HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEELEGAL & FINANCE COMMITTEE

You can release an innocent man from prison, but you can’t release him from the grave

Opinion Column on Death Penalty He couldn’t sleep. The moss spread across the ashen walls, the room saw even less light as rain tapped noisily on the rusty roof and he woke up to footsteps outside his cell again, fearing his time had come. After 18 years on death row, Juan Roberto Meléndez-Colón was proved…

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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEESUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Digital Divide in Online Education

The striking impact of digital poverty was manifest in the Covid-19 pandemic, during which many students’ ability to learn from home was disrupted, sometimes severely, by poor access to digital infrastructure. These inequities threaten to exacerbate persistent disparities in public education that short-change students of color and those from low-income families, resulting in potentially lasting…

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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

I am not broken. I am not confused. I do not need to be “fixed”

In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn. Alcorn, who identified herself as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr where she described her isolation, desperation, and feelings of depression she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to…

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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Addressing Domestic Violence Against Women: An Unfinished Agenda

Domestic violence is a global issue reaching across national boundaries as well as socio-economic, cultural, racial and class distinctions. This issue is not only widely dispersed geographically, but also occurring frequently, which has gradually rendered it typical and accepted behavior. However, domestic violence has serious impacts on women’s health and well-being, and its continued existence…

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GENERALHUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

US Police behaviour- white vs black people

Racial discrimination has been a global issue for quite a while. The artwork above illustrates a way this phenomenon can manifest in the United States: police brutality. In fact, around 226 African Americans were killed by the U.S. police in 2020. Some individuals include Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura…

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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Empowering Minority Religions

In today’s reality of nation-states, we often find ourselves living among a polychromatic citizenry or citizens of multi-faith/multi-ethnic backgrounds, with roughly two hundred independent states that contain 600 living language groups, and 5000 ethnic groups. Additionally, most of these citizens of the world  carry religious identities: 2.2 billion Christians followed by 1.6 billion Muslims, 1…

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