Venezuela’s Opposition Leader warns government plans to dissolve opposition-run legislature

Venezuela’s pro-government Constituent Assembly held an unscheduled session on Monday which opposition leader, Juan Guaido, has claimed was assembled to plan for the dissolution of the opposition-run legislature and call new legislative elections. Reuters warns that such a move would exacerbate the crisis in Venezuela and may halt Norway-brokered talks between the government and Guaido allies. The Constituent Assembly was established in 2017 and was widely panned as a move by Maduro to replace the National Assembly, the country's parliament. The National Assembly at that point had been...

Separatist rebels seize ports of Aden

The conflict in Yemen has escalated, with an estimated 40 people killed and hundreds wounded, as southern separatists, trained by the UAE, seized key ports in the city of Aden, triggering “devastating” humanitarian consequences. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that large parts of the city were also left without electricity and water during the fighting after services were targeted. They warn that escalated conflict would have a devastating impact. The human right think-tank, Crisis Group, has reported that this development will complicate the world’s worst...

Man opens fire in Norway Mosque

A man was arrested in the Al-Noor Islamic Centre, on the outskirts of Norway’s capital Oslo, after he opened fire and injured one person on Saturday. Investigating the individual, police found a dead woman at man’s house. The police have claimed that this person is related to the suspect. Rune Skjold, assistant chief of police, reported that the suspect "is around 20 years old, a Norwegian citizen from the area”. The mosque director reported that the injured individual was a 75-year-old member of the congregation. This attack follows the mass murder of 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch...

Four Palestinians killed in Gaza boundary area

Israel’s army has stated that its forces killed four heavily armed Palestinian men near the boundary area between Gaza and Israel on Saturday morning. The army claims that they began open fire when one of the four men crossed into Israel. They further state that the men were carrying assault rifles, anti-tank missiles, and hand grenades. According to their statement, one of the armed men had hurled a grenade at an Israeli soldier. There have been no casualties reported on Israel’s side. Thus far, no Palestinian group has claimed responsibility. Hamas has denied responsibility, stating that...

India security forces crackdown on Kashmir protesters

In Indian-administrated Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, Indian security forces have cracked down on protesters, firing live ammunition and tear gas to dispel the mass crowds. This follows the recent decision by the Indian government to revoke Article 370 of India's constitution, stripping backing regional decision-making powers and eliminating its right to its own constitution. In addition to repealing Article 370, India has downgraded Kashmir from statehood to two federally administrated territories - Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh which will be controlled by New Delhi. The protest is reported to...

Intercommunal violence kills 37 in Chad

Idriss Deby, Chad’s President, has announced that at least 37 people have been killed in inter-communal violence in the eastern province of Ouaddai. The violence this week marks the latest outburst between the nomadic camel herders, many of whom are from the Zaghawa ethnic group, and sedentary farmers, from the Ouaddian community. According to an eyewitness, fighting erupted in the Wadi Hamra district on Monday, after the discovery of a dead rancher. The witness reported this to the AFP news agency and wished to remain anonymous for his/her safety. The witness further stated that three more...

US revokes visa-free entry for those who visited North Korea

The US has revoked visa-free entry rights for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years, raising concerns over North Korea’s tourism industry. Under the US’s current policy citizens of 38 countries - including South Korea, Japan and France may enter for up to 90 days with a visa under a waiver program. The reform to this policy would mean that those who have traveled to eight countries including North Korea since March 1, 2011, are “no longer eligible” for entry and must apply for either a tourist or business visa. The reforms will likely impact tens of thousands of...

Iraq MPs describe prison overcrowding as a “humanitarian catastrophe”

Following the release of Human Right Watch’s report on the horrific conditions in jails in Iraq, several member’s of Iraq’s parliament alongside the province’s deputy governor visited prisoners near Mosul and described the situation as a “humanitarian catastrophe”. In their initial report, Human Rights Watch documented extreme overcrowding, inhumane conditions, and ill-treatment at the Nineveh pretrial detention centers. These three centers had a combined capacity of 2,500 people but in late June 2019 held an estimated 4,500 people including children. Human Rights Watch reported that: "The...

Turmoil in Kashmir after India revokes special status

File photograph: Kashmir After days of mounting tensions and heightened Indian security presence in Kashmir, the Indian government announced that it would be revoking the region’s special status and splitting the territory in two - a major move that has sparked fears of unrest. India enforced a media blackout in the region from Sunday onwards, with political leaders reportedly kept under house arrest and schools and colleges closed. An extra 25,000 Indian troops were deployed to the region over the weekend before New Delhi announced the move on Monday. Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief...

HRW- Thailand’s Human Rights Commission needs “total revamp”

Following the resignation of two human rights commissioners, Angkhana Neelapaijit and Tuenjai Deetes, from the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT), Human Rights Watch has called for a “total revamp of the flawed and scandal-ridden agency”. In their reporting, Human Rights Watch, notes that Thailand’s commission for human rights had once been a model throughout Southeast Asia, however, in 2015 the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and United Nations Human Rights Council downgraded the commission’s international ranking. This was due to government...

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