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…

Rape: Weapon of War

By: Alina Glaubitz “Papa Bemba sent us,” they said. Armed and clothed in uniforms, mimicking those of the Central African Republic army, the Banyamulengués entered witness P199’s[1] compound in Bondoro. Shrill, heart-breaking screams tore across the compound. As witness P199 crouched, hiding behind a thicket of plants, she saw two rows of soldiers, as though…

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…

The Crisis of Girls’ Education in West and Central Africa

Obstacles to securing the right to education amidst violence, gender expectations & colonial legacy In May 2015, an international conference in Oslo, Norway opened for endorsement the Safe Schools Declaration, an inter-governmental political commitment to strengthen education in times of conflict. By declaring the need to “promote and protect the right to education and to…

Modern Slavery in Mauritania

Slavery still exists. It is not a practice banished by history, locked within the “shameful episode” chapter of a textbook. It is a practice alive and well. And in some cases, it is thriving. One of the places most wounded by this disgraceful institution is the West-African country Mauritania, which CNN aptly dubbed “slavery’s last…

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,…

Human Rights and the Education System of the United States

This article aims to give a general overview of the human rights concerns within our domestic education system, and to draw attention to an accumulating education debt that questions the legitimacy of the statement — “equal opportunity for all.” As is evident from the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, the United States…

Yemen: The Hidden Crisis

1 million contracted cholera.  1 million contracted cholera.  18 million are food insecure. Over 1.8 million children are malnourished. Over 5,000 children have been killed or injured. Three quarters of Yemen’s population are in need of humanitarian assistance. What is happening in Yemen? Why is Yemen ignored?  The Houthi insurgency in Yemen is a primarily…

Gun Control: A Matter of Life, Death, and Fundamental Rights

On February 14th, 2018, Nikolas Cruz went on a rampage, firing wildly at students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, ultimately killing 17 people. The massacre incited a nationwide debate surrounding gun control; a youth-led movement pushed for stricter gun laws, while a resistant movement clung to broad interpretations of the Second Amendment,…

Qatar’s Migrant Labor Crisis

The World Cup draws millions of soccer fans every four years. However, few are aware that the upcoming games in Qatar will take place in stadiums built by exploited migrant laborers. After winning the hosting privilege for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar – the tiny Arab country boasting the world’s highest per-capita income – needed…