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Topical research focussed on foreign policy analysis and international human rights policies

Seeking Justice and Accountability – The Joint Application to the ICJ and Path to the ICC for Syrian Torture and War Crimes

The joint application to the ICJ by Canada and the Netherlands, alongside the international efforts to bring Iranian and Syrian military officials to account for alleged war crimes at the ICC, mark significant steps toward achieving justice and accountability for the victims of the long-lasting Syrian conflict.

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Closing Gender Gaps in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): Challenges, Progress and Equitable Access

The global overview of the period between 2000 and 2022 reflects significant progress in providing safe drinking water and sanitation services to communities worldwide. Despite the increase in global population to a predicted 8 billion people, the number of individuals lacking at least basic drinking water services decreased from 1.2 billion to 703 million.

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Indefinite Incarceration – Thousands of Children in Northern Syria at Risk of Death During Arbitrary Detention

Despite the fall of IS in Northern Syria, closure for the many victims of their assaults and exploitation has not yet been obtained. Repatriation efforts appear insignificant at best, with hundreds of vulnerable children still being detained in inhumane conditions with little hope for freedom.

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Corrupt Enforcement – Bangladeshi Police and Security Forces Still Not Held Accountable for Torture and Arbitrary Detainment

Poor investigative mechanisms, conflicts of interest, an epidemic-level use of torture and enforced disappearances as well as a protective relationship between the judiciary, law enforcement agencies and Bangladeshi government shows any meaningful aims to eradicate these issues only exist in a theoretical format.

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