Climate Refugees: A Global Issue

Europe is in the midst of a massive migrant crisis as people flee from nations of conflict in the Middle East. A refugee in this context has been defined by the 1951 UN Refugee Convention as a person with “well-founded fear of being persecuted because of race, religion, nationality, or membership of a social groupContinue reading “Climate Refugees: A Global Issue”

Counter-Terrorism: Intrusive, Inconvenient, Illegal or Necessary?

In light of the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, there is an even greater need for governments, the European Union, and the United Nations to impose effective counter-terrorism measures. Arguably, the severity and intensity of these attacks has led to a popular demand to know what exactly is being done to prevent such attacksContinue reading “Counter-Terrorism: Intrusive, Inconvenient, Illegal or Necessary?”

Unnatural Disasters and the Fight for Gender Equality

Most people in the 21st century believe in global warming. Its impact on our physical environment is – literally – impossible to escape. The frequency and intensity of droughts, floods, storms, cyclones, heatwaves, and other extreme weather events – so-called ‘natural disasters’ – is ever-mounting, now killing more people annually than have been killed inContinue reading “Unnatural Disasters and the Fight for Gender Equality”

New Technologies and Human Rights: What We Can Do

With the internet and new technologies integrating and transforming nearly every aspect of our daily lives, new forms of expression have emerged. From online petitions to #hashtags and viral trends, new technologies are firmly engraining themselves in our everyday organization and association, gradually revolutionizing the way we take action. Concurrently, the way human rights issuesContinue reading “New Technologies and Human Rights: What We Can Do”

When Fear of Contagious Disease Rationalizes Discrimination

According to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), the 2014 outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is the largest outbreak of the virus in history and the virus’ first epidemic. While Nigeria has managed to stop the flow of new cases, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have widespread transmission of the virus. As of 5Continue reading “When Fear of Contagious Disease Rationalizes Discrimination”

Gay rights – a global perspective

“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states.” These were the words spoken by President Obama to the New Yorker in late October. His statement coincided with the Supreme Court rejection of a number of appeals, resulting in the legalisation of gay marriage in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, NorthContinue reading “Gay rights – a global perspective”

Changes and Challenges in Humanitarian Intervention

People need more than food to have a normal life, pointed out Alasdair Gordon-Gibson during his talk in St Andrews on October 16th. Gordon-Gibson graduated in 1982 from the University of St Andrews with an honors degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He went on to lead a successful career with the British Red Cross,Continue reading “Changes and Challenges in Humanitarian Intervention”

The War Against Women: At Home and Abroad

There are 60 million women missing due to neglect and sex-selective abortions, 15 million female slaves in sex-trafficking and labour, and 5,000 victims per year in honour killings. These are hallowing indications of a phenomenon known as gendercide. Gendercide is the systematic killing of members of a specific sex. In this article, we will expandContinue reading “The War Against Women: At Home and Abroad”

#HeForShe

Speaking in her now famous address at the United Nations Headquarters on September 20, actress Emma Watson defined feminism as, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” Watson felt the need to provide this definition afterContinue reading “#HeForShe”