Sunset In The Black Hole


Mahmoud Abu Zeid, more commonly known as ‘Shawkan’, wrote in December 2014, after having been detained arbitrarily and in breach of national and international law for 500 days, that life had become “…endless nightmare inside this black hole that I am stuck in. The sunset has become a tiny strip through the iron mesh…I cannot… Read more »

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Leaving the International Criminal Court


The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, and the manner in which it is perceived to act is once again making headlines, and again, regrettably, the issues being raised are far from positive. With South Africa, Burundi, and Gambia all confirming their intention to withdraw from the Court, international justice arguably finds itself at a cross-roads… Read more »

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Burning Coal in a World Heritage Forest: The Hypocrisy of the Government of Bangladesh in the International Context


Image: Airman 1st Class Cheryl Sanzi (USAF) Only a year ago, the international community congratulated the Government of Bangladesh for its strong commitment to fight against climate change. In its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), the Bangladeshi Executive promised unconditionally to reduce its emissions by 5%, and by 15% more, subject “to appropriate international support”…. Read more »

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The Government of Bangladesh executes Mir Quasem Ali


On 3 September 2016, in proceeding to execute Mir Quasem Ali, the Bangladesh Government again shown itself as being prepared to ignore its obligations under the various international treaties to which it is a State Party, prepared to ignore the opinions of the international community, and prepared to ignore the most fundamental and basic rights… Read more »

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An Imperfect, Just, and Necessary Peace


By Almudena Bernabeu  After years without respite, in the next few hours Colombia will sign a peace deal to end more than 50 years of armed conflict that have devastated the country, and in many cases, redefined it politically, culturally, geographically, and even psychologically. Negotiations conclude today with the signing of the peace agreement, which… Read more »

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Una Paz Imperfecta, Justa y Necesaria


Imagen por: Presidencia de la República Mexicana Por Almudena Bernabeu Tras años sin tregua ni descanso, Colombia firmará en las próximas horas un acuerdo de paz que pone fin a los más de cincuenta años de conflicto armado que han abatido y en muchos casos redefinido política, cultural, geográfica y hasta psicológicamente el país. Las… Read more »

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Numbers Behind the Policy of Oppression in Bangladesh


A question of numbers It is often claimed that in our current society, over-stimulated by bad news, atrocities, and advertisements, citizens have become indolent to mere numbers. They say that without a story, a name or a face, numbers get lost in the sea of headlines that inundates our televisions, newspapers and social media every… Read more »

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‘It’s Your Turn, Doctor’: Medics Under Fire in Syria

Bashar al-Assad

Image: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images ‘It’s your turn, Doctor’. These were the words that initiated one of the cruellest conflicts in the recent history of the Middle East, the War in Syria. A group of seven teenagers in the Syrian town of Dara’a, inspired by the winds of freedom and democracy blowing from the Arab Spring… Read more »

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Diplomatic Discourse in Dhaka


Slavery was officially ended in the U.S. on 6 December 1865, that being the date the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The whole concept of slavery is now quite rightly an anathema to all, and no-one would seek to suggest that the U.S. is an enemy of the most basic human rights and… Read more »

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