum Seekers”