Who Defends the Defenders?

Carlota Isabel Salinas.  Marco Rivadeneira.  Ángel Ovidio Quintero.  Ivo Humberto Bracamonte.  These are the names of four Colombian human rights activists killed since the country’s lockdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Colombia is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous countries for human rights defenders. Last January, the UN Office of the…

El Tren Maya: A Railway of Social, Environmental, and Cultural Catastrophe

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Mexico’s tourism sector was once again preparing for the influx of spring breakers that come around this time of year. Millions of people—from marrying couples to packs of college students—visit Mexico’s hot tourist destinations every year, flocking to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and of course, Cancun. Even with…

To Write in Blood: Censorship of Journalists in Jammu & Kashmir

By targeting local media outlets who are the most equipped to report on issues with first hand experience, the free flow of diverse, robust information to other regions is restricted to a one-dimensional narrative that fails to acknowledge the legal rights of journalists and the rights of Kashmiri people as a whole.

To Educate a Nation

The Condition of Female Education In India India is home to over 23 official languages and 67% of the population lives in rural environments. These factors make it difficult for the nation to regulate various social sectors, especially education. Since its independence in 1947, the nation has worked to standardize education and make schooling more…