Genocide Overlooked: The Yazidis of Sinjar

In Syria, there are no clear “winners” of the nearly eight-year war. As information makes its way out of the region from survivors, smugglers, activists, medical personnel, and journalists, it is evident that the atrocities are immeasurable. There is no…

Human Rights Situation in Turkey

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the human rights situation in Turkey dramatically worsened in 2015 following the breakdown of the Kurdish peace process, a sharp escalation of violence in the southeast, and a crackdown on media and political opponents…

Lebanon’s Deportation of Syrians en Route to Turkey

On January 8, 2016, Lebanon, in an unprecedented move, returned “at least 200—and perhaps more than 400—Syrians” to their war-torn country without first assessing their individual risk of persecution. Syrian travelers arrived at Beirut International Airport with hopes of reaching…

The Syrian Conflict and the Rise of Child Marriage

The United Nations’ Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings illustrate how armed conflict disrupts many of the institutions meant to keep order and protect the public. The Guidelines recognize how armed conflicts open the door to exponentially increased…