Xun Yuan

Freelance Journalist

Location icon Colombia

I am a freelance journalist based in Colombia, covering migration, poverty, prostitution, peace process and related topics. I previously worked at Human Rights Watch as a fellow, focusing on refugee protection issues, and at International Refugee Assistance Project as legal intern.

I studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, with a focus on international law and human rights law, including refugee law, sex equality, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, etc.

Having traveled to over 20 countries and conducted numerous field research projects, I have written for Human Rights Watch, Michigan Journal of International Law, The City Paper of Bogota, and other professor-assigned projects.

I speak fluent Chinese and English, and am currently learning Spanish.

The City Paper Bogotá
Colombia's coca farmers revolt | The City Paper Bogotá

The palafitic huts of Tumaco's ramshackle slums, hunch over mudflats that extend deep into the Pacific Ocean. In this impoverished corner of southwestern Colombia, home to some 200,000 Afro-Colombians, heavily armed police and a telecommunications tower symbolize the state's presence.

The City Paper Bogotá
Youth leaders in Bogotá get earful on day one of One Young World | The City Paper Bogotá

Some 1,300 youngsters from around the world attending One Young World in Bogotá got an earful from a legend Thursday, the opening day of the summit. But, the earful wasn't directed at them - instead, rock star Sir Bob Geldof lashed-out at Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi for her systematic ethnic cleansing of the majority-Muslim Rohingya population.

Human Rights Watch
EU: Boat Migration Demands Shared Responsibility

(Milan) - Measures to tackle boat migration in the central Mediterranean - proposed on July 3, 2017, by the European Union migration commissioner and the interior ministers of Italy, France, and Germany - fall far short of what is needed, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Michigan Journal of International Law
Kenya to Close Dadaab Refugee Camp in Violation of International Law - The Michigan Journal of...

Xun Yuan Vol. 38 Associate Editor In May 2016, the Kenyan government announced that it would start closing the world's largest refugee camp - Dadaab camp. At the same time, the government determined, with the assistance of UNHCR, to speed up the expatriation process for Somali refugees who currently reside in the camp.[1]This puts Kenyan ...

Human Rights Watch
France: Police Attacking Migrants in Calais

Human Rights Watch research found that police forces in Calais, particularly the French riot police (Compagnies républicaines de sécurité, CRS), routinely use pepper spray on child and adult migrants while they are sleeping or in other circumstances in which they pose no threat.

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