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Trump, “Zero Tolerance,” and the Separation of Families

Sophia Salmore 17th July 2018

On June 20, in the wake of public outcry, President Donald Trump issued an executive order intended to end the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Two months prior, the Trump administration began to implement a “zero-tolerance” policy, prosecuting as many people as possible that cross the border illegally. Since this policy applied only […]

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India’s Reaction to the 1st UN Report on Kashmir is Unwarranted

Sanskriti Sanghi and Samidha Mathur 16th July 2018

On June 14, 2018, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in recognition of the urgent need to address the flagrant violation of human rights and to deliver justice to the people of Kashmir, released the first ever report on the situation of human rights in Kashmir. The report is a conscious […]

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Affirmative Action in South Africa: The Urgency of Accounting for Historically Entrenched White Privilege and Power

Nomfundo Ramalekana 13th July 2018

In a recent judgement by the South African Constitutional Court, Minister of Constitutional Development v South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association, the court struck down an affirmative action policy, holding that it violated the right to equality, was arbitrary and irrational. This finding falls short of the standard of substantive equality in its failure […]

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the Future of Women’s Reproductive Rights

Stephanie Tai 12th July 2018

President Trump recently named Justice Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. Although the nomination awaits confirmation from the Senate, an analysis of Justice Kavanaugh’s record suggests that he could be in favor of implementing a more lenient standard of review for restrictions on abortion, or more worryingly, be the decisive 5th vote the Supreme […]

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Pakistan’s New Transgender Law: Lessons To Be Learnt

Samidha Mathur 10th July 2018

The Pakistan Supreme Court in 2009 recognised transgender persons as the third sex in Pakistani society. However, since then, Pakistan has repeatedly failed to protect its transgender citizens and the discrimination against them has been rampant. The stage though, is set to change with a victory for transgender activists in Pakistan. On May 8 2018, […]

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