Category: Human Rights Defenders

Open Letter to Honorable Claire D. Cronin on Transnational Repression in Ireland

Open Letter to Honorable Claire D. Cronin on Transnational Repression in Ireland

Open Letter to Honorable Claire D. Cronin on Transnational Repression in Ireland

Dear Esteemed Ambassador Cronin:

I am writing to you with the hope of scheduling a meeting to discuss the practice of transnational repression in the Republic of Ireland that is impacting the lives of American asylum seekers. I believe that it is within my best interest to leave Ireland and to pursue my research and educational aspirations in a different country, as I fear my freedom and life would be threatened if I returned to the United States of America (hereinafter “United States”). First, furthering my educational pursuits abroad will give me the opportunity to fulfil one of the requirements of my B.A. Law undergraduate degree. Second, it will give me a unique opportunity to contribute to the development and growth of my society. Be that as it may, I fear that if I do not proceed further with my claims against the United States, there would be a risk to my life and my freedom. These fears are based on the following:

I. Asylum Claim Between 2013-2023

The United States is privy to the claims I made against it dating back to 2013. Receiving States, such as Ireland, sometimes share information with authorities in the applicant’s country of origin, disclosing that the applicant has filed an asylum claim. While States may share limited information with the authorities in the applicant’s country of origin after they have exhausted all available legal remedies, evidence suggests that Ireland, or one of its colluders, has informed the United States of my asylum application well before my case was heard by the International Protection Office.

Evidence suggests, assurances were negotiated during the examination of my asylum claim, which violates the principle of confidentiality and my right, as an asylum seeker, to access and enjoy fair asylum procedures. Moreover, authorities in Ireland have prevented me from (1) challenging the decisions of the International Protection Office and the International Protection Appeals Tribunal rendered, and (2) barred me from creating structures that would support an application for Leave to Remain, which infringes upon my right to an effective remedy.

As a result, I am concerned that Ireland’s disclosure to the United States has aggravated my position in relation to the U.S. Government, who I assert, is responsible for my persecution. Thus, I am concerned about being exposed to a flagrant denial of justice, and potential risks to my life and freedom that I could face as a result of my political activism, and the claims I made against the United States for police sexual violence and brutality; racial persecution, and gender-related discrimination.

While I am deeply committed to advocating for the values of democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression in the United States and abroad, I do not feel that I cannot continue my activism in the United States without retaliation by government officials and other powerful interests in our nation.

The United States’ alleged interference with my asylum claim abroad has led me to believe these dangers will only escalate if I return home. This interference has infringed on my right to self-determination, which guarantees me the liberty to pursue freely, my economic, social and cultural development without outside interference. This right under international law also implies that I should have the liberty to determine freely, my political status and my place in the international community, based upon the liberation of peoples from colonialism and,by the prohibition against subjugation, domination and exploitation.

It cannot be denied that living abroad has provided me with a sense of security and freedom that I simply cannot find in the United States. Although I disagree with the United States’ position that its citizens should not file asylum claims abroad, I am prepared to (1) forego any future asylum claim against the United States now, and in the future, if the United States discontinue reprisals and/or forego any and all reprisals, legal or otherwise on the soils of the Republic of Ireland and the United States of America, pertaining to my Article 14 right to seek and to enjoy asylum in other countries from persecution—and the claims I made against the United States from February 2013—to the date I sit before the Office of the Ambassador to withdraw my asylum application Ireland.

II. Scope of 2021-2023 Research

As a dedicated researcher, I have always strived to conduct myself with the utmost professionalism and integrity.

However, as with any human endeavor, there are going to be instances where some allege the researcher, advertently or inadvertently, crossed the line or made a mistake. In my personal opinion, I believe that it is important for researchers to have the freedom to pursue their work without fear of legal repercussion for alleged mistakes or alleged misunderstandings that allegedly occur in the field. Without such protections, the pursuit of knowledge and scientific discovery could be severely hindered. I further believe that any action taken during my research periods, as a human rights defender, were done in good faith to expose the unlawful persecution of transgender and American asylum seekers in Ireland—with the ultimate goal of advancing knowledge on the ill-treatment of safe country nationals during the international protection process.

Indeed, human rights defenders investigate, gather information and report on human rights violations which focus on one specific instance of human rights abuses. Under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, I have the right to freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms. I also have the right to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters.

For the last three years, my rights as a human rights defender have been severely curtailed. The United States nor the Republic of Ireland have taken all necessary measures to ensure I am protected from: threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure and other arbitrary actions as a consequence of my legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the Declaration.

Irrespective of these challenges, I remain committed to pursuing my education and research, and contributing to society in a positive way. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded to learn and study, and I believe that my contributions to society, if provided a fair opportunity unmolested, can be even greater if I am allowed to remain abroad. The United States may disagree with my assertions. Even if it does, I think we could resolve this entire matter amicably.

