Gay Rights as Human Rights

The pitfalls and promises of global LGBTQ activism “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” Hillary Clinton said in 2011 to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The relationship between LGBTQ activism and human rights has become the subject of both celebration and criticism. On the one hand, human rights initiatives…

The Singapore We Refuse To Acknowledge

An account of the human rights violations behind one of the most successful nations in the world, and how Yale and Yale-NUS are defined by them. The city-state of Singapore is one of the most developed, economically powerful, and safest places in the world. But beneath these layers lies a government that viciously restricts the…

Let’s Get Serious About Girls’ Education in Pakistan

“Education is one of the best ways to improve society,” said Shaheer Malik, a senior at Yale from Pakistan. Education as an entirety is an ongoing problem in Pakistan for boys and especially for girls.  In fact, 32 percent of primary school-aged Pakistani girls are not in school, compared to 21 percent of boys. Furthermore,…

Escalating Intolerance: LGBTQ Rights in Indonesia

On October 18th, 2018, Indonesian police raided a home in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Once inside, they confiscated five cell phones, 25 condoms, and placed two gay men under arrest. Their crime? Running a Facebook page meant to organize meetups in their community, punishable under a law that criminalizes transmitting immoral information online. The punishment?…

Female Infanticide in China

Imagine if all the women in California and Texas vanished. That’s how many women are missing in China as a result of female infanticide. 37 million missing women (“Why Chinese Men…”). We have long been familiar with the fact that many countries favor males over females; however, China exhibits an extreme case of this gender…