Confronting South America’s Violent Past: An Interview with Human Rights Scholar Dr Francesca Lessa

Image by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash By Clorrie Violet Yeomans In this exclusive interview for Protocol Magazine, Oxford scholar Dr Francesca Lessa shares her two decades of experience researching human rights in Latin America. Lessa’s research focuses on accountability for past human rights violations and the politics behind these processes, which involve state, regional, andContinue reading “Confronting South America’s Violent Past: An Interview with Human Rights Scholar Dr Francesca Lessa”

Femicide: the unrelenting epidemic

Written by Sarah Rennie Content Warning: Violence Against Women & Femicide Throughout the nineties and early 2000s, Ciudad Juárez (a Mexican city just south of El Paso, Texas) made the headlines for the deaths of numerous women. In 1993, the first crimes were reported, as bodies were found on the outskirts of the city ManyContinue reading “Femicide: the unrelenting epidemic”

“Buen Vivir”: Rethinking Development and Prosperity

Photo by ia huh on Unsplash Written by Depali Rai How one school of thought is reconceptualising development beyond the western-centric confines of neo-liberal capitalism and individualism. International development has been a key tenet of global politics and foreign relations since the earlier half of the 20th century. Following the Second World War, the American-backed Marshall Plan pumpedContinue reading ““Buen Vivir”: Rethinking Development and Prosperity”

Air Pollution and Rights to Clean Air: Disproportionate Rates of Premature Mortality in Women

Photo by Quinn Buffing on Unsplash Written by Jessica Harris During the first few months of spring this year, banana bread and elaborate recipes flooded social media platforms as homebound citizens were combatting boredom under national lockdowns. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, much of the developed world has spent more time in the kitchen, claiming the spaceContinue reading “Air Pollution and Rights to Clean Air: Disproportionate Rates of Premature Mortality in Women”

Education in the Peruvian Andes

Taken from Green Global Travel ; by Brett Love. Written by Olivia Bastin As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. As Victor Hugo said, “He who opens a school door closes a prison”. And as Anthony J D’Angelo said, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow”.Continue reading “Education in the Peruvian Andes”

Understanding the Paradox

2019 riots in Chile literally leave the streets in flames. Source: Within Latin America, Chile is one of the leading nations for the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rates per-capita and is often lauded as an economic success story. Yet, Chile is also plagued by great economic disparity within the country. This contradictory situationContinue reading “Understanding the Paradox”

The Destruction of the Amazon: Systemic Causes

Fires are currently burning in the Amazon rainforest at the highest rate in over 10 years. Via ABCNews. The Amazon rainforest is disappearing at a record rate. Deforestation in the Amazon has been continually increasing, and is up by 30% from last year. As a result, this year marks the highest rate of deforestation inContinue reading “The Destruction of the Amazon: Systemic Causes”

Is the UN Human Rights Council Broken?

Some are worried the UN human rights council is headed down the same track as the now defunct Human Rights Commission. Photo courtesy of UN Photo. Venezuela was voted onto the United Nations Human Rights Council on 17 October 2019 by the 74th UN General Assembly. Venezuela and Brazil were both voted on to theContinue reading “Is the UN Human Rights Council Broken?”

A Call for Justice: Los Desaparecidos de México

Protest Camp for 43 missing students in Reforma, Mexico City Photo by Carlos Valenzuela, Wikimedia Commons On September 26th 2019, people from all over Mexico took to the streets of Mexico City, marching to commemorate the loved ones they had lost five years earlier. In 2014, in the southern state of Guerrero, 43 students wentContinue reading “A Call for Justice: Los Desaparecidos de México”

Hopes Hung by Hunger: Politics and Crisis in Argentina

Protestors gather on the streets of Buenos Aires via REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian Widely regarded as ‘the granary of the world’, Argentina is within the world’s top ten producers for wheat, peanuts, corn, soy, lemons, apples, and pears, amongst others. The country produces enough food for some 440 million people: more than ten times its population figure.Continue reading “Hopes Hung by Hunger: Politics and Crisis in Argentina”