As a United States citizen, I am prepared to (1) forego any future asylum claim against the United States now, and in the future. However, there are publicly accessible decisions and judgments relating to my asylum claim, and wrongful arrest images relating to the 2013 incident that could interfere with my right to life, right to liberty, right to work, right to self-determination and my freedom from degrading treatment or punishment.

In light of this fact, I ask that the United States remove publicly accessible decisions and judgments relating to my asylum claim, and wrongful arrest images relating to the 2013 incident that could interfere with my right to life, right to liberty, right to work, right to self-determination and my freedom from degrading treatment or punishment. In order to effectively eliminate all reasonably possible manifestations of persecution in my case, I must be able to gauge reliability of assurances obtained in response to claims I made relating to torture and ill-treatment. At this point, I have no assurance that all possible manifestations of persecution in my own case have been eliminated.

III. Housing Assistance Abroad

Lastly, I am strongly considering entering an LLM program abroad and would appreciate the United States’ support. There are several reasons why I believe your office can play a crucial role in helping me enter this program and to find suitable housing, should I be accepted in an LLM program. As you may be aware, if move to any country, I will be hobbled by the United States government’s perception of me. Moreover, homelessness due to circumstances beyond my control will also impact me significantly. While the United States may disagree that it has directly contributed to my situation, I must disagree. In my opinion, the United States has participated in and acquiesced to certain structures and systems that have contributed to widespread housing insecurity and racial inequality. As a citizen of the United States, I am seeking to resolve this matter amicably, and the only way I can do this is with the full support of the United States in (1) securing housing, and (2)the United States’ employees, agents, officials, informants, progenitors and allies do interfere with my educational pursuits abroad.

As for housing, the Office of the Ambassador has a wealth of knowledge and resources when it comes to navigating foreign housing markets. With your help, I can avoid any potential pitfalls that may arise when searching for housing in an unfamiliar country. As a representative of the United States, I also believe it is important to have access to safe and secure housing. This will not only ensure my personal safety, but also ensure that I am able to carry out my duties effectively while abroad. Finally, I believe your office’s assistance in finding suitable housing will ultimately benefit the United States as a whole. By ensuring that I have a comfortable and safe place to stay, I will be better equipped represent the real values of democracy in a positive light, which I have been unable to do before.

For these reasons, I respectfully request a meeting with the Office of the Ambassador and its assistance with suitable housing during my travels abroad. I believe this is a matter of importance that warrants your attention.

Assistance from the Office of the Ambassador in securing accommodation and other basic needs abroad would, undoubtedly,be the embodiment of the American Dream.


Quianna Canada


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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Open Letter to Honorable Claire D. Cronin on Transnational Repression in Ireland


1 UNSC Res. 1624 (14 September 2005), Preamble para. 7, adopted during the 2005 World Summit most recently affirmed in UNSC Res 2368 (20 July 2017).

2 United Nations. “About Human Rights Defenders: Special Rapporteur of human rights defenders.” OHCHR, para. 4.

3 United Nations. Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. A/RES/53/144. See Article 6 (b)(c), p. 4.

4 Id

5 Convention against Discrimination in Education, Article 4 (make secondary education in its different forms generally available and accessible to all). Available at:

6 UNHCR. (2005). Advisory opinion on the rules of confidentiality regarding asylum information. Available at: See also, Art. 30 of the Recast Procedures Directives.My understanding is that it is against the 1951 Convention for a State to share personal data or any other information relating to asylum seekers with the authorities of the country of origin before a final rejection has been made on theasylum claim

Quianna Canada's TikTok: A Public Watchdog Account

Quianna Canada’s TikTok: A Public Watchdog Account


In her powerful TikTok videos, Quianna Canada fearlessly delves into the tragic deaths of asylum seekers within Ireland’s direct provision system. With unwavering candor, she exposes Ireland’s grave breaches of human rights obligations as outlined by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and various other international treaties.

Through her thought-provoking content, Quianna will shed light on the profound injustices faced by these vulnerable individuals seeking safety and protection in Ireland. Her passion for truth and accountability is evident as she emphasizes the urgent need for a thorough investigation into the deaths of asylum seekers within direct provision.

By bringing attention to this critical issue, Quianna compels viewers to address the systemic failures and disregard for human rights that perpetuate such devastating consequences. She calls for a comprehensive examination of Ireland’s treatment of asylum seekers, emphasizing the importance of holding the country accountable to its obligations under international law.

Quianna’s TikTok platform will serve as a catalyst for change, seeking to encourage individuals to reflect on their own role in advocating for justice and fairness. Her determined and unyielding voice hopes to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced, demanding answers, transparency, and compassion.

Through her commitment to shedding light on this pressing matter, Quianna fosters important discussions and prompts viewers to take meaningful action. In her concise and compelling videos, she urges us all to confront the uncomfortable truth about the deaths of asylum seekers under direct provision and offers a rallying cry for justice in pursuit of a more equitable society.

