Protests in Kashmir after Indian forces kill Lashkar-e-Taiba leader

Indian forces on Monday killed the top commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kashmir, Abu Dujana, prompting widespread protests in Kashmir against the killing. Mr Dujana was blown up by Indian soldiers after a prolonged gunfight, Indian papers reported. Families and locals poured onto the streets in Srinagar to mourn his death and to express their anger at the killing. Protesters were soon surrounded by security forces and clashes broke out with protesters throwing stones at the forces, who responded with tear gas and pellet guns. One protester has died after being shot in the clashes, Al Jazeera...

HRW urges sanctions against South Sudan leaders

The New York based rights organisation, Human Rights Watch on Tuesday published a report highlighting the South Sudanese leaders' failure to halt gross human rights abuses, and called on the international community to impost sanctions. “Four years into this crisis, gruesome crimes continue, with millions displaced and hundreds of thousands facing a man-made famine,” the executive director of HRW, Kenneth Roth said. “It’s well past time to send a strong message to those in positions of power that atrocities will come at a price.” In a statement released to launch the 52 page report, ‘ Soldiers...

Catalan leaders defiant despite Spain's attempts to halt referendum

The Catalan government on Monday faced a set back to its attempt to fast track certain bills needed to hold the planned independence referendum on October 1, as Spain's Constitutional court accepted the government's challenge. On Friday the central government filed an appeal against the Catalan government's approving of the fast track scheme. "By presenting this appeal the government is fulfilling its duty to make sure the law is upheld," the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a news conference. "Catalan society needs to be protected from a radical and divisive project which is being imposed...

Venezuelan president welcomes election victory despite international criticism

The Venezuelan leader and his supporters celebrated the country's referendum result on Sunday which voted in a constituent assembly that would have the power to re-write the constitution. The move has been fiercely opposed by opposition parties and supporters who say it consolidates the president's dictatorship. Protesters barricaded the streets on Monday, in a demonstration against Sunday's vote. Criticising the vote as a "sham", Washington imposed financial sanctions on President Maduro. Mr Maduro is the fourth leader to have such sanctions imposed by the US. "Yesterday's illegitimate...

US House of Reps votes for new Russia sanctions package

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Russia over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, reports the Financial Times. The new sanctions package has faced intense scrutiny from Europeans countries with Germany raising concern about the impact new oil pipelines from Russia by limiting companies access to US banks. The European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, warned that “unintended unilateral effects” may impact the “EU’s energy security interests,” and stressed “the EU is full committed to the Russia sanctions...

US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan officials

The US government on Wednesday introduced sanctions on 13 senior officials in Venezuela, as the country's opposition protested against President Maduro's government. The vice president for the state oil company, army chiefs, police chiefs and the national director of elections were all targetted in the new wave of sanctions. The sanctions came ahead of a vote on Sunday for a Constituent Assembly that has been opposed by opposition parties who say it will consolidate the president's dictatorship. See here and here .

US warns Iran of serious consequences unless detained Americans are released

The US has warned Iran of “new and serious consequences” if all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned, said the White House in a statement made on Friday. The statement made on Friday said President Trump and is administration were “redoubling efforts” to bring back unjustly detained Americans abroad, reports Reuters. “Iran is responsible for the care and wellbeing of every United States citizen in its custody,” the White House added.

Poland's parliament approves law bringing Supreme Court under government

In a significant set back to judicial independence in the country, Poland's parliament on Friday approved a new law which brings the Supreme Court under the control of the ruling party. The move has been widely criticism by EU states and the US who have raised concerns over what is being described as Poland's shift away from liberal values. Protesters have also taken to the streets to voice their concern at the curtailment of judicial independence. The president of the European Council said, “it is my conviction that they are a negation of European values and standards, and that they put our...

Words ‘Kurdistan’ and ‘Armenian genocide’ banned from Turkish parliament

Turkey’s parliament has forbidden its lawmakers from using the certain phrases such as “Kurdistan” or “Armenian genocide” during legislative sessions following the passing of a bill package on Thursday night. Though the bill does not explicitly set out which words and phrases are banned from the Turkish parliament, terms that are “in violation of the administrative structure” as defined by the “indivisible wholeness” of the Republic of Turkey will now be banned. In effect, terms such as 'Kurdistan,' 'Kurdish provinces,' or the 'Kurdish region' are forbidden, reports Kurdistan 24. Turkish...

Cameroon using 'secret torture chambers' against Boko Haram fighters - Amnesty

Amnesty International condemned what it described as the Cameroon forces' "horrific use of torture" against Boko Haram fighters, saying investigations reveal wide spread war crimes, human rights violations and the use of secret torture chambers. In a report published on Thursday, the rights group said testimonies, satellite imagery, photographic and video evidence revealed at least 20 sites belonging to the security services where torture was used routinely and some detainees were even tortured to death. "We have repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the atrocities and war crimes committed...

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