Nord Stream II: Russia’s latest ‘Energy Weapon’?

Charlotte Gardner Proposed Nord Stream II route. Source: Gazprom. Nord Stream II, the new export gas pipeline that will travel across the Baltic Sea from Russia to Europe, has become the latest example of Russia’s foreign policy strategies abroad. The pipeline is supposedly a commercial project, aiming to increase the amount of gas exported directly…

Eugenics and Human Rights in the Modern World

Zoe Bodinetz United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 16. Marriage and Family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated. Eugenics is defined as the science of improving a human population by…

Chernobyl 2.0 – A Real Danger or An Irrational Fear?

Dani Podgoretskaya As the Belarussian government finishes construction of the controversial Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant, multiple international experts express their concerns over the project. The Lithuanian energy minister, Zygimantas Vaiciunas, even went as far as calling the project “a threat to our national security, public health, and the environment.” Photo: Ostrovets is to Vinyus as Heathrow…

The Political Dimensions of the Female Body: Poland on Reproductive Health Rights

Saffy Mirghani Europe is largely permissive of women’s right to abortion: most of its countries present no obstacles to women within their first trimester seeking to carry out the procedure, and access to abortion is typically based on the country’s prevailing societal outlook, as opposed to the stringent imperative of law. While several European countries…

Female Genital Mutilation: Tradition or Torture?

Iona Jenkins ‘FGM violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ –WHO Female genital mutilation comprises any procedure made without medical need to remove part or all of the external female genitalia. There are no health benefits to FGM; it…

Women’s healthcare under Trump

Iona Jenkins Whilst the previous system determined financial aid for medical needs on family income, local cost of health insurance, age and smoking status, the new Republican plan tax credits on age, without taking other crucial considerations into account. One of the key changes to the American healthcare system set out by the Patient Protection…

Arguments for a Compensated Organ Donation Scheme

Alexandra Booysen UCL Laws Student Scientific advances have made the transplant of, and therefore trade in, human organs a reality. This raises questions of ethics, law and human rights. The death of about 500 people annually in the UK because of insufficient donor organs has made these questions more pressing.[1] In practice, this debate mostly…

The Skin Trade: A Growing and Gruesome Crime

Women and Health Contributor Eshi Vaz, shares the secrets behind an unconscionable economic trade The philosopher and economist Amartya Sen is noted to have said that ‘poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being’. To this extent, thousands of trafficked…

A violation from within…

Hannah Overton, The Amnesty’s Health and Women contributor sheds light on this dark practise, as she accounts the testimony of survivor and activist Sarian… “Sande belongs to women and all women belong to it” – Ruth B. Phillips Sande. Bundu. Zadegi. All the same society. All the same rituals. All the same horror. This society…

The ‘Bathroom Debate’: A Blow to the Face of Justice

Eshi Vaz, The Amnesty Health Contributor (amongst other things) tells us what she really thinks about the ongoing ‘bathroom debate’…. “No child deserves the burden of being used as a political pawn and political prey” The pivot around which a free society turns is the equality of all of its citizens and their inalienable right…

UCL’s What Do You Think?: Amnesty Special

Hannah Overton recounts a very special What Do You Think Day Have you ever been to a rave in the snow? Before Saturday the 11th of February I too would have looked at you strangely if you’d asked me that. But that was before I took part in UCL’s Mental Health Awareness Day called What…

Amor Es Amor: The fight for marriage equality in Mexico

Culture Editor Elliote Long, reflects on the current situation in Mexico and discusses the realities of true marriage equality within the nation…     In 2009, Mexico City made history by becoming the first city in Latin America to approve marriage equality for LGBT+ people. Last month, LGBT+ activists in the capital were celebrating again…