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The Case For Recognition Of Muslim Marriages In South Africa

Shreya Munoth 12th October 2017

The South African Constitution guarantees all of its citizens the right to equality, dignity, freedom of religion and belief as well as the right to protection against arbitrary deprivation of property. Surprisingly, however, despite these guarantees, Muslim marriages, i.e. monogamous and polygamous marriages that are conducted in accordance with Islamic rites/the Shari’ah, are not legally […]

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Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Johanna L. Gusman 11th October 2017

Last month, leaders from around the world gathered in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Paris Agreement dominated high-level discussions, a poignant topic considering that the UNGA convened in a country that plans on backing out of its commitment to it. In the wake of recent hurricane-induced […]

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Slavery & Casteism in India: No Road to Freedom?

Swagat Baruah 9th October 2017

Modern slavery continues to be a significant problem, even in 2017. There are 46 million people around the world today who live in slavery, and 18 million (39%) of them are in India. Although these numbers are shocking, the fact that there is such high prevalence of slavery in India isn’t. Slavery in India is […]

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Brazilian Amazon’s Opening to Mining Operations and the Threat to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Iago Morais de Oliveira 6th October 2017

On 22 August 2017, Brazilian president Michel Temer issued a decree ending the protected status of a vast Amazon region known as Renca—an acronym for ‘National Reserve of Copper and Associates.’ The area is approximately 47,000 square kilometres and straddles the states of Pará and Amapá (northern Brazil). It encompasses seven units of environmental conservation […]

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