Former Police chief claims Spanish intelligence knew of impending Barcelona terror attack

A former senior Spanish police officer has claimed that Spanish intelligence services knew about the plans of the terror cell responsible for the 2017 Barcelona attacks but failed to act in a bid to destabilise Catalonia before a crucial independence vote. The government of Catalonia is demanding an investigation after a controversial former police officer claimed that the CNI, Spanish intelligence services, knew about the activities of a terrorist cell ahead of a deadly attack it carried out. which left sixteen people dead and more than a hundred injured. Fourteen people died on August 17th...

Five former paramilitaries face trial for rape after 40 years

Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are currently on trial for the rape of 36 Indigenous Mayan women during the 1980s. Indigenous people were often targeted and harassed by the military government for allegedly backing the left-wing guerrillas during the conflict that took place between 1960 and 1996. In 2018, the five former paramilitaries were arrested along with three others. However, the case was dismissed and the magistrate released them. One died before being released. After authorities re-captured the remaining ex-paramilitaries, two were acquitted. According to prosecutors, victims...

US questions Russia’s military presence in Kazakhstan

Responding to Russia’s military reinforcement of Kazakhstan security forces to quell nationwide unrest, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has raised concerns over the alliance. The unrest, which began as peaceful demonstrations on Sunday over the increasing price of liquid petroleum gas, rapidly expanded into an expression of discontent against inequality and cronyism in Kazakhstan. Despite starting in the west of the country, protests engulfed major cities such as Almaty, with some demonstrators taking up arms; however, the reason why they resorted to arms remains unclear. Kazakhstan’s...

Uighurs in Turkey charge Chinese officials with genocide

In a landmark case, 19 Uighur Muslims have filed a criminal complaint with a Turkish prosecutor against 112 Chinese officials accusing them of crimes of genocide, torture, rape, and crimes against humanity. “Turkish legislation recognises universal jurisdiction. Torture, genocid, rape [and] crimes against humanity can be prosecuted in Turkish courts and criminals can be tried” warned lawyer Gulden Sonmen. The charge relates to 116 people who reportedly remain in detention in China and was filed against 112 individuals, including members of the Chinese Communist Party, directors and officers...

Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia forcibly disappeared in Ethiopia

President Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia who is leading the war against TPLF. Thousands of Tigrayan migrant workers in Saudi Arabia who were deported to Ethiopia by Riyadh have been locked up in detention camps and forcibly disappeared, a latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has revealed . Many Tigrayans who fled their region did so because of impoverishment caused by drought and war and recurrent human rights abuses at the hands of the Ethiopian state. They crossed the Red Sea and reached Saudi Arabia via Yemen by land in search of better economic opportunities. Saudi Arabia notoriously mistreats...

Sudan’s Prime Minister resigns as army continues violent repression of pro-democracy demonstrators

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has resigned following continued mass pro-democracy protests at the capital Khartoum. His resignation grants Sudan’s military full control over the country as they continue their violent crackdown on democratic protesters. Over 50 people have been killed since the military staged a coup in October which initially placed Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest; the country was just one month away from transitioning to a civilian head of state. On Sunday two people were killed during pro-democracy protests. The leader of the coup general Abdel Fattah al-...

Former Columbian military official arrested in connection to assassination of Haitian President

Former Columbian military official, Mario Antonio Palacios, has been arrested by Panama authorities under allegations of forming part of a mercenary group that assassinated Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise. Palacios was detained during a stopover flight in Panama and asked to “voluntarily” board a flight to the US, the Hindu reports. After refusing the request, Panamanian officials told him that they would enforce an Interpol red notice issued by the US, which is addition to one Haiti had already issued. There has been no immediate comments by lawyers for Palacios or Interpol. President Moise...

‘A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought’ - UNSC joint statement on nuclear weapons

Photo Credit: UN Women In a rare joint statement, the five permanent members of the UN Security council (the US, Russia, China, the UK, and France) pledged to address to “create a security environment more conducive to progress on disarmament” and avoid nuclear conflict. “As the use of nuclear arms would have far-reaching consequences, we also confirm that nuclear arms – as long as they exist – should serve defensive aims, deterrence against aggression and prevention of war” the statement maintained. The five states are also the five nuclear weapons states recognised by the 1968 Nuclear Non-...

Two Save the Children staffers among 35 killed in Myanmar massacre

Save the Children has confirmed that two of its staffers have been killed in a Christmas Eve massacre conducted by Myanmar’s military and killed at least 35 people, including women and children. The massacre occurred on a highway in Kayah state, in eastern Myanmar, where prodemocracy rebels have been confronting the military. “The military forced people from their cars, arrested some, killed many and burnt the bodies,” Save the Children stated. Responding to the attack they told reporters: “We are shaken by the violence carried out against civilians and our staff, who are dedicated...

'A travesty of justice' - Egypt imprisons 3 human rights advocates

Egypt's State Security Emergency Misdemeanor court has issued jail sentences to three prominent human rights activists who engaged in anti-government protests in 2019. The activists detained were Alaa Abd El Fattah, rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer, and the blogger Mohamed Ibrahim (also known as Mohamed Oxygen). El Fattah was sentenced to five years whilst the others were sentenced to four years each. The activists have been charged with spreading false news and were among the thousands detained by authorities in protests sparked by allegations of corruption by a former collaborator with the...

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