Author: Isobel Van Hagen

Child Marriage in Bangladesh: Cultural Context or a Devastating Step Backwards

The Bangladeshi government recently passed a law described by Human Rights Watch as a “devastating step backward,” that would allow child marriage to occur under “special circumstances.” The law still requires the approval of Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid, but that is “largely…

Hallmarks of Genocide: The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

In Majority-Buddhist Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim minority, comprising of roughly one-million people, reside mainly in the Rakhine State on the country’s west coast. Myanmar has a long history of the repression and persecution of the Rohingya, to whom it denies…

The Burden of Proof: Sexual Assault Laws in the UAE

A British tourist was recently arrested in Dubai on the charges of extramarital sex, after she reported to authorities that two British nationals had raped her in a hotel room. A statement from the Dubai government said reports given by…