How the In-group Uses Human Rights Defenders as Scapegoats

How the In-group Uses Human Rights Defenders as Scapegoats

How the In-group Uses Human Rights Defenders as Scapegoats

In recent years, there has been a concerning trend of using human rights defenders as scapegoats by certain groups in power. This tactic is harmful and detrimental to our society as it diverts attention from the real problems that need addressing. It is crucial to understand how this tactic is employed and who is most susceptible to its effects.

This manipulative strategy becomes particularly insidious in communities with limited access to education, such as refugee and asylum seeker populations. By actively playing both sides of the fence in my research, I have seen how groups in power pit people against each other. For example, these groups deflect attention away from pressing issues like housing crises, the need for comprehensive gun-control policies, or the lack of accountability within law enforcement. They also use human rights defenders as a convenient target to evade responsibility for their own actions and shortcomings. Such tactics not only distract from the real underlying problems but also demonize vulnerable individuals who are often already marginalized and discriminated against.

Another tactic employed by the in-group is the use of their positional power to depict human rights defenders as threatening and untrustworthy. This not only harms the defenders themselves but also exposes them to increased violence, harassment, and discrimination, all under the guise of protecting the interests of the group.

So, what can be done to counteract this harmful tactic? The first step is recognizing when it is happening. It is essential to be vigilant and critically evaluate the messages and narratives presented by the in-group, even if they offer attractive incentives for participating in harming human rights defenders in your environment. It is crucial to question who truly bears responsibility for the problems being presented. Often, it is within the in-group itself, as the out-group often lacks the power and influence needed to effect meaningful societal change.

We should resist the temptation to turn on one another. Instead, we all must question both sides and consider the goals of each party involved. This allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the situation and reveals any missing puzzle pieces.

In conclusion, the practice of using human rights defenders as scapegoats by the in-group is damaging and undermines the fabric of our society. To combat this destructive tactic, it is essential for us to be critical, vigilant, and engage in open dialogue. By doing so, we can work towards building a more just and equitable society for everyone, where the true concerns at hand are addressed rather than obscured by divisive scapegoating.

7 Compelling Reasons Why Communities Should Rally Behind Independent Researchers

7 Compelling Reasons Why Communities Should Rally Behind Independent Researchers

7 Compelling Reasons Why Communities Should Rally Behind Independent Researchers

Independent researchers and human rights defenders who operate public watchdog blogs play a crucial role in holding power to account and promoting transparency in society. While independent researchers are not perfect, these dedicated individuals go above and beyond to expose corruption, challenge oppressive systems, and inform the public. It is essential for communities to recognize the value of their work and actively support them. Here are seven compelling reasons why communities should rally behind independent researchers who operate public watchdog blogs:

(1) Getting to the source of the problem: Independent researchers operating public watchdog blogs are driven by a commitment to getting to the source of the problem that impacts marginalized communities. Our diligent investigations and thorough analysis help to expose wrongdoing, ensuring that the public has access to accurate and unbiased information. It’s important to realize that a published finding just may be the tip of a governmental corruption iceberg.

(2) Promoting accountability: By shining a spotlight on coercive power, independent researchers who operate public watchdog blogs play a vital role in promoting accountability. Our work serves as a check on those in positions of authority, encouraging them to act in the best interests of the community.

(3) Protecting the public interest: Independent researchers operating public watchdog blogs act as guardians of the public interest. Our relentless pursuit of truth and our dedication to exposing malfeasance serve to protect the rights and well-being of the community as a whole, fostering a society where transparency and accountability are valued.

(4) Amplifying marginalized voices: These researchers often prioritize amplifying the voices of marginalized communities that are disproportionately affected by systemic injustices. By highlighting their experiences and advocating for their rights, independent researchers who operate public watchdog blogs help to combat marginalization and give a platform to those who are often ignored or silenced.

(5) Fostering informed decision-making: Through our research, analysis, and dissemination of information, independent researchers operating public watchdog blogs enable communities to make informed decisions. By providing comprehensive and unbiased insights, they empower individuals to engage critically with social, political, and economic issues that directly impact their lives.

(6) Encouraging civic engagement: Independent researchers who operate public watchdog blogs inspire civic engagement by encouraging individuals to question the status quo and actively participate in democratic processes. Our work stimulates public dialogue, mobilizes community action, and promotes a culture of active citizenship.

(7) Strengthening democracy: By fostering open communication, independent researchers who operate public watchdog blogs contribute to the strength and vibrancy of democratic systems. Their work promotes transparency, encourages dialogue, and holds elected officials accountable. Supporting these researchers and engaging in constructive dialogue with their findings can lead to a more informed and participatory democracy, where citizens are empowered to actively shape their society and hold their representatives to the highest standards of integrity and accountability.

To build a just and equitable society, communities must rally behind independent researchers who operate public watchdog blogs. By supporting their work through sharing their findings, providing financial resources, and actively engaging with their platforms, communities can help foster a more transparent, accountable, and inclusive society. Supporting these dedicated individuals is essential for a thriving democracy and a more equitable future for all.

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