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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...

By Lawrence Wilde The 9th September brought shocking scenes of a huge blaze raging through the Moira Migrant Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, prompting outrage at the way refugees are treated as they try to seek refuge in Europe. Despite the camp being designed to house fewer than...

By Lawrence Wilde There was shock around the political and legal spheres when news broke in The Financial Times of plans contemplated by Downing Street to send migrants to Ascension Island as part of the new immigration policy that the UK is trying to draw up as we head out...

by Rishab Aggarwal In the backdrop of increasing COVID-19 cases, the nationwide lockdown has been extended until May 31 in India. The brunt is faced by migrant labour force of the country, more than half of which constitutes of daily wage earners, contract workers and casual labourers. With no avenue...

by Ritwik Srivastava In the wake of COVID-19, the Indian government came up with a contact-tracing application Aarogya Setu (application). The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on 14 April 2020, urged citizens to download the application to supplement the State’s struggle against the...