Disruption for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide to Contextualizing Just Stop Oil’s Climate Work Within the Havoc Big Oil has Wreaked on Human Rights

Suella Braverman and her compatriots (and you, if you find yourself excessively annoyed) are playing the world’s smallest violin when it comes to the degree of disruption Just Stop Oil activists, demanding the ban of all new fossil fuel projects, have caused in the United Kingdom. “Threat to our way of life” seems to be a bit of a melodramatic battlecry when your adversaries are your neighbours…

Working for an NGO: Tips to secure a placement in an accessible yet elusive industry

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are present across all industry sectors. Known for championing positive change and helping those who often need it most, they are one of the most effective ways for social actors to interact with governments and institutions…

Providing Help or Hindering Recovery? Exposing the Dark Side of Britain’s Psychiatric Facilities

Throughout September and October, Instagram is full of posts addressing ‘Suicide Prevention Awareness Month’ or ‘World Mental Health Awareness Day’. While it is positive that resources are being shared and conversations are spawning, it isn’t enough. Throughout history, society has failed those struggling with their mental health by using them for ‘entertainment’ or locking them up and throwing away the key. Unfortunately, this still happens in the 21st century Britain…

Big Brother is watching you: Dutch Court rules that requiring employees to keep webcams turned on violates ECHR

The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the way we work has been truly unprecedented. In May 2022, over 2 years since the initial outbreak of the pandemic, 24% of workers in the UK are engaged in hybrid working while 14% are exclusively working from home. While numerous advantages to working from home exist for employees, there are still concerns regarding how to navigate the divide between personal and professional when the home becomes the office. Across Europe, this dilemma is being framed as a human rights issue.

Fast Fashion, Slow Commitment: Fashion Brands and Human Rights in the Garment Industry

Image by Rio Lecatompessy on Unsplash By Katie McMillan In a society wherein overconsumption and influencers’ fast fashion ‘hauls’ perpetually receive critique from climate activists (and rightfully so), it is hard to be ignorant of the negative environmental effects of fast fashion. It does seem, however, rather easy to forget that this is only oneContinue reading “Fast Fashion, Slow Commitment: Fashion Brands and Human Rights in the Garment Industry”

Out of the Closet and Across the Border: LGBT+ Refugees Fleeing Afghanistan

Image by Ian Taylor on Unsplash By Brigid Rawdon Content warning: Homophobia, death penalty, sexual assault  In August of 2021, the Taliban, an extremist armed militant group regained control of the nation of Afghanistan. The group had been driven out of power following the invasion by the American military in 2001. However, after American troopsContinue reading “Out of the Closet and Across the Border: LGBT+ Refugees Fleeing Afghanistan”

Polite protest: fundamental rights, the British way

Image by Markus Spiske on Unsplash By Maya Zealey “Democracy is not something that you believe in, or something that you hang your hat on. It’s something that you do, you participate. Without participation, democracy crumbles and fails.” This is a quote from Abbie Hoffman, a controversial activist who rose to prominence protesting America’s involvementContinue reading “Polite protest: fundamental rights, the British way”

Tackling violence against women and girls in the UK: is a misogyny hate crime bill part of the solution? 

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash By Louise Palmer  Content warning: Violence against Women and Girls/ Sexual Assult When asked to think about Human Rights, it is common for people to picture places and situations that are distant or far removed from their everyday lives. However, this perception is deeply misleading as Human RightsContinue reading “Tackling violence against women and girls in the UK: is a misogyny hate crime bill part of the solution? “

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”

Not Even the ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Can Get Kagame in Trouble

The international community’s golden child at the 2018 Munich Security Conference. Photo by MSC / Hildenbrand By Anna Videbaek Smith Not even the late-night hours of August 27th 2020 could tame the scorching Dubai heat, as 66-year old Paul Rusesabagina boarded a private jet. While slightly jaded from ill health and the passing of time,Continue reading “Not Even the ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Can Get Kagame in Trouble”