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Fighting for the Right to Donate Blood: Reviewing Changes to the UK’s Separate, but Equal, Policy Towards LGBT+

Liam Arnull 1st June 2018

The UK’s current policy guidelines on donating blood have a complex history of misassumptions and homophobic rhetoric that, to this day, still requires people to divulge intimate information around their sexual lives to complete strangers at donation centres. On account of the spread of HIV and subsequent AIDS epidemic in the 80’s/90’s, men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) have […]

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Not There Yet and Running Against the Clock: The New Ordinance Regulating Racial Classification for Racial Quotas in Brazil

Isis Conceicao 31st May 2018

On April 10th, regulatory ordinance no. 4 was signed by the Human Resource Management of the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management in Brazil. The ordinance regulates the procedure of complementary heteroidentification, an external racial identification process by using phenotypic criteria. In Brazil, candidates for office can declare themselves as black for purposes of filling […]

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International Law Violations Underpin Tragedy in Gaza  

Ammy Singh 28th May 2018

The death of 60 Palestinians under Israeli fire at the Israel-Gaza border fence on May 14 has sent palpable shockwaves through the international community. It is the greatest loss of life on a single day in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza War, and has cast renewed international attention on the legality of Israel’s resort to […]

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The Irish Abortion Referendum: An Opportunity for Change

Jamie McLoughlin 25th May 2018

Today, the Irish people will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits access to abortion in nearly all circumstances. If a majority votes in favour of the proposal, then the 8th Amendment will be replaced with an enabling clause which […]

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