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Human Rights Observatory
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image A view of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 2020. © 2020 Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA via AP Images Today, United States Senator Ben Cardin introduced the Human Rights Defenders Protection Act of 2024, which aims to protect individuals abroad “who face reprisals for defending human rights and democracy.” The law, if enacted, would strengthen the US government’s ability to “prevent, mitigate, and respond” to such cases. Senator Cardin said this legislation “will help elevate, guide, and enhance US efforts to support these courageous individuals globally… (Full Story)
By Chao Fang, Lecturer in Sociology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Ageing and the Life Course, University of Liverpool
Alastair Comery, PhD Candidate, Sociology, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
For the first time in human history, we have entered an era in which reaching old age is taken for granted. Unlike in ages past, when living to an older age was a luxury afforded mainly to the privileged, globally around 79% of women and 70% of men can expect to reach the age of 65 and beyond.

Despite longer life expectancy, many people in the contemporary west see growing old as undesirable…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Janet Hoek, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago
Andrew Waa, Lecturer in Public Health, University of Otago
Richard Edwards, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago
If the government is serious about reducing the cost of smoking, it should stick with Labour’s smokefree legislation rather than freezing the price of smoked tobacco products.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Christian Krohn, Postoctoral Researcher, School of Science, RMIT University
Much like our gut microbes, the community of microbes used to process human waste must be healthy to do the job well. Monitoring the DNA in waste sludge can help us ensure the system stays healthy.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Marguerite Johnson, Honorary Professor, The University of Queensland
The myth of Narcissus – the beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection – has inspired poets, artists and psychoanalysts.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Ari Mattes, Lecturer in Communications and Media, University of Notre Dame Australia
Though 2024 once again proffers a mind-numbing number of sequels, thankfully there seem to be fewer superhero films than usual on the cards.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jane Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in Pain Sciences, University of South Australia
Amelia Mardon, PhD Candidate, University of South Australia
Women are disproportionately affected by pain in terms of how common it is and sensitivity, but also in how their pain is viewed, treated, and even researched.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Marika Guggisberg, Senior Lecturer, Domestic and Family Violence, CQUniversity Australia
Online dangers lurk in virtual worlds for children. As more preschoolers immerse themselves in virtual reality, we must manage the risks and keep them safe.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Prudence Flowers, Senior Lecturer in US History, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Flinders University
Abortion is shaping up to be a central issue for both parties in the 2024 US presidential and Congressional elections.

Nearly two years ago, the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, finding there was no constitutional right to abortion and returning regulation to the states.

Since that decision (a case known as Dobbs v. Jackson), 14 states now ban abortion in almost all circumstances and ten have imposed restrictions, some of which have been blocked…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Monika Lemke, PhD Candidate, Socio-Legal Studies, York University, Canada
What do coroner’s inquests do, what don’t they do, and why are they often dominated by police perspectives rather than the community’s or the victim’s?The Conversation (Full Story)
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