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Refugees, Police Accountability, Incarceration and Detention, Indigenous Rights

What the Law Saw: Repertoires of Violence and Regimes of Impunity
Posted by Joseph Pugliese on 12/30/2016 - 13:19

This essay, by Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese, is an immediate response to two recent events, the release of the findings into the death in custody of Ms Dhu in the week before Christmas 2016, and the death in custody of Manus Island refugee, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, on Christmas Eve. As in the case of other deaths in the custody of the state, these were not sudden and unforeseeable events, but the outcome of a range of violent practices—denial, delay, accusations of malingering, verbal and physical abuse, misdiagnosis, non-diagnosis, active neglect—by the state and its agents,... Read More

Posted by Sana R. Gondal on 09/08/2016 - 02:44

In a recently published report by Amnesty International, it has been discovered that at least 17,723 people have died in custody in Syrian prisons since March 2011. This, the article states, is around “300 deaths per month” - not counting the much larger reality of all those people who have been abducted or are “missing”.

Reports of torture in the Saydnaya Military Prison vary from instances of prisoners being kept in cells with dead bodies, or detained in cells where women were raped right next to them by armed guards. Personal accounts of survivors fill the article with details... Read More

Posted by Sana R. Gondal on 09/05/2016 - 00:17

In this article, a journalist from Kashmir, Gowhar Geelani, relays his experiences in the currently ongoing curfew placed in Kashmir. It has been over 7 weeks since the strict curfew was placed, and the situation appears to be dire, with fear as the general norm in lifestyle.


On 9th July, young activist and leader of an anti-Indian occupation movement, Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces. This led to civil unrest and violence between civilian protestors and the Indian military, which resulted in a curfew being placed on the region... Read More

Man Shot by Anti-Arab Neighbor
Posted by Grace Harlan on 08/16/2016 - 10:19

In Tulsa, a Muslim-American man was shot and killed by his neighbor. Horrifyingly enough, this was not the first time the family experienced such run-ins with this neighbor. Earlier, he had ran over another family member with his car, causing her to end up in critical condition in the hospital. Reportedly, he called the family names, stating, "You dirty Arabs, get out of here." 

While this neighbor, Stanely Majors, was arrested for the hit and run, a judge allowed his releasment until trial in March 2017. He was without probation, drug tests, or trackers, back right next to the... Read More

Uganda's Military Court Begins Prosecutions for Human Rights Violations in Somalia
Posted by Shruti Venkatraman on 08/10/2016 - 20:03

4th August 2016

Court proceedings pertaining to human rights abuses including sexual exploitation and indiscriminate civilian killings in Somalia have begun in public hearings before Uganda's military court, with media coverage. This is an important step towards increased transparency and helps to put concerns over the fairness of the trial at rest. However, other involved regional actors that were also involved in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have taken no steps towards setting up military trials. Hopefully the Ugandan efforts will serve as a positive example for... Read More

Enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico
Posted by Carolina on 08/10/2016 - 00:27

The article describes the enforced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican State of Guerrero, in 2014. The Mexican government has failed to investigate the case and providing a just answer to the student's families. Only one of the students has been found and the rest are still missing. This case lights out many other disappearances in Mexico that the State hasn't resolve. The corruption and incompetence of the government don't allow justice to be done and human violations to be repair.  

The Detention of Human Rights Lawyers in China
Posted by Isabella on 08/01/2016 - 16:46

On August 1, 2016, a prominent human rights lawyer in China was released almost a year after being formally arrested by Chinese officials and subsequently imprisoned. As a proponent of the growing human rights movement in China, Wang Yu has represented advocates for China's Uyghur ethnic minority and feminist groups. In January of this year, Wang was accused of "subverting state power", with her husband also accused of similar charges. Her release came after a televised video, where Wang confesses to her crimes against the Chinese government and expresses remorse for taking on... Read More

China's Toxic School
Posted by Harry Jiang on 04/21/2016 - 01:41

A recent school pollution incident in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China, has grabbed widepread attention.

Changzhou Foreign Languages School is the best middle school in Changzhou City. Several months earlier, the municipal government of Changzhou relocated the school, choosing a site across a field that was previously owned by a chemical plant. Since over two months ago, the whole block has been saturated in an insufferable odor that came out from the chemical plant. Over one fifth of the students at the school showed symptoms of erythema, sore throat, allergic rash, and in extreme cases,... Read More

Amnesty International: Encryption is a Human Rights Issue
Posted by Jackie Fielder on 04/02/2016 - 16:12

New Report Analyzes How Crypto Backdoors, Interference with Crypto, and Compelled Disclosure of Encryption Keys All Impact Free Expression and Privacy

Defending encryption is a human rights issue, according to a new Amnesty International report. The report calls on nation-states to promote the use of encryption tools as part of their international human rights obligations to protect the privacy of their populations.

Posted by Sage Perdue on 03/15/2016 - 10:40

This blog post attempts to respond to trans lives, embodiment, and the status of non-human wherein trans lives are always already placed as they twist, tangle, and queer notions of male/female, masculine/feminine, and beyond. My usage of queer echoes Eve Sedgwick's definition of 'queer' as an Indo-European word, meaning 'twerk'. Here, then, it is imperative to make note of the... Read More


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