Palestinian human rights groups submit Israeli war crimes dossier to ICC

Four Palestinian human rights organisations have submitted a dossier to the International Criminal Court which details alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. "This communication, which is based on factual information collected by the four organisations, covers the following crimes against humanity in accordance with the Rome Statute: murder, deportation or transfer of population, persecution, apartheid," one of the group's representatives told Al Jazeera. In a statement released on Wednesday the...

UN Security Council authorises investigative team to collect evidence of IS crimes in Iraq

The UN Security Council on Thursday authorised the establishment of an investigative team to collect, store and maintain evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by Islamic State in Iraq. A resolution, which was drafted by the UK and asks the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to create such a team, was adopted by all 15 states of the Council. The team will be led by a Special Adviser, who will be appointed by Mr Guterres and will have an initial mandate of two years. The use of any evidence for trials or other investigations would “be determined in agreement...

UK suspends financial aid to Myanmar’s military

The British government has suspended financial aid to Myanmar’s military in response to the ongoing violence against the Rohingya community, reports BBC News. The Ministry of Defence said it had suspended £300,000 of funding on Tuesday. “In light of the ongoing violence… and our deep concern about the human rights abuses that are taking place, we have decided to suspend the educational courses provided to the Burmese military until there is an acceptable resolution to the current situation.” On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson condemned the ‘barbaric’ violence against the...

Spain arrests Catalan government officials ahead of independence referendum

Spain’s police raided Catalan government offices and arrested 12 senior Catalan officials in attempts to stop an independence referendum that is due to take place on October 1, reports the Guardian. Speaking after an emergency ministerial meeting in response to the arrests, Catalan’s president said, “We reaffirm our peaceful response. The Spanish government has crossed a red line and become a democratic disgrace. Searching public bodies and arresting officials for political reasons is a democratic scandal. We defend Catalan institutions.” A spokesperson for Catalan’s regional government...

Myanmar leader denies becoming soft on military

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday rejected criticism that she had become soft on the military, stating she had never been critical of the military, only their actions. Asked by Radio Free Asia if she had softened her view on the military, she replied, "we’ve never changed our stand." “Our goal has been national reconciliation from the very beginning. We have never criticised the military itself, but only their actions. We may disagree on these types of actions.” “We’ll continue to bring changes within the parliament. I’ve stood firm with the military before, and still do now."

Kurdistan removes obstacles for diaspora votes in independence referendum

Kurdistan’s Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) removed a major obstacle to diaspora voters on Monday, reports Kurdstan24.net. Though the diaspora is available to vote online, the need to produce certain documentation, a ration card, has been of concern for those in the diaspora. In a press conference on Monday the spokesperson of the IHERC said that the ration card has been removed from the required list of documents for those looking to register online and currently living outside of the region. A total of over 5 million people are currently eligible to vote in the...

India reiterates support for Palestine at UN General Assembly

India’s External Affairs Minister reaffirmed India’s support for the Palestinian people at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Speaking at the Non=Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting on Palestine, Sushma Swaraj said, “It is a personal honour for me to be here today, India’s support for the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause is historical, going back to a period before our own independence. For independent India, support for the Palestinian cause has been a reference point of its foreign policy. India’s commitment to the Palestinian cause and its solidarity with...

British Defence Secretary meets with Kurdistan President

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon met again with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan in a final attempt to persuade him to call of the independence referendum. In an unexpected second visit to Iraq, the Defence Secretary reiterated Britain’s rejection of the referendum, reports the Telegraph. Arriving in the capital of Kurdistan, Erbil, he said, “We are committed to the integrity of Iraq. We are working with the UN on alternatives to this referendum.” Last week a delegation from the UK, US and UN presented president Masoud Barzani with an alternative to the independence referendum,...

Myanmar leader silent on army abuses whilst pledging action

Myanmar's defacto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi remained silent on the allegations of human rights violations and mass atrocities committed by the military today in her public address, whilst making a blanket statement condemning "all" human rights violations. “We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” she said, reported Reuters . “Action will be taken against all people, regardless of their religion, race and political position, who go against the law of the land and violate human...

Supreme court calls for suspension of Kurdish referendum, Iraqi PM deems it 'unconstitutional'

Iraq's Supreme Court has ordered the planned Kurdish independence referendum to be suspended as Iraqi prime minister on Monday formally demanded a halt, stating seccession would be "unconstitutional". "The supreme court has issued the order to suspend organising the referendum set for September 25 ... until it examines the complaints it has received over this plebiscite being unconstitutional," the Court said in a statement, Al Jazeera reported. Warning the vote on September 25 would lead to "dangerous outcomes", Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi on Monday said “the breakaway of any...

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