Laura Shorten


My name is Laura Shorten, and I am an international human rights consultant and researcher working at the intersection of human rights, children's rights, social justice, social impact and international law.

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Cambodia's Land-Grabbing Crisis

Nestled in the outskirts of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh lies the serene Beoung Tamok Lake, a natural gem that stands as one of the few remaining bodies of water amidst a rapidly developing region. A dark reality mars the tranquillity of this area – the violation of human rights through land grabbing. This lake harbors a rich and diverse ecosystem, supporting a variety of avian and aquatic species.

“I have to fight for this house, this land, this shelter for my children. We live in fear of evi

Women's Rights in the MENA Region: Progress & Obstacles

A Background to Women’s Rights in the MENA Region

Gender equality is a fundamental human right and an imperative foundation which lays the groundwork for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The development of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen much progress and obstacles over the past decade. However, the unequal status of women stands out as a particularly challenging problem.

Following “International Women’s Day” last month, this article provi

The Repatriation of ISIS Children Detained in Camps in Northeast Syria 2022

For the past four years, thousands of prisoners, primarily women and children, from the Islamic State (ISIS), have been arbitrarily detained in camps in northeast Syria. Approximatley, 42,200 people are currently detained in the camps despite the recently increased repatriation of women and children. Recent Turkish air and artillery strikes have exacerbated the dangerous circumstances in the camps. These Turkish strikes cut off electricity and stopped the water supply. They severely impacted fue

Mahsa Amini: Iranian Women Are Leading an Extraordinary Revolution

The Death of Mahsa Amini Ignited an Unprecedented Wave of Protests Across Iran

On the 16th of September 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, died in the custody of Iran’s morality police following her arrest for improper wear of hijab. Both Mahsa and her brother were beaten at the time of her arrest.

Iran’s morality police routinely arbitrarily detain women who do not comply with their discriminatory and compulsory veiling laws. The death of Mahsa Amini was the powder keg mo

Myanmar’s Genocide on the Rohingya Muslims: An Inspiring Interview with a Heroic Refugee

Authors Note – This week’s article is a special edition as I have collaborated with a Rohingya refugee living in Cox’s Bazaar camp in Bangladesh after fleeing the Myanmar genocide. His name is Jamal Hossain. I have also collaborated with Rohingyatographer Magazine, a unique project created by a team of talented photographers based in Cox’s Bazaar. They have kindly allowed me to share some of their thought-provoking photography. A special thank you to both collaborations.

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