Marking the centennial anniversary, President Xi warns foreign powers China will not be bullied

Marking the 100 th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping warned foreign powers that China “will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us”. “Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people” he added. Jinping’s statement follows a statement by NATO’s Secretary-General , Jens Stoltenberg, who waned against the challenges China posed. “We are concerned by China’s coercive policies which stand in contrast to the fundamental values enshrined in the...

751 unmarked graves found at residential school in Canada

751 unmarked graves were discovered at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan, just weeks after the remains of 215 children were found in British Columbia. The bodies were discovered at the Marieval Indian Residential School, with a search with ground-penetrating radar stating that there was 751 hits. Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess added that there were at least 600 bodies buried in the area. “We want to make sure when we tell our story that we’re not trying to make numbers sound bigger than they are. I like to say over 600, just to be assured.”

Liberian rebel convicted of war crimes atrocities in landmark Swiss trial

Alieu Kosiah, became the first Liberian to be convicted for war crimes committed during the country’s civil war, in a court hearing in Switzerland earlier this month . The rebel commander was found guilty of murder, rape and cannibalism by the Swiss court in Bellinzona, and sentenced to 20 years in jail – the maximum permitted under Swiss law. Kosiah was arrested in 2014 and faced 25 charges, with the principle of “universal jurisdiction” used to convict him for all but four of the charges against him. Human Rights Watch labelled the sentencing a “landmark” and activists in Liberia’s capital...

China poses ‘systemic’ challenges warns NATO

Concluding the first-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called for a unified response to the challenges posed by China. “We are concerned by China’s coercive policies which stand in contrast to the fundamental values enshrined in the Washington Treaty. China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal with more warheads and a larger number of sophisticated delivery systems” warned Stoltenberg. This was the first time NATO had presented China’s expanding reach and capacities as a security challenge. In his statement, Stoltenberg highlighted China’s “coercive behaviour”; increased...

UN court upholds conviction of genocide against ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladić 

Photograph: UN News An appeal by Ratko Mladic, the commander of Bosnian Serb forces in the country’s 1992-95 war, against the 2017 verdict that convicted him of genocide has been turned down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Switzerland to hold referendum on controversial terrorism bill

Switzerland will be holding a referendum on a controversial terrorism bill, which has been widely panned by international human rights organisations, on 13 June. The measure, which gained parliamentary approval last year but still requires a majority via a referendum, significantly expands the powers of the police as well as the definition of “terrorism”. The bill has been criticised by 80 Swiss non-governmental organisations, over 60 law professors from Switzerland, and leading human rights organisations including the UN , Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists...

Remains of 215 Indigenous children discovered at former Canadian residential school

Photo credit (Twitter: @TVRVNTO) A mass grave was found at a residential school in British Colombia, Canada, containing the remains of 215 indigenous children on Friday. Photo credit (Twitter: @TVRVNTO) Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation said that the remains, of children as young as 3 years old, were found with ground-penetrating radar. The Tk’emlups te Secwépemc continues to work with specialists and coroner’s office to establish the cause of death and an estimate of when it occurred. The deaths of these children was not documented by school administrators...

France asks for forgiveness for Rwandan genocide

French President, Emmanuel Macron, asked for Rwandan’s forgiveness its silence over the Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 Tutsi and Hutu dissidents were killed, however, Macron fell short of apologising for the role France played. In his statement Macron maintained that France had for too long "valued silence over examination of the truth" but also noted that France had not been an accomplice in the killings and that "France did not understand that by wanting to block a regional conflict or a civil war, it stood de facto by a genocidal regime". This statement follows the publication of a...

Aung San Suu Kyi