'Shocking' report reveals China's mass sterilisation of Uighur women in Xinjiang

Image: Jacky czj /Flickr China has forcibly used birth control and sterilisation in an attempt to restrict the Uighur population in Xinjiang, says a newly released report, which has sparked widespread condemnation of Beijing from around the globe. China has previously been accused of detaining over a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps without trial. The report by German researcher Adrian Zenz claims that detained women are involuntarily being given injections which have stopped their periods and/or caused unusual bleeding - common side effects of birth control...

‘She was covered with blood’ – Kurdish family recall Turkish air strike

Zharo Baxtiar and his family had taken a day trip to Kuna Masi, a village in the Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah, last Thursday, when their visit was abruptly cut short by a deafening Turkish missile strike into the water near the children. Almost 100 people were at the riverbank that day, said Baxtiar. Sulaymaniyah is located in the Kurdistan’s autonomous region in northern parts of Iraq. Footage recorded by his sister-in-law show children paddling in the water with their parents joyfully encouraging them, speaking in the Kurdish dialect Sorani. Seconds later, a Turkish missile strike lands...

Yemen 'hanging on by a thread' warns UN Secretary-General

Yemen is currently facing the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, with 80% of the population in desperate need of humanitarian aid, and those figures set to worsen according to a UNICEF report which appealed for urgent ]humanitarian assistance. The report, released last week , warned that the number of malnourished children in the country could reach 2.4 million - a 20 percent increase - by the end of the year. The report comes as the foreign ministers of Germany, Sweden and the UK wrote in the Financial Times that they have “a global responsibility to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people”.

UN Human Rights Chief reports “as many as 10,000” flee Myanmar due to military crackdown

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has report that as many as 10,000 people fled their homes in the northern state of Rakhine, in Myanmar, after a military crackdown against insurgents in recent weeks. Bachelet’s statement follows the announcement that three Myanmar military officers have been found guilty of atrocities by a court-martial investigation. Myanmar’s military stands accused by the UN’s top court of genocide against the Rohingya population for their military crackdown in 2017 which led to 750,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh. The military...

Australia SAS chief admits elite troops committed war crimes in Afghanistan

Senior commander of Australia’s Special Air Service, Adam Findlay, admitted to soldiers committing war crimes and unlawfully executive captured fighters and civilians; he blames “poor moral leadership” and spoke out against attempts to cover up the crimes. The first admission of war crimes from a serving officer Findlay’s statement is the first admission from a senior serving officer that acknowledges that the SAS engaged in illegal activities. The statement follows an inquiry headed by Major-General Paul Brereton, a New South Wales Court of Appeal judge and army officer who has been...

Spanish colonial statues face removal after protests against ‘celebrating genocide’

Protests in the United States have sparked debates around monuments of Spanish conquistadors, as they demanded the removal of statues glorifying the Spanish conquest of the Americas and what demonstrators have termed “a celebration of genocide”. As demonstrations against monuments of Confederate officials and slave traders take place across the US, in the South and West of the country, protests have also demanded the removal of monuments to conquistadors such as Diego De Vargas and Juan De Oñate.

Windrush Day anniversary still sees generations suffering from scandal

Children of migrant families in Britain may be caught up in what has been described as a “potential second Windrush-style scandal”, with controversy emerging this week as young students outlined their experiences when applying for university in the UK. A recent report demonstrated that children from migrant families in the UK are facing greater difficulties to further their education and obtain a degree. Upon making an application to study at university, many students find themselves unable to proceed as they are asked to present documents which they do not have access to. Reports have...

UN expert calls for EU to punish any Israeli annexation in West Bank

U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, has called for the European Union to punish any moves by Israel to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Lynk maintains that the EU must back up warnings against annexation with actionable countermeasures. This includes possible economic, trade or other sanctions. “We have reached a point where resolutions without resolve can no longer contribute to reaching the just and durable peace and human security that Palestinians and Israelis deserve”, he added. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has...

Freedom from Torture highlights failure of UK Home Office to protect torture survivors

Freedom from Torture has released a report highlighting the failure of the UK Home Office is dealing with asylum seekers and torture survivors, leaving often without adequate representation and unable to give the full details of their case during interviews. The report they compiled was based on 30 separate cases from torture survivors interviewed from 2017-2018, in addition to a further 25 torture survivors interviewed between 2017-2019. The report illustrates that many asylum seekers “are disbelieved and dismissed by the very system set up to help them”. Freedom for Torture reminds us that...

UK Labour Shadow Education Secretary sacked from shadow cabinet

UK Shadow Education Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from her post in the shadow cabinet after sharing an interview of actress, Maxine Peake, which claimed that American police learnt to knell on people’s neck from Israeli secret services. Labour leader, Keir Starmer, has defended the sacking of Long-Bailey by claiming that this claim was part of anti-semitic conspiracy theory. In a statement he said: “The sharing of that article was wrong… because the article contained anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and I have therefore stood Rebecca Long-Bailey down from the shadow cabinet...

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