“Women are for children, boys are for pleasure”

Bacha bazi, or “boy play” in Dari, is a practice that is synonymous with the sexual exploitation of boys. Photo: US Embassy Kabul, Flickr.

Av: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt och Lisa Elamson

In 2017 the Afghan government introduced a new Criminal Code explicitly addressing the under-reported issue of bacha bazi. The practice involves older men taking advantage of young boys in vulnerable situations and has increased since the fall of the Taliban regime. Although introducing new laws banning bacha bazi is a welcome move, the issue extends far beyond national laws.

10 april, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

LGBTQ+ Rights Are Under Threat in Indonesia

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Recent developments in Indonesia are signalling a worrying trend concerning LGBTQ+ rights in the country. Photo: Tony Webster, Flickr.

Av: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt

Individuals identifying with or belonging to the LGBTQ+ community are under attack in Indonesia. Since 2015, the violence towards the LGBTQ+ community has been on the rise. The violence has in many cases been sanctioned by the Indonesian state, who are further fueling hostile attitudes towards the community.

10 december, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Is UNESCO’s work with indigenous people changing for the better?

Woman from the Mong Tribe in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, drawing designs on a piece of cloth.
Photo: Justin Vidamo, Flickr.

Av: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt och Linda Sebbas

For the last decades UNESCO has been criticised for not tending to indigenous rights. The World Heritage convention has, despite its aim, resulted in devastating consequences for indigenous peoples. Signs of change in their work can be detected, but will it be enough?

26 oktober, 2018, Article, English, Magazine