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By Samuel Blencoe On Sunday 14th of February or Valentine’s Day, voters in Catalonia went to the polls to elect a new regional parliament and through that, a new regional government. These elections were particularly significant because, for the first time, an amalgamation of pro-independence parties achieved more than 50%...

By Valentina Casulli  Inaction surrounding the climate crisis may be the biggest human rights violation the world has ever seen. In the 1970s, fossil fuel companies such as Exxon began conducting intense research into climate science. They found that the level of CO2 was increasing in the atmosphere as a...

Philippa Dearlove Following the inauguration of Joseph Biden on 20th January 2021, a huge sense of relief amongst both wealthy capitalists and the struggling working class is palpable across America. To the 50 million people predicted to suffer food poverty in the wake of Donald Trump’s amnesic response to the COVID-19...

By Sotiris Paphitis The island of Cyprus has been torn in two since the illegal military invasion of 1974. The invasion resulted in thousands of deaths, missing persons, and hundreds of thousands of internally displaced. One of the peculiarities of the invasion was the town of Varosha, a district of the...

By Samuel Blencoe For 39 years, from 1939 to 1978, Spaniards lived under a brutal authoritarian regime led by the fascist dictator Francisco Franco. This dictatorship was the result of a three-year-long bloody civil war from which, the Nationalist side emerged victorious. The ensuing Francoist repression saw great suffering and...

By Lawrence Wilde Easily one of the most controversial pieces of legislation is to be introduced this year, the Overseas Operations Bill, (currently in the House of Lords) threatens to create inconsistencies in civil, criminal and human rights law. At the heart of the bill is a presumption against the...

By Zahra Iqbal On the 12th November, the Human Rights Journal held an event with Uyghur Rights Activist Aydin Anwar, the event aimed to educate people on the ongoing crisis in East Turkestan in the Uyghur region, exploring the criminalisation of the Muslim identity in China and then highlighted what...

By Aksa Arshad On October 16 a teacher in France was beheaded by an 18-year-old Muslim refugee. Following this, there has been a rise in Islamophobic hate crimes against France’s Muslims and with further attacks occurring in the French cities of Nice and Avignon. The initial attack was in response...

By Azhar Vickland The ‘Decolonising Human Rights’ panel event was held on 22nd October 2020, by the Leeds Human Rights Journal and the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) for Black History Month. The speakers on the panel were all from the School of Sociology and Social Policy and...

By Zahra Iqbal This blog usually consists of foreign human rights violations, which wrongfully leads us to believe that human rights violations do not happen, here in Leeds. This week I wanted to reflect on the recent reports of sexual assault in Headingley, in an alleyway that many of us...