Africa / Blog

Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare

The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means of warfare.

The Chilcot Report marked a landmark moment in addressing the problems with UK military strategy during the …

Ruins of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Syria. Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières
Blog / International Law

Don’t Let Inaction in Syria and Afghanistan Undermine the Geneva Conventions

Ruins of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Syria. Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières

The international community’s continued inaction and blatant disregard for international humanitarian law (IHL) in Syria and Afghanistan risks pushing the laws into abstraction and undermining their ability to govern conflict.

Codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional …

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Blog / International Development

Global disability: the silent epidemic

“Disability is a natural part of human experience that in no way diminishes a person’s right to participate fully in all aspects of life” [Schalock, p. 211]

Over recent years, major epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola and MERS have gained major media coverage and policy attention, to the extent that they are no longer …

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Blog / International Development

What is Peace without Justice?

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Peace, without Justice, is no peace at all. Imagine that you are in a country where war has just ended. The leader of your nation before and during war was the one who orchestrated mass atrocities, and in the course of the war, has …

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Africa / Americas

Is US Foreign Aid Failing Sexual Violence Survivors?

US and Kenyan Presidents together in Nairobi, July 2015. Image available on Flickr.

A few weeks ago, US President Barack Obama visited Kenya, during which time he strongly condemned female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages, sexual assault and domestic violence against women. At the speech at a Nairobi sports center, 5000 Kenyans were loudly …

Crescent group of the disputed Paracel Islands. via Wikimedia Commons.
Asia / Blog

Troubled Waters: Land Reclamation and Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

Crescent group of disputed Paracel Islands, 2008. via Wikimedia Commons.

The arena of a number of competing territorial claims – including from China, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan – the South China Sea is at the core of converging regional interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Encompassing an area through which 40 percent of the world’s …

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Blog / International Law

TNCs: Human Rights responsibility

Exxon Valdez Cleanup via Wikimedia Commons

Almost forty years ago, given the then recently discovered importance of transnational corporations (TNCs), UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 1908 (LVII) determined the need to negotiate a UN Code of Conduct of TNCs and created the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC). The Code …

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Blog / International Law

‘Blood Antiquities': Terrorist Financing in the Islamic State

Decumanus Maximus of Palmyra – by Bernard Gagnon. via Wikimedia Commons.

The self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) is stronger than it was when it was first proclaimed on 29 June last year. The group’s ability to keep winning victories was confirmed on 17 May in Iraq, when it seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and …

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Asia / Blog

The Plight of the Rohingya: The World’s ‘Most Persecuted Minority’

Displaced Rohingya in Rakhine state, via Wikimedia Commons.

Myanmar’s Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their suffering has long been ignored in Southeast Asia.  An estimated 1.3 million Rohingya, who are mostly Muslim, live in the Northwest state of Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest areas – tens of thousands are trapped …