Human Rights

Teenager Executed in Iran for Homosexual Rape

Last month, it was revealed that a 17-year-old male was executed in Iran for the rape of another male. The execution directly violated standards laid out by the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Iran was a signatory. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children under the age of 18 should not face the death penalty under any circumstances. Under Iran law, homosexuality is illegal and perpetrators of homosexual acts can face the death penalty. In addition to this, homosexual acts are treated as rape and nonconsensual.

China and International Human Rights Accountability

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On a global stage, human rights takes front and center. It is through a lack of accountability that tragedy ensues - you don't have to look any farther than the Rwandan Genocide or the Holocaust to see that this is true. By national entities engaging in conversations about the protection human rights, the world as a whole has a hope of moving towards universal equality and fair treatment. 

Wartime Rape: The Path of Justice for Victims

Rape has been endemic in war for centuries, used as an instrument of torture, humiliation and control against both men and women. Brutalised, these victims often suffer not only personal violation and trauma, but also stigmatisation and rejection from their communities, families and society as a result. Individuals borne from rape similarly suffer in many countries from Europe to Africa. For the first time, the International Criminal Court has indicted an individual Congolese warlord for the widespread rapes that were committed by his soldiers.

Pope Brings 12 Syrian Refugees to Rome

After a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, where Pope Francis met with refugees at the Moria detention facility, the Pope brought twelve refugees back to Rome. The three families, who were selected through a lottery, will be relocated in the Vatican city. The Pope has said that European countries must implement policies to assist migrants, stating that they have a "responsibility of welcome."

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