Words in the Bucket

By Words in the Bucket | Words In The Bucket talks about international issues related to human rights protection, social inclusion, development and peace by presenting articles that are concise and approachable for everyone. We strongly believe that raising awareness, informing people and letting them participate and share their opinions is a fundamental basis for change.

Safe activism: How to protect yourself while defending civil liberties in Iran

United for Iran is an NGO that aims to defend human rights in Iran by increasing the awareness of civil society and engaging citizens through …

Rights & Freedoms

How you can help children without volunteering in an orphanage

Recently, Words in the Bucket (WIB) published an opinion piece, titled, “to stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in …

Volunteering

Meet the Rohingya woman who fights for ethnic equality in Burma

When she was 18 years old, Wai Wai Nu, her mother, her sister and one of her brothers heard a loud bang on the door in the middle of the night. 15 …

Asia

The rise of environmental conflict

November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue …

South Sudan

UK immigration detention policy reveals Government contempt for human rights

In September the UK Government faced criticism from <b>human rights groups</b> for failing to back a series of recommendations by the UN Human Rights …

Rights & Freedoms

The dirty secret behind your smartphone

In September this year, millions of excited customers around the world queued up to get their hands on the new iPhone 8.<p><b>How many phones do you …

Sustainability

To stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in orphanages

A church in the Midwestern U.S. raises money for some of its members to travel to Uganda and volunteer with the orphanage they partner with. They …

Save the Children

Climate refugees need a seat at the table

Similar to a heroin addict looking for the next fix, many countries continue to feed their greed for fossil fuels, investing and expanding the search …

Climate

Brazil's long-lasting prison massacre

October 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Carandiru massacre in Brazil. On 2 October 1992, to control a prisoner riot, military police invaded …

Brazil

Sikitiko (The King's hand)

If you happened to be strolling through the coastal city of Oostende, Belgium, you might chance upon a 1931 sculptural monument towering over the …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

What is the EU Relocation Scheme and why does it exist?

According to the Dublin Regulation (which first came into force in 1997 and was altered in 2003 and 2013), asylum seekers have to go through the …

Refugees

Overfishing causing food insecurity in Senegal, and it's all about China

China’s overfishing is having drastic impacts on the socioeconomic development of Senegal, as well as the marine ecosystem. Senegalese people rely …

West Africa

It's time that the concept of militarisation is held up to scrutiny

Campaigning for disarmament so far has focused on nuclear weapons, with President Trump and Kim Jong-un’s recent public threats of war reigniting the …

War

Christopher Columbus did not discover the Caribbean

Today, the United States of America recognises <b>Columbus Day</b>. A day which commemorates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas.<p>On August 3, 1492, …

Trinidad and Tobago

Deaths in the uncontacted frontier

On September 8th, 2017, the Brazilian government confirmed the killing of <b>indigenous people</b>, members of an uncontacted tribe in the <b>Amazon</b>. Tribe …

Brazil

The diseases of the future

“The warming of the planet will be gradual but the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as intense storms, heat waves, droughts and …

Climate Change

Does the international community have a responsibility to protect?

<b>Forgotten Conflicts</b><p>Not once or twice, individual states and the international community as a whole has failed to react against serious violations of …

International Relations

No Man's Land - Danis Tanović

“No Man’s Land” (in Bosnian: <i>Ničija zemlja</i> ) is filmmaker Danis Tanović’s much acclaimed first feature film, for which he also wrote the screenplay …

Creative Commons

The miscarriage of justice in El Salvador's abortion law

El Salvador, along with Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Suriname, Andorra and Malta are the only countries in the world that maintain an absolute …

Fighting is a way of life

Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is …

Yazidi Road to Peace: Territory, Politics, Accountability

Thousands of <b>Yazidi</b> people continue to be impacted since 2014 when the Islamic State invaded their villages in the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq. The …

Forgotten or ignored: the conflict in the Nuba Mountains

Mohamed Adam stared at the burnt rubble in front of him, oblivious to the heat of the noonday sun as he surveyed all his hard work, his home and food …

Western Sahara, the never-ending colony

The Western Sahara Conflict is more than a forgotten crisis, it is a thorny geopolitical issue which lasts for 40 years. Despite the involvement of …

A witch-hunt in Cameroon

In 2015, François Delattre, President of the Security Council of the United Nations, qualified Boko Haram as a threat to international peace and …

An unending cycle of violence between Turkey and the PKK

The conflict between the Republic of Turkey and the Kurdish ethnic group in Turkey entered its third phase during the siege of Kobane in 2014. The …

Blue Grenada: Caribbean's New Frontier

The Ocean Conference: Our Oceans Our Future<p>At the opening ceremony for the Ocean Conference, held from June 5th to 9th 2017, the UN Secretary General …

Sierra Leone's challenging recovery

<b>The conflict</b><p>Sierra Leone’s civil war was a long and brutal affair. In addition to rebels and military combatants, over 50,000 civilians died between …

The intellectuals of Yemen

Art, culture, and civil society are aspects playing a part in the Yemeni conflict that is being overlooked in mainstream media.<p>Just in June of this …

"We are slaves on our own land"

Every oil palm plantation stretches over a <b>‘forest graveyard</b>’. Of those ‘gravediggers’; Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have the lead in palm oil …