Ewelina U. Ochab

Ewelina U. Ochab is a legal researcher, human rights advocate and author. Ochab works on the topic of the persecution of minorities around the world, with main projects including Daesh genocide in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram atrocities in West Africa, and the situation of religious minorities in South Asia. Ochab has written over 30 UN reports (including Universal Periodic Review reports) and has made oral and written submissions at the Human Rights Council sessions and the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Ochab is currently working on her PhD in international law, human rights and medical ethics. Ochab is a Contributor to Forbes. She has also published in HuffPost, the Providence Magazine, Oxford Human Rights Hub, UnHerd, and Washington Examiner.

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What is next for the atrocities against Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

What is next for the atrocities against Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

To prove genocide and other mass atrocity crimes, evidence is crucial. Documenting and preserving evidence at the time of the suspected atrocity is the only way to effectively ensure that any group is able to access justice in the ...
The Genocide Amendment: Suitability of the High Court (Part II)

The Genocide Amendment: Suitability of the High Court (Part II)

In the previous post, I highlighted the UK Government’s reluctance to endorse the Genocide Amendment. A central objection raised by the Government was that the determination of genocide should be made by ‘international judicial bodies’
The Genocide Amendment: Why is the UK Government dragging its feet? (Part I)

The Genocide Amendment: Why is the UK Government dragging its feet? (Part I)

On 7 December 2020, the House of Lords debated the Trade Bill that defines the UK’s post-Brexit trade relationships and engaged with the question of what should happen if the trading partner stands accused of committing genocide. A few
Asylum Applications Should be Judged on the Basis of Law not Religious Doctrine

Asylum Applications Should be Judged on the Basis of Law not Religious Doctrine

In March 2019, a Home Office letter rejecting an asylum application made the headlines of the biggest media outlets in the UK and abroad. It was not the case itself that attracted this attention but the arguments in the letter that ...
The Extremism Database is in Breach of the European Convention on Human Rights

The Extremism Database is in Breach of the European Convention on Human Rights

On 24 January 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (the ECtHR) delivered its judgment in the case of Catt v. the UK and found that police powers to retain personal data in its Extremism Database is in breach of the European ...
(No) Freedom of Speech at Universities?

(No) Freedom of Speech at Universities?

Universities are meant to be places where freedom of speech flourishes. The issue of free speech in universities in the UK has been recently examined by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (the Committee), a parliamentary committee ...
Towards Adequate Assistance for Victims of Modern Day Slavery

Towards Adequate Assistance for Victims of Modern Day Slavery

Modern day slavery is a topic of concern across the world. International concern is justified because in the 21st century, there are more victims of slavery than at the time when William Wilberforce fought to end slavery. Some of the ...
Could the UK Lead the Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Acts of Genocide?

Could the UK Lead the Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Acts of Genocide?

In early July, leading researchers and scholars in the field of genocide met at the University of Queensland to ‘examine the growing crisis and revisit the two core components of the Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and ...
The UK Government’s Promised Review of Counter-Terror Law and Strategy

The UK Government’s Promised Review of Counter-Terror Law and Strategy

In less than three months, the UK has suffered from four major terror attacks. As the UK is recovering after the attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market, and in Finsbury Park, the question that emerges is whether these terror ...
After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

As the world focuses on the debates surrounding US President Trump’s foreign policy, especially the recently introduced travel ban, little attention has been paid to what it means in practical terms for refugees and internally ...
After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

On 20 April 2016, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion recognising the atrocities committed against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh to be genocide. In addition to recognising the ...