Women in Saudi Arabia Granted the Right to Drive: A Step Away from Male Guardianship Laws?

Women in Saudi Arabia Granted the Right to Drive: A Step Away from Male Guardianship Laws?

By: Inessa Wurscher.

Since 1990, women in Saudi Arabia have been prohibited by royal decree from driving. This decree has been a point of contention within Saudi Arabia as well as in the international community. Now, a recent royal decree has overturned this law and will allow Saudi women to drive in June of 2018. While this legal change may be enough to open the way for changes in the male guardianship system, it is not yet enough for Saudi Arabia to be in compliance with their obligations under the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 

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Sri Lanka: The Never-Ending Fight for Peace

Sri Lanka: The Never-Ending Fight for Peace

By: Mollie M. McSweeney.

Sri Lanka’s people have been through a long history of war, causing its people to suffer devastating loss. The Government has promised to make changes, but the people of Sri Lanka are continuing to suffer at the hands of police power and the government. Basic human rights are greatly curtailed by the Country’s laws. The United Nations has decided to step in, and hopefully bring the long-awaited justice Sri Lankan people deserve.

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“Not a day goes by without reports of police officers overstepping the
bounds of the Constitution.”
Camelia Nathaniel, A Clear Indictment on Sri Lankan Police, A The Sunday Leader, (Jan. 23, 2017), http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/01/24/a-clear-indictment-on-sri-lanka-police/.

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What Went Wrong in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

What Went Wrong in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Joseph Kabila and his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, have been the only presidents of the renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo since Laurent-Desire Kabila’s overthrow of Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. Joseph Kabila was elected for his second, and constitutionally mandated, final term as president in 2011. In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, the Congolese Congress and President Kabila took steps to block the 2016 election. In response to attempts to push back the 2016 election, and the actual push back of the 2016 election, protests have arisen throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and President Kabila has responded by violently crushing the protests and committing numerous human rights violations. President Kabila should be immediately removed from power for violating the Congolese Constitution and violating international human rights.

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Censorship in China: The Government Wants the Best of Both Worlds

Censorship in China: The Government Wants the Best of Both Worlds

By: Sarah Payne Faris.

Famous for its Internet censorship, the government touts it’s respect for constitutional provisions of speech.  Although the government appears to perceive the Internet as a fount of wisdom, it attempts to shield citizens from using it to its full potential.  The nation’s recent crackdown on social media site Weibo appears to illustrate what appears to be contradictory, but is supported by the country’s Constitution. 

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Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Mandatory Vaccinations in Italy Become a Reality

Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Mandatory Vaccinations in Italy Become a Reality

By: Kathryn Bristor.

In response to a national measles outbreak, the Italian government has enacted a mandatory vaccinations law for school-aged children as a prerequisite to school enrollment, with hefty consequences for noncompliance.  While not everyone is in agreement about this law, the Italian people may not be able to afford to refuse vaccinations without putting their loved ones, and themselves, at risk.

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Mandatory Vaccination in In France

Mandatory Vaccination in In France

By: Kylie Cumback.

France, despite high rates of vaccine skepticism, has enacted legislation to make vaccines compulsory by 2018 in an attempt to curtail the spread of vaccine preventable diseases. Will this new law be effective in recapturing herd immunity?

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We're Building A Wall And You're Paying For It: A Discussion Of United Nations Territorial Sovereignty Principles

We're Building A Wall And You're Paying For It: A Discussion Of United Nations Territorial Sovereignty Principles

By: Michael T. Moran.

The U.S. presidential election was dominated by claims that then-Candidate Trump would build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico without spending U.S. taxpayer dollars. International law, specifically Article 24 of the United Nations, has been infrequently discussed in regards to this issue.

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Outcome From New Zealand’s Election Likely to Have Major International Implications

Outcome From New Zealand’s Election Likely to Have Major International Implications

By: Jeffrey Caviston.

On September 23, New Zealanders went to the polls to vote for their next government. As a result of a shifting political landscape, party leadership changes, and the country’s proportional voting system, voters elected a coalition progressive-populist-nationalist government. In contrast to the country’s pro-globalization, anti-regulation regime of the last 30 years, the new government is expected to pursue more isolationist policies, particularly in the areas of immigration and foreign trade.

 

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Implications of an Autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan

Implications of an Autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan

By: Morgan Lear.

Since the passage of the September 2017 referendum, the Kurds found themselves fighting Iraq to maintain previously established KRG territory. Within one month of the referendum, the Kurds have lost 40% of their territory. What other effects have the Kurds faced as a result of this move for independence?

 

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Chile Wants to Ban Plastic Bags: Is That a Good Thing?

Chile Wants to Ban Plastic Bags: Is That a Good Thing?

By: Andrew Kemmer.

Chile has vowed to become the latest country to ban the use of plastic bags in order to mitigate the negative environmental effect that they have. But the path to an effective ban is much murkier than simply banning bags and seeing an improvement overnight. What will Chile do to implement an effective ban?

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A Pathway to Citizenship as a Solution to the Rohingya Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar

A Pathway to Citizenship as a Solution to the Rohingya Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar

By: Brittany Jones.

The current attacks against the Rhonigya are inhumane and unjust. Myanmar’s history of ethnic conflict with the Rohingya is very complicated and requires a basic understanding of how the country was established.

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Pakistan's Supreme Court Executes Mentally Vulnerable Individuals

Pakistan's Supreme Court Executes Mentally Vulnerable Individuals

By: Shivani Verma.

According to a panel of experts on the Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), imposing the capital punishment on individuals who suffer a psychosocial disability is a violation of the death penalty safeguards. However, the Pakistani Supreme Court is permitting the execution of mentally ill individuals. The United Nations again pressured Pakistan to protect its mentally ill inmates.

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Is There Any Other Way?: Understanding Refugees’ Right to Property after Denmark’s Passage of the Jewelry Law

Is There Any Other Way?: Understanding Refugees’ Right to Property after Denmark’s Passage of the Jewelry Law

By: Kellina Keylek.

In 2015 alone, one million people from the Middle East and parts of Africa reached the European Union seeking asylum from countries consumed by war, political instability, and repression. Placed between two of the most “immigrant friendly” countries in Europe, Denmark responded to the influx of asylum seekers by enacting new policies further restricting the rights of refugees.

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South Sudan: The Impact Of Famine And War On The Nation

South Sudan: The Impact Of Famine And War On The Nation

By: Brittany Jones.

In 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation. South Sudan was formed in part to break away from the devastation of Sudan; however, it is unclear that the South Sudanese government has been able to prevent violence, instability, or food insecurity from taking hold in this new nation. 

 

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