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Femicide in Ciudad Juárez

Femicide refers to the systematic killing of women. It is important to preserve this label rather than place it under the umbrella of homicide as it encompasses a very specific type of violence, often of a sexual nature. According to the National Citizens Femicide Observatory, at least six women are targeted and killed every day[…]

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Venezuela’s Health Care Crisis

Figure 1: “Every human being is entitled to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health conducive to living a life in dignity”. The right to health is indispensable for the exercise of other human rights, yet in Venezuela “the country’s devastating economic downturn is ravaging its hospitals”, leading to a severe shortage[…]


The Lethal Injection in the United States

Believed to be a more humane and less expensive method of execution, lethal injection is the practice of killing an individual using a lethal dose of drugs administered intravenously, which involves firstly anaesthetising the individual, followed by a paralytic agent, before stopping the heart. Known as “Carson’s Cocktail”, this “deadly mixture” was devised by a[…]


“Gay conversion therapy” in China: An Abhorrent Practice

“Gay conversion therapy” seeks to alter an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual, premised upon the belief that homosexuality is a disorder which must be cured. The World Psychiatric Association has declared “gay conversion therapy” to be unethical, unscientific and harmful. In 1990 the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders,[…]

El Salvador’s Absolute Ban on Abortion

Enshrined in the penal code, which became effective in 1998, abortion is criminalised in El Salvador in all circumstances, rendering it one of the world’s most draconian abortion laws, lying in stark contrast to the global trend of liberalisation. Even in instances where the woman’s life is at risk, the pregnancy is a result of[…]