Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked, unjustified war on Ukraine

Lane Johansen On February 24, Vladimir Putin officially declared war on Ukraine. The Russian leader, who has been the de facto head of state since January 1, 2000, has been waging a hybrid war on Ukraine for the past eight years. In March 2014, Putin illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula, and in April sent troopsContinue reading Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked, unjustified war on Ukraine

European countries receive Ukrainians fleeing their homes as Russia wages war

Jackson Sharman As the Russian invasion into Ukraine continues, thousands of Ukrainians are fleeing from their homes. European countries prepared for a repeat of what happened in 2014, when a Russian invasion of Crimea forced thousands to leave their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 350,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled the country aContinue reading European countries receive Ukrainians fleeing their homes as Russia wages war

Saakashvili announces second hunger strike

Warner Speed Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced on February 21 that he will begin a hunger strike for the second time since his imprisonment on October 1, 2021. Saakashvili, who had been in self-imposed exile for 8 years before returning to Georgia in October, stated that he will refuse all rations until he receivesContinue reading “Saakashvili announces second hunger strike”

An Update on China’s Human Rights Controversy Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

With the Beijing Olympics fast approaching, several countries (including the United States, Canada, Japan, and Great Britain) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the 2022 Winter Games over China’s continued maltreatment of its minority Uyghur Muslim population residing mainly in the Xinjiang province Although Liberty Lexington published a more in-depth report back in April 2021, hereContinue reading “An Update on China’s Human Rights Controversy Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics”

Stringent media law takes effect in Azerbaijan

by: Warner Speed A new law restricting freedom of the press went into effect in Azerbaijan on January 1, 2022. The law requires all journalists and media organizations to obtain legal approval of their operations from the government by registering with a newly created state media database. After entering the database, journalists must then passContinue reading Stringent media law takes effect in Azerbaijan

Roma people targeted in Ukraine by radicals

by: Jackson Sharman While Ukraine faces military aggression from Russia, there is strife within the country’s borders as Roma people are being targeted. On October 17, 2021, a group of 50 far-right radicals went to Irpin (a city 15 miles from Kyiv) and called for violence against the city’s Roma community. The marchers were apparentlyContinue reading Roma people targeted in Ukraine by radicals

Kazakhstani president orders troops to “shoot to kill” after anti-government protests turn violent

by: Nick Mosher On January 2, protests erupted in Zhanaozen, a town in western Kazakhstan, over increased gas prices. The Kazakhstani government recently removed its pricing cap on gas, which caused prices to double. Although protests began over high gas prices, they quickly led to a nation-wide protest over a lack of democratic governance andContinue reading Kazakhstani president orders troops to “shoot to kill” after anti-government protests turn violent

The perilous condition of internationally displaced persons from Abkhazia

by: Sam Carley On January 16th, 2022, 52-year-old Zurab Chichoshvili died in a suspected suicide in a Tbilisi housing facility for internationally displaced persons (IDPs). His death has underscored the treacherous situation that the hundreds of thousands of IDPs in Georgia find themselves in. While Georgian Health Minister Zurab Azarashvilli has publicly stated that theContinue reading The perilous condition of internationally displaced persons from Abkhazia

A briefing on Russia’s hybrid war in Ukraine

By: Lane Johansen Over the past month or so, headlines have been dominated by news about the buildup of almost 100,000 Russian troops at the Ukrainian border for the second time this year and warnings of an imminent Russian invasion. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that Russian troops have occupied eastern Ukraine sinceContinue reading A briefing on Russia’s hybrid war in Ukraine

Ukrainian political prisoners tortured in occupied Donbas

By: Lane Johansen Since Russia began its hybrid war in eastern Ukraine in 2014, countless civilians have suffered, including the over 280 Ukrainians in prisons in the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Donbas. There have been numerous reports of torture and inhumane conditions in these prisons, especially in the infamous Izolyatsia prison in Donetsk.Continue reading Ukrainian political prisoners tortured in occupied Donbas