Court finds 2007 Dutch airstrike on Afghan compound unlawful 

On Wednesday, the District Court of The Hague concluded that the 2007 airstrike mounted by the Dutch armed forces on an Afghan residential compound violated international humanitarian law. The attack in question took place on the 17th of June, 2007, when twenty-eight guided bombs were dropped by Dutch fighter jets over the central Afghan province of Uruzgan. Twenty civilians were killed during this night-time attack. Four unnamed survivors of the attack brought a civil suit to the Dutch courts seeking compensation. Almost two years ago, a war veteran submitted a report calling into question...

World major asset managers and state pensions allegedly engaged in Uighur repression

Many of the world’s largest asset managers and state pension funds are passively investing in companies that have allegedly engaged in the repression of Uighur Muslims in China , according to a new report. The report, by UK-based group Hong Kong Watch and the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University, found that three major stock indexes provided by MSCI include at least 13 companies that have allegedly used forced labour or been involved in the construction of the surveillance state in China’s Xinjiang region. The report includes a list of major asset...

Supreme court rules against Scottish independence referendum

The supreme court has ruled that the Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum without the UK government's consent. Nicola Sturgeon had planned to hold a referendum on 19 October 2023 but the supreme court ruled unanimously that she does not have the power to do so, stating that the issue is reserved to Westminister. Court president Lord Reed said the laws that created the devolved Scottish Parliament in 1999 meant it did not have power over areas of the constitution including the union between Scotland and England. These issues are the responsibility of the UK Parliament, he...

Man detained at Manston centre dies

A man who arrived in the UK on a small boat a week ago and was being processed at Manston has died, the Home Office said on Saturday. He became ill while at the Kent detention site and was taken to hospital, but later died. t is understood that he arrived on 12 November and was taken ill on Friday evening. “We can confirm a person staying at Manston has died this morning [Saturday] in hospital after becoming unwell,” a Home Office spokesperson said. The facility provides basic temporary accommodation to small boat arrivals while they undergo processing and can hold 1,000 people, with a...

Tigray receives a lifeline - first set of humanitarian aid received since peace agreement

The Tigray region has recieved humanitarian aid for the first time since the peace agreement, departing from two years of a devestating blockade. On Tuesday, The International Committee of the Red Cross delivered two medical trucks to the Capital. Speaking on behalf of the ICRC, Nicolas Von Arx announced in a statement, "It is an enormous relief for us to deliver this cargo," he continues, "The healthcare system in the region is under extreme pressure, and these deliveries are a lifeline for people who need medical help." On Wednesday, the World Food Program delivered 15 trucks of supplies to...

Myanmar junta face strong resistance

Following the coup and a brutal crackdown on unarmed protestors, the people of Myanmar have taken up arms against the military which now only has stable control over 17 per cent of the country. Thwarted in his bid to consolidate his coup, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing responded with even more violence. The military has restarted political executions, burned entire villages to the ground, bombed hospitals and schools, and even an outdoor concert – attacks human rights groups say may amount to crimes against humanity. The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a global crisis...

Zelenskyy accuses Russia of war crimes in Kherson

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russian soldiers of committing war crimes and killing civilians in Kherson, which was retaken by Ukraine last week. “Investigators have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes. Bodies of dead civilians and servicemen have been found,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address on Sunday, without specifying the locations where the bodies had been discovered. It was not immediately possible to verify Zelenskyy’s allegations. Russia denies its troops intentionally target civilians. Mass graves have been found in several places...

UK, EU impose sanctions on Iranian officials over human rights abuses

The European Union and the United Kingdom have imposed additional sanctions on Iranian officials in response to the widespread use of force against protestors. So far, 336 demonstrators have been killed in the unrest and nearly 15,100 detained, according to the activist HRANA news agency. “We stand with the Iranian people and support their right to protest peacefully and voice their demands and views freely,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement. Among those sanctioned by the EU with travel bans and asset freezes are four members of the squad that arrested Amini, high-...

Iran issues first death sentence over protests

A court in Tehran has issued the first death sentence to a person arrested for taking part in protests. A human rights group warned authorities might be planning "hasty executions". At least 20 people are currently facing charges punishable by death, Norway-based Iran Human Rights said, citing official reports . Its director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, called on the international community to take urgent action and "strongly warn the Islamic Republic of the consequences of executing protesters". The execution was ordered for an unidentified person for allegedly setting fire to a government...

UK agrees to negotiate with Mauritius over handover of Chagos Island

The UK has agreed to open negotiations with Mauritius over the future handover of the Chagos Island, in a major reversal of policy following years of resistance and legal defeats in international courts but will continue to maint control over it's military base in Diego Garcia. The proposed agreement will allow for the return of former inhabitants of the Chagos archipelago who were forcibly displaced by the British government in the 1960s and 1970s. When Mauritius gained independence from the UK in 1968, London severed the Chagos Islands from the rest of the country so it could lease the...

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