In the wake of Singapore

In the wake of Singapore

On June 12th Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un became the first sitting US President and North Korean Leader to meet. An unprecedented historic event after the two leaders spent the better part of the past year trading threats and insults. Trump referring to his North Korean counterpart as ‘Little Rocket...

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IACHR to Create a group of experts to investigate violence in Nicaragua

IACHR to Create a group of experts to investigate violence in Nicaragua

On May 30th, Nicaragua experienced an unspeakable tragedy when a Mother’s Day protest turned bloody. Fifteen people were killed and more than 200 injured. This in turned caused Nicaragua’s Episcopal conference of Catholic bishops, which had been trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the crisis, to suspend talks, calling...

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Diplomatic fall out and scandals continue to plague Israel

Diplomatic fall out and scandals continue to plague Israel

On May 14, dignitaries gathered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel and the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. At the same time, thousands of Palestinians gathered at the border fence of Gaza to protest the opening of the US Embassy. The...

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Trump threatens to revoke Press Credentials

Trump threatens to revoke Press Credentials

President Trump took to Twitter on May 9 to once again denounce the media’s coverage of him. In his tweet, the president stated: “The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network...

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Pakistan passes transgender equality law

Pakistan passes transgender equality law

On May 9th, Pakistan passed a law to guarantee the basic rights of transgender people in the country. According to the bill, the purpose of the law is “to provide for protection, relief and rehabilitation of rights of the transgender persons and their welfare and for matters connected therewith and...

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Rohingya Crisis Continues

Rohingya Crisis Continues

On May 7, the Pre-Trial Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) invited Bangladesh authorities to submit observations on whether the court should exercise jurisdiction on “circumstances surrounding the presence of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar on the territory of Bangladesh” and on the possibility of the Court...

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World Press Freedom Day sees press freedom in decline

World Press Freedom Day sees press freedom in decline

In December of 1993, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that May 3rd would be World Press Freedom Day. This came following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a...

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Israel shows ‘conclusive proof’ of an Iranian nuclear weapons program

Israel shows ‘conclusive proof’ of an Iranian nuclear weapons program

On April 30th, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed what he claimed was ‘conclusive proof’ of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program. The documents, which have yet to be independently verified, detail what the Prime Minister called ‘Project Amad’. The documents showed, among other things, the blueprints for a nuclear...

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Gaza deaths: Israel must address excessive use of force, Zeid says

Gaza deaths: Israel must address excessive use of force, Zeid says

U.N. high commissioner for human rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on Israel to avoid excessive force as protesters gathered for a fifth week of demonstrations. In a press release on Friday, 27th of April, the High Commissioner also called for those responsible for the deaths and injuries...

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Kuwait expels Philippines Ambassador

Kuwait expels Philippines Ambassador

On April 25th, Kuwait gave a one-week deadline for the Philippines ambassador to leave the oil-rich Gulf Arab nation over an ongoing diplomatic dispute between the two nations over the treatment of Filipino migrant workers. According to state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Kuwait has also recalled its own ambassador from...

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