ICJ orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

The International Court of Justice reached a preliminary decision on Thursday as all 17 judges voted to order Myanmar to protect the Rohingya population from genocide. Myanmar stands accused of committing genocide against the Rohingya people after a brutal military suppression in the northern Rakhine state in 2017. Listed amongst the crimes are mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson. Over 730,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to Bangladesh. In 2018, the UN claimed that this crackdown was performed with “genocidal intent”. The judge presiding over the case, Abdulqawi Yusuf, read the...

UK reject demand for Scottish independence referendum

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has rejected Scottish demands for a second independence referendum, nicknamed indyref2, stating that it would simply perpetuate stagnation and that the 2014 referendum was predicated on the idea that it was a “once in a generation” vote. The Scottish referendum of 2014 granted a narrow victory for remaining within the union, 55% to 45%, with the majority of votes to remaining coming from older and more affluent voters. Since the 2014 election, the United Kingdom has agreed to exit the European Union which Scotland has harshly opposed with all 32 council areas...

Nepal civil war victims concern over return of transitional justice process

Victims of the Nepal Civil War have criticised and voiced their discontent over the government’s decision to revive the transitional justice process, this week.

China condemns Taiwan for re-electing separatist President

A senior government diplomat for China has condemned the election of Taiwan’s President Taiwan pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen; stating that “those who split the country will be doomed to leave a stink for 10,000 years”. President Tsai Ing-wen was rejected in a context of growing Chinese aggression and she successfully campaigned on a message that Taiwan would not relent to Chinese demands. As part of China’s “One China” policy, the Chinese government does not recognise Taiwan’s independence in spite of the view of the international community. Speaking at a conference in Africa, China...

One year on - Wet’suwet’en people's disputed territory remains in limbo

Just over a year since a dispute over the access to traditional territory in Northern British Columbia (B.C.) arose between Wet'suwet'en people and a pipeline company, tensions between the two parties have re-emerged. The Wet’suwet’en chiefs have incessantly opposed the $6.6-billion project, which would connect gas fields in North-Eastern B.C. with the planned LNG Canada export plant in Kitimat. Last week they issued eviction notices to Coastal GasLink workers to vacate the premises immediately. However, following the recent extreme cold weather across the North Coast, the hereditary chiefs...

UN - DRC violence “may amount to crimes against humanity”

A UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) investigation into the Dominican Republic of Congo (DRC) has revealed that at least 701 people from the Hema and Lendu communities in the northeast province of Ituri, DRC, from December 2017 to September 2018, raising concerns of “crimes against humanity. The report details the DRC’s security forces engaged in actions or arbitrary arrests, detentions, executions and sexual violence. The DRC has been actively deployed to this region in February 2018 but has not ceased the violence. According to the UN, the majority of the women, at least 142 people,...

HRW director denied entry to Hong Kong

Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch’s executive director has reported that he was denied entry to Hong Kong where he was set to launch HRW’s latest annual report. On Twitter Roth announced that this report would detail how China is “undermining the international human rights system”. The reason given for denying him entry was “immigration reasons” however the decision follows China’s pledge to sanction HRW, along with several other pro-democracy US organisations, in relations to anti-governments protests in Hong Kong in early December. Roth further stated in a press release by HRW; "This...

Delhi police file charges JNU students, not assailants

Two days after an attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) university students and staff, Delhi police, who have been criticised for turning a blind eye on the attack, has filed charges against several students for attacking security guards and vandalising a server room. The police have not acted against any assailants, including those who attacked JNU Professor, Sucharita Sen. The professor was left with several injuries to her head from an attack conducted by individuals identified to be affiliated with the BJP aligned student group the ABVP. The professor demanded that the police...

US imposes sanctions on South Sudan vice president

The United States has released a statement confirming that they will be imposing sanctions on Taban Teng Gai, South Sudan's first vice president, over allegations that Gai was involved in the killing of opposition politicians and strengthen his political standing. South Sudan’s treasury claims that Gai had organised the assassination of Aggrey Idri Ezibon, an opposition politician, and Dong Samuel Luak, a human rights lawyer. A spokesman for South Sudan’s president, Ateny Wek Ateny, has denied these claims maintaining that there is no evidence. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has...

Israel to build 1,936 new illegal settlement homes in Palestine

Israel has approved the construction of 1,936 illegal settlements on Sunday and Monday, according to activist group Peace Now – adding that such settlement buildings have greatly increased under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has received strong political backing from US President Donald Trump. Netanyahu’s political reign remains in jeopardy after his recent corruption charges and failure to form a new coalition government following the April and September elections last year. He was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a set of long-running corruption...

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