US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military over Rohingya ethnic cleansing

The United States imposed sanctions on Myanmar's military and police on Friday over the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. “Burmese security forces have engaged in violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings, and other serious human rights abuses,” the US Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker was quoted by Reuters as saying.

US slams Serb Republic attempts to ‘deny history’ on Srebrenica genocide

The United States has criticised attempts by the Republika Srpska Government to annul a report that acknowledged that Bosnian Serb troops were responsible for the massacre of thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995. “International courts have concluded that genocide occurred in Srebrenica in 1995,” said a US State department statement. “The August 14 session of the Republika Srpska National Assembly is a step in the wrong direction. Attempts to reject or amend the report on Srebrenica are part of wider efforts to revise the facts of the past war, to deny history, and to politicize tragedy.”

Palestinian refugee schools to open on time despite US cuts - UN

Over 700 schools run by the United Nations for Palestinian refugee children are set to open on schedule despite US funding cuts, the UN said on Thursday. Over half a million children attend the schools, which are situated in sites across the Palestinian territories, as well as Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Earlier this year the Trump administation announced it would be stopping hundreds of millions of dollars of funding to the UN. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) however warned that it was by no means "out of the woods". "I wish to be clear that UNRWA is by no...

Taliban offensive kills dozen of Afghan soldiers

A large Taliban offensive has killed at least 40 Afghan soldiers and police in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, reports Al Jazeera, as intense fighting continues between the two sides. The attack on the military outpost, launched in the early hours of Wednesday, is the latest in a series of assaults launched by the Taliban across the country. It comes after the Taliban overran a military base in the northern Faryab province on Monday, killing at least 17 soldiers. See more from Al Jazeera here . Meanwhile the BBC reports that the Afghan Taliban has also announced that they will no longer...

Funeral for Yemeni children held after Saudi airstrike

Saudi Arabia announced it will hold an investigation into the “collateral damage” after an airstrike killed at least 40 Yemeni children in Saada province last week. The airstrike, which Saudi Arabia initially said was a “legitimate military operation carried out in accordance with humanitarian law”, struck a bus carrying schoolchildren from a summer camp. At least 51 people were killed in the strike and a further 79 injured. A mass funeral took place for the children this week, with thousands gathering to demonstrate against the attack. Fares al-Razhi, mourning the killing of his his 14-year-...

Balochistan Liberation Army claims responsibility for bus bomb injuring Chinese workers

Six people, inlcuding three Chinese workers were injured on Saturday when a Baloch fighter detonated an explosive device on a bus in Balochistan, killing himself. The bus was transporting engineers working on a mining project in the Dalbandin region. The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for the attack, posting a video on social media that it said was of its fighter taken before the attack. During the video, the fighter, Rehan Baloch, who is said to be the eldest son of the BLA senior commander, Aslam Baloch, demanded that China leave the region and stop taking its...

Vanuatu to submit UNGA resolution calling for West Papuan self-determination

The Republic of Vanuatu is seeking support from other Pacific islands towards a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the right to self-determination for West Papua, to be presented at the 74th session in September 2019. The draft text was presented last week at the Pacific foreign ministers' meeting in Apia, by Vanuatu's foreign minister, Ralph Regenvanu. According to the Daily Post, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji expressed reservations about the draft resolution text. Last week Vanuatu also appointed a special envoy for West Papua, Lauri Lini, whose father is known as the...

Bosnian Serb leader rejects govt report acknowledging Srebrenica genocide

The Bosnian Serb leader, Milorad Dodik yesterday rejected a government report which acknowledged the Srebrenica genocide as "biased" and called for it to be withdrawn, AP reports. "The report is biased and does not mention Serb victims," Mr Dodik told parliament. His supporters voted to reject the report, arguing it was "not objective and is untrue". The report was written in 2004 by the previous Bosnian Serb government. Mr Dodik has consistently rejected UN reports describing the massacre of over 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica as a genocide. The rights group, Mothers of...

EU observers of Mali’s runoff election say irregularities but no fraud

EU observers maintain that whilst there were irregularities there was not fraud, commenting on the recent runoff election in Mali between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Somalia Cisse. Mr Cisse has rejected this arguing that the results were “neither sincere nor credible” and launched a legal challenge in Mali's constitutional court alleging "ballot box-stuffing”. The election is the first time an incumbent president in Mali has had to face a runoff election. Mr Keita won 41 percent of the vote in the initial election in July, whilst Mr Cisse gained only 18 percent...

Bangladeshi court sentences 5 to death for war crimes

A special tribunal in Bangladesh today sentenced five men to death for crimes against humanity and war crimes, including the rape, murder and torture of civilians during the country's war of independence in 1971. The International Crimes Tribunal, led by Justice Shahinur Islam said the convicted men were part of the Muslim League and Al-Badr, who were working with the then occupying Pakistan army. All convicts sentences to death have one month to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court. Bangladesh's war crimes trials have been criticised by international human rights organisations however...

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