Climate cases worldwide have had symbolic value and created developments and clarifications in their own countries in several jurisdictions. Although national litigation has a role to play, it is limited in scope. In order to have a strategy effective overall to climate change, a multi-dimensional approach is also needed.
Since fighting broke out in 2014, more than one million people have become internally displaced. While this has some notable and immediate effects such as increased homelessness, the erection of shantytowns and mass migration to cities less impacted by the war, it is the less obvious and slightly more delayed consequences that pose the greatest danger.
As restrictions lift across Europe and the wider world, an atmosphere of nervous excitement and relief is rising throughout the country. After almost three months in lockdown, we are eager to get back to life in this ‘new normal’. Unfortunately, for so many, the COVID-19 virus still poses a very real concern. On the Greek island of Lesbos, residents of the Moria refugee camp live with this constant threat. An outbreak in the camp would be undoubtedly disastrous.
EU officials have been accused of an “outrageous cover-up” after withholding evidence of a failure by Croatia’s government to supervise police brutality of migrants and refugees at its borders. This throws a spotlight on both the Croatian government’s human rights record and the apparent willingness of the EU to cover for its failure.
While the coronavirus pandemic creates chaos and trauma in communities across the globe, rather than being a ‘great equaliser’, the virus, in many cases, is causing the greatest harm to those already vulnerable. The Rohingya Muslims are one group identified by organisations such as Oxfam and WHO as being at risk of coronavirus spreading rapidly through their community.
In Stop Filming Us (2020) Dutch filmmaker Joris Postema travels to the city of Goma in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where numerous conflicts and even more Western aid organizations have been in the past 25 years. The problem is, sometimes these Westerners would rather define Goma and its people on their terms. Can Postema portray the Congolese reality without becoming part of the problem?
The construction of homeless people as somehow separate from society has never been so blatantly invalid and widely harmful as it is today. Coronavirus does not recognise social divisions and homeless people play just as important a role in determining public health as anyone else. Government intervention during the pandemic demonstrates that homelessness is not an inevitable crisis and can be tackled when made a political priority.
An act of kindness in 1847 set in motion a friendship between Ireland and the Choctaw nation which has continued to this day. These two nations see their experiences with displacement, oppression and colonialism as bonding them together, despite the huge cultural and geographical distance between them.
Jewelry, watches and high-end technology signifies wealth and power for many people all over the world. For millions of workers and many states in the Global South, the mining and minerals industry is their primary source of income. However, the conditions under which mining takes place can be brutal.
Irish prisons are overcrowded, resulting in prisoners sleeping on mattresses on the floor, or tripling up in cells. Some would argue that this means we need to build more prisons. But what about considering the opposite approach – reducing the number of people we decide to lock away from the rest of society?