The Right to Post, Like and Share

By: Peter Xavier Rossetti In the twenty-first century, the internet has become a vital method of communication. Mostpeople use it to receive information, socialise and express personal feelings, emotions and/orconcerns on an abundance of issues to a wide audience. It is these attributes that create theinternet’s enabling nature. The idea that the internet is a …

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A Call for a Stronger Response to Russian Aggression in Ukraine

By: Hero Aiken War is evil. The consequences of war are unequivocally atrocious andunimaginably far-reaching. Monuments are destroyed, families are torn apart,precious human lives are lost. No one escapes war unscathed. AmnestyInternational does not support war. I, like many others, am fundamentally a pacifist,and abhor war and armed conflict in all cases. Amnesty International does, …

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Double Standards: What the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Reveals About Western Racism

By: Jenna Barhoush The Russo-Ukrainian war is a localized invasion that managed to expose the globalhuman rights violations of refugees from around the world. In the span of the first few days ofthe attacks, Europe’s acceptance of White Ukrainian refugees and the media’s overtly racistportrayals and discrimination of non-European refugees all quickly played out to …

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“Rights of the People” : The Suppression of Freedom of Speech in Iran

By: Anonymous The 1906 Constitution of Iran would only age seventy three years before the theocracy resulting from the Islamic revolution would replace it in December of 1979. The new collection of laws took influence from Islamic principles and concepts. At first glance, with the exception of the inclusion of religious ideas within a number …

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Remain in Mexico: Human Rights Abuses on the U.S.-Mexico Border

By: Tia DeRuiter In January of 2019, former U.S. President, Donald Trump, and his administration,enacted the “Remain in Mexico” policy (MPP) (Abdalla, 2022). Since then, this program hasbecome a contentious issue, making up a key tenant in Joe Biden’s 2020 election campaign(Abdalla, 2022). Shortly after President Biden’s inauguration, he ceased accepting newenrollments in this program, …

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The Ethics of the Winter 2022 Olympics

By: Tia DeRuiter As the Winter 2022 Olympic Games come to a close, the questions of its morality stillpersist. Located in Beijing, China, this year’s Olympics came under immense criticismthroughout the media due to the numerous human’s rights abuses occurring in the country.Despite the high levels of surveillance throughout the country, restrictions in freedom ofspeec, …

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The Janus-Face of Injustice: A Scathing Review of Humanity

By: Hero Aiken Internationally, Canada has a spotless reputation. It is a clean, developed, technologically advanced country with a plethora of natural resources. In addition, the people are known for their kindness and exemplary treatment of others. In fact, to foreigners, “Canada is bathed in a glow as rosy as the leaf upon its flag.” …

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Chaos in Kazakhstan: Protests, Violence and Russian Troops

By: Peter Xavier Rossetti As Kazakhstan made its way into the new year, the Central Asian country was gripped by intense civil unrest. The rage and anger emitted from the people of Kazakhstan erupted into a violent explosion seemingly overnight, but, in reality, this chaos has far deeper roots. For a long time now, Kazakhstanis …

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Secularist VS Islamophobic Sentiment in France

By: Kaamilah Moola Woven into the fabric of French politics are values of liberty, and republicanism, which most palpably manifests through France’s practice of “laïcite,” or secularism. A product of French philosophy and history, “laïcité” was signed into law in 1905, advocating for the separation of church and state (Villeminot, 2016). From its inception, laïcite …

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Blackademia: the Ostracization of Black Intellect

Academics are actively discouraging Black students from pursuing academia throughanti-Black sentiments. By: Jasmin Smith Portrait of the Black Student When I was fifteen years old, my favourite English teacher taught me a lesson:academia is more important than my comfortability. “Your fellow students will havepermission to say the n-word when reading,” she said, “and if you’re …

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(Copy)right to Life

By: Emma Thornley If you were asked to predict the next century’s emergent human rights issues, what would you say? There’s no shortage of crises to choose from. Anxieties among laymen and experts alike span environmental, political, and technological topics. The United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner has issued warnings regarding climate change’s effects …

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Freedom of the Press: Its Importance and What You Can Do to Protect It

By: Jude Lobo The term “freedom of the press” is (loosely) defined as the understanding that communication and expression through various media should be considered a right to be exercised freely. Such mediums include (but are not limited to) printed and electronic materials, with a particular emphasis on materials created with the intention of being …

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Canada’s Abuse of Immigrants

By: Tia DeRuiter In July of 2020, the Federal Court of Canada passed a ruling that withdrew Canadafrom their participation within the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) (Canadian Councilfor Refugees [CCR], 2020). An agreement which legalized the transfer of refugees back towhatever “safe” country they landed in first, either Canada or the United States (Governmentof …

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The Detention of the Two Michaels: A Story on China’s Human Rights Abuses

By: Peter Xavier Rossetti Michael Korvig and Michael Spavor, known as the “two Michaels,” returned to Canada after spending over 1000 days detained in China. Their collective story is a harrowing example of China’s human rights violations and willingness to use people as a means for geopolitical gain. Now that they are home and present …

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Theory in Action

By: Serina Woo There shall be no justification for what the government of Zimbabwe has done to its citizens. Led by republican President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the government has once again failed the people of Zimbabwe. In Mnangagwa’s election speech in 2017, he promised to improve the quality of the government and reach across political ethnic …

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Crisis in Myanmar

By: Penelope Giesen Myanmar Continues its fight against oppression BackgroundOn February 1, 2021, there was a military coup in Myanmar, which a country in southeastern Asia, bordering India, China, Thailand, and Laos. This coup halted the nation’s first quasi-democracy that had previously held power since 2015, led by Aung Sung Suki. Aung Sung Suki is …

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