Welcome to our roundup of news and current events related to ethics and international affairs! Here’s what we’ve been reading this month:
Though French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has gained attention for her populist politics, she is not the only candidate to eschew multilateralism; only one of the five French presidential candidates supports staying in the European Union outright. Should France withdraw from the EU, the institution would lose much of its funding and influence, putting its future in jeopardy.
Read more on democracy and the future of the EU in Ethics & International Affairs:
For the first time, the archive of the UN war crimes commission will be made public online through the Wiener Library. The files provide insight into the UN’s early attempts to prosecute crimes against humanity and include demands for justice from invaded countries such as Poland and China, as well as detailed evidence of crimes committed at concentration camps such as Treblinka and Auschwitz.
Read more on justice and mass atrocities in Ethics & International Affairs:
The death toll from a recent outbreak of meningitis has reached 745 according to the CDC. The outbreak has been particularly devastating due to a shortage of vaccines for the particular strain. The Nigerian government hopes to mitigate the disease’s spread through the creation of a multi-organization immunization team and education campaigns.
Read more on global health justice in Ethics & International Affairs:
Amidst a severe economic decline, South Africa has indicated it is contemplating land confiscation from white farmers in an attempt at restitution for seizures under colonialism. While the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, which became law in 2014, grants the victims of forced displacement a legal means to regain control of their property, private property laws outlined in the constitution have previously made forced seizures difficult. President Zuma is contemplating the relaxation of these private property protections, triggering debates on transitional justice.
Read more on transitional justice in Ethics & International Affairs:
The United States has dropped the largest conventional bomb in its arsenal on a target in Afghanistan. The munition is nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” and the April 13th strike against an ISIS tunnel complex marks its first use. This strike, along with the recent Tomahawk missile strike on Syria, has sparked debates about conduct in war and the ethics of using force short of war.
Read more on U.S. foreign policy and ethical conduct in war in Ethics & International Affairs:
The Bangladeshi government is considering proposals to relocate Rohingya refugees to a flood-prone island that some consider uninhabitable. Fear of forced relocation to the island is causing some refugees to consider traveling back to Myanmar, despite the risk of persecution.
Read more on refugee rights and statelessness in Ethics & International Affairs: