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by Georgina Davis Prime Minister Viktor Orbán continues to ignore the EU’s commitment to democracy – and he seems to be getting away with it. As the Hungarian Helsinki Committee has pointed out, many recent laws made in Hungary run ‘counter to values Hungary signed up to when it joined...

Content Warning: This article contains first-hand experience of physical sexual harassment. by Tilly Brogan I’d like to start by saying that I hadn’t planned to write about street harassment this month, but something happened to me a few weeks back that I felt I needed to address. About three weeks...

by Mark Docherty Britain’s political turbulence is hardly going unnoticed, yet many people are unaware of yet another concerning sub-plot to Brexit.  Despite previous assurances that the government will respect the European Convention on Human Rights, the wording of such promises is becoming increasingly vague, and the government refuses to...

by Demi Stubbert It is no secret that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have a dedicated army of censors labouring tirelessly and scrupulously over the world wide web, managing to destroy content that threatens the regime and carefully manipulate information and opinion to the party’s advantage. Since the autonomous arena...

by Tilly Brogan The self-styled “Committees for the Defense of the Republic” (CDR), a pro-independence protest group, has called for a “battle” on Friday 21st December 2018, to stop the Spanish Prime Minister’s weekly Cabinet meeting [which on this day will be held in Barcelona] from going ahead. Via social...

by Romaana Shakir ‘Guapa! Guapa!’ A group of men more than double my age shout at me as I walk home from my weekly shop. This is followed by incessant staring through which I am unable to do anything but quicken my pace and try my best to ignore this...

by Sophie Mullen Under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, Abu Ghraib prison – situated in central Iraq – gained international recognition through reports of overcrowding and torture. After the collapse of Hussein’s regime, the U.S. military was placed in overseeing the detention facility. However, U.S. actions demonstrated major breaches of Common Article...

by Azhar Vickland “You, the press, are under attack like never before. You are being jailed in record numbers around the world… because you are being targeted for exposing crimes committed… for speaking the truths that are most difficult for perpetrators to hear.” – Amal Clooney It has been a...

by Georgina Davis The Central European University has operated in Budapest for 27 years. Yet, on December 1st,  the Hungarian government officially expelled the Central European University from Budapest, with incoming students moving to the new campus in Vienna for 2019/20. This academic institution founded by American-Hungarian billionaire investor George Soros,...

Tomorrow, Monday 10th December, is International Human Rights Day. While it’s important to raise awareness of humanitarian issues across the world, sometimes we have to take a look at what’s on our own doorstep. That’s why tomorrow, starting at 10am in City Square, there will be a demonstration march through...