14 killed in Burkina Faso Church shooting

At least 14 people were killed during a church service in Hantoukoura, in the east of Burkina Fasco. The death counts included the pastor as well as children attending the church. The death follows ethnic and religious tension in the region. Last October, an attack on a mosque killed 15 people and two were seriously injured. So far the identity of the attack and motivations are unclear however, it is suspected to have been organised by Islamist militants have groups. Read the BBC's reporting here .

Suriname’s President sentenced to 20 years

Desi Bouterse, Suriname’s President has been sentenced to 20 years for ordering the exception of 15 political prisoners in 1982. Those executed included lawyers, union leaders and journalists who fleeing from imprisonment in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname. Bouterse initially came to power due to a military coup in 1980 after which he was promoted to the head of the army and then, in 1987, became de facto leader. In 2010 he was elected president and then in 2015 he was re-elected for another term. Whilst Bouterse denies the charges, the court has maintained that the president oversaw the...

Kashmiri militants killed by Indian soldiers

Two Kashmiri separatist militants were killed by Indian soldiers and a further two people have been killed in a grenade attack. The attacks follow a security clampdown with India’s government shutting down internet and phone lines as well as increasing its military presence in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. This follows successive moves by the Hindu nationalist BJP government to strip Kashmir of its rights. On August 5, the Indian government moved to strip Kashmir of its autonomous status increase India’s control of the region. On October 31, Modi’s government changed the Jammu and...

UK urges China to allow UN ‘immediate and unfettered’ access to its detention camps

The UK has urged China to allow the United Nations ‘immediate and unfettered’ access to its detention camps in Xianjing where at least one million Uighur Muslims are being held involuntarily. The UK Foreign Office made this call in response to ‘The China Cables,’ a data leak of classified documents which found that the camps were envisioned from the start to be brainwashing detention centres. A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the Chinese government's escalating crackdown, in particular the extra-judicial detention of...

India extends ban on Assam's separatist group for 5 years

India’s federal government has extended its ban on the separatist group known as the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) which has been operating in Assam, in India's northeast for the past five years. The NDFB is a militant organisation that has been fighting for an independent Bodoland for the Bodo people, an ethnolinguistic group in the Indian state of Assam. India’s federal Home Minister has accused the group of killing 19 civilians since January 2015 and being involved in 62 violent incidents. The minister has further stated that since 2015 55 militants have been killed and 450...

Bougainvilleans begin independence vote from Papua New Guinea

Over 200,000 registered Bougainvilleans began casting their vote in a long-awaited independence from Papua New Guinea, as they gear up in hope of creating the world’s newest country. The people of the island of Bougainville, situated 1,000 miles northeast of Australia are now voting for a separate nation, breaking away from economically strained Papua New Guinea (PNG).

African Union urges UK to end “colonial administration” of Chagos Island

The African Union has urged the UK to bring an end to its “continued colonial administration” of the Chagos Islands following a ruling at the International Criminal Court against UK’s rule over the Chagos islands. The Chagos islands are in a territorial dispute between Mauritius and the UK, as the former argues that the archipelago was unlawfully taken into the territory of the UK in 1965, shortly before Mauritius gained independence three years later. In May 2019, the UN passed a non-binding resolution calling on the UK to "withdraw its colonial administration” within 6 months, which expired...

Trump defends alleged US war criminal

US President Donald J Trump has tweeted in defence of alleged war criminal and former Navy Seal Edward Gallagher. This statement follows senior defence officials statements that they would resign or be willingly fired if they were forced to keep Gallagher in his position. Gallagher stands accused of a litany of human rights violations including capturing and torturing a teenager who had joined Isis; killing a school age girl and old man from a sniper’s roost; as well as, threatening to kill any colleagues who reported him. Gallagher was later acquitted of crimes during a court martial on 2...

Myanmar's Aung Suu Kyi to contest genocide allegations

Aung Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, will lead a delegation to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to contest charges of genocide. The allegations relate to the crimes committed against the largely Muslim Rohingya people in the northern state of Rakhine in 2017. The army led a brutal crackdown which led over 730,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. In 2018 the UN has reported that this crackdown was executed with “genocidal intent” and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson. The delegation lead by Kyi will participate in public hearings from 10 to 12 December. Read...

UN approves Palestinian’s right to self-determination

The Palestinian Authority has welcomed a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly reaffirming Palestinian’s right to self-determination. This resolution was adopted during a session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly and is considered a rebuke of the US’s decision to accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In total, 165 states voted in favour of the resolution, five against, and nine abstained. Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, maintained the need for the international community to support Palestinians' right of self-determination and...

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