Understanding Sexual Violence in Contemporary Warfare

Natalie Chu A war is being raged on the bodies of men, women and children. In regions of intense armed conflict, massive civilian populations uprooted from their homes are experiencing sexual violence on an unimaginable scale. In August 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured thousands of Yazidis when their forces…

Criminalising Illness: The War on Drugs

Sophie-Jo Gavin The term ‘war on drugs’ denotes a governmental agenda targeting the eradication of drug use; generally labelled by officials as being for the greater good, the efficacy and morality of anti-drug campaigns in practice is debatable as they often carry a dark undercurrent, ranging from institutional racism, as in the United States, to…

China’s Systematic Alienation of Uighur Muslims

Daniel Symons Tuyoq Village exemplifies Xinjiang’s touristic appeal. But behind the façade of ancient Silk Road oases and vast steppes and deserts lies endemic state sponsored persecution. Photo credits: National Geographic Society For China’s Muslim minority, persecution and state sponsored racism are a daily reality in this majority atheist country. The implementation of so-called ‘re-education camps’…

The Yemen Crisis: An Overview

Samuel Ching Mother and 6-year-old son in a hospital in Hodeida, a Red Sea port city. Source: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters As our attention to the Middle East appears confined to Saudi Arabia’s alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi and to the Islamic State (IS), not many seem to notice that Yemen, in the southernmost of the Arabian…

Why Gaza’s Water Crisis Cannot Be Depoliticised

Emma Faverio A strip of land where 97% of the water has been deemed unpotable. Where citizens must pay exorbitant market prices for bottled water in order to fulfil their basic needs. Where those who cannot afford it, being the majority due to skyrocketing unemployment rates, have to resort to contaminated water. Where the quality…

Public Stigmatisation: LGBTQ+ in Asia

Samuel Ching Growing up in Hong Kong, I am used to living in a fairly conservative culture. Many people, particularly teenagers, avoid alcohol. The thinking goes: if you drink alcohol, you are a bad guy. And they avoid clubbing altogether, thinking there is no point to jumping up and down to music. But what really…

Syria: A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Natalie Chu In the middle of March this year Syria entered its eighth year of conflict. At this point the crisis has outlasted the second world war by more than 2 years and continues to escalate with ever-growing ferocity. For millions of Syrians, daily life has become a marathon of unparalleled suffering.   A Brief…

Cyber Solidarity and the Power of Technology

Do you tweet? I do. I tweet a lot. My twitter profile ranges from human rights to hip hop, football to current affairs. At the end of last year, the UN Internet Summit was hosted in Turkey alongside the Turkish government’s prosecution of twitter users. I feel like I have grown up alongside the progression…