Guatemala arrests former military chief accused of genocide

Luis Enrique Mendoza has been arrested by Guatemala police and is facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1982 massacre of Maya Ixil people. The Guatemalan police made the arrest outside an elementary school serving as a polling station just north of Guatemala City. He had come out to cast his ballot in the general election held on Sunday. Mendoza is the father-in-law of Estuardo Galdamez, a legislator and the ruling FCN party's presidential candidate in Sunday's election. Mendoza was also the head of military operations under the dictatorship of Efrain Rios...

Amnesty International calls for an immediate inquiry into the death of former Egyptian President

Amnesty International has called for an impartial inquiry into the death of former Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, who died in court on 17 June. In a statement Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa said: “The Egyptian authorities must immediately order an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death, as well as his detention conditions and his ability to access medical care”. Amnesty has raised concerns over Egypt’s treatment of prisoners, stating, “Egyptian authorities have an appalling track record of detaining...

Nationalists in Myanmar condemns sedition charges against extremist monk Wirathu

Myanmar’s most prominent nationalist group has condemned sedition charges brought against one of its leading members, Ashin Wirathu, after he had made defamatory remarks about State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the government. Wirathu had previously been arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2003 for preaching ultranationalism and anti-Muslim ideas but was released in 2012. Since the defamatory remarks on the 5 May, he has been able to avoid arrest. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture released a statement which read that those who do not uphold the morals of the...

Four police killed in Cameroon by a suspected separatist bomb

A suspected separatist attack has killed four police and wounded six in Cameroon’s English speaking region. The attack follows another attack in the south-west district of Eyumojock on Saturday. No group has claimed responsibility for the most recent attack. The most recent attack marks the first deadly strike using a bomb. The government released a statement which stated: “The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law,” These recent attacks put at risk peace negotiations which the opposing sides had claimed...

19 killed in Burkina Faso

An unidentified group killed 19 people and wounded 13 in and around the town, Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government reports. Reuters notes that over 150,000 have been forcibly displaced due to Islamist violence and hundreds of people have been killed in the last few months across the Shel region. In December, the government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali. This was extended by six months after jihadists attacked civilians in Arbinda’s Soum province. The government has responded to the latest attack by launching a search operation...

US joins diplomatic push to save Sudan talks

A top US diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, was due to arrive in Khartoum, Sudan, to join an international push to salvage a deal between Sudan’s opposition groups and the military council. Talks between the transitional military council and the civilian opposition broke down when Sudan’s security forces attacked a sit-in protest. Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has also tried to mediate talks to break the deadlock between the military council and the opposition. He proposed a 15-member transitional council, consisting of eight civilians and seven army officers, to lead the country to...

Police and protesters clash in Hong Kong

Police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Hong Kong as protests turn violent. Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets, surrounding the Legislative Council, ahead of the scheduled debate, to express their anger against government plans to allow extraditions to China. Police officers have used tear gas, rubber bullets, batons, pepper spray and water hoses against the demonstrators. 22 people are reported to have been taken to hospital for injuries sustained in the clashes. Hong Kong police commissioner, Stephen Lo Wai-Chung, said that the police took action...

India's Supreme Court orders the release of a journalist detained for defaming BJP leader

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of a journalist, Prashant Kanojia, who had posted controversial tweets about Yogi Adityanath, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Utter Pradesh current Chief Minister. According to a petition his wife sent to the Supreme Court; Kanojia, age 26, was detained by plainclothed police after he tweeted about a woman claiming to be in love with Utter Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A further two journalists have been arrested for holding a discussion on the women’s claim about Adityanath in Noida, a city on the...

Almost 100 killed in Central Mali attack

According to local officials, at least 95 Fulani villagers have been killed in an attack on Sobane-Kou, by suspected ethnic Dogon villagers in central Mali, and 19 are reported missing. The attackers also burned down houses and killed livestock. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet but there have been rising tensions between the Dogon and Fulani ethnic groups. The village was home to around 300 inhabitants according to officials. Nicolas Haque, a reporter for Al Jazeera, has reported that Malian troops have been deployed to the village to try and “secure the area and to...

Canada complicit in 'race-based genocide' against Indigenous people

Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (NIMMIWG) has found the country is complicit in “race-based genocide” against the Indigenous People. The report identified that indigenous women are 12 times more likely to be killed or to disappear than other women in Canada. In total, the inquiry cost over C$92 million and heard over 2,300 testimonies which included survivors of violence and family members. According to the inquiry, these issues may be attributed to deep-rooted colonialism and state negligence. The report further details 231 “calls for justice”...

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