Tales from an LGBT+ Safe Haven in Beirut, Lebanon

Despite discriminatory laws that have criminalised ‘sexual acts contradicting the laws of nature’ (Article 534), there is a relatively thriving LGBT+ community in Lebanon. Among them, you will meet brave people of all ages who are committed to promoting LGBT+ rights and who dedicate much of their time explaining those rights to others within theContinue reading “Tales from an LGBT+ Safe Haven in Beirut, Lebanon”

Review: “E-Team”

Hidden between the likes of “Narcos” and “Orange is the New Black” is one critically acclaimed Netflix film that needs more attention: “E-Team.” Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny’s gripping 2014 documentary shines light on not only the ongoing human rights violations in Syria and Libya, but also on those who risk their lives to investigateContinue reading “Review: “E-Team””

Review: "E-Team"

Hidden between the likes of “Narcos” and “Orange is the New Black” is one critically acclaimed Netflix film that needs more attention: “E-Team.” Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny’s gripping 2014 documentary shines light on not only the ongoing human rights violations in Syria and Libya, but also on those who risk their lives to investigateContinue reading “Review: "E-Team"”

Life in Limbo: Yazidi Tales of Refugee Life in Northern Iraq

Khalaf Dakheel is a 17-year old Yazidi refugee and journalist living in a camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. A writer for the National Discourse with his work having featured in the Jerusalem Post, he often reports on conditions within the camp and life for its Yazidi residents. I spoke to him about his work and hopesContinue reading “Life in Limbo: Yazidi Tales of Refugee Life in Northern Iraq”

Migrant Workers in the Gulf: Kafala and the Need for Reform

In the last forty years, few regions on Earth have experienced as dramatic, or indeed meteoric, of an economic rise as the Persian Gulf states. The regimes of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, who today make up the so-called “Gulf Cooperation Council” have seen near unprecedented explosions of prosperityContinue reading “Migrant Workers in the Gulf: Kafala and the Need for Reform”

Ahed Tamimi: A 17-year-old Symbol of Resistance?

In December 2017 a video was circulated online of Palestinian women hitting and kicking Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers who were posted outside the women’s houses. The protagonist of this video is 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is currently detained in custody until her trial on March 11th. If found guilty, Tamimi could face up toContinue reading “Ahed Tamimi: A 17-year-old Symbol of Resistance?”

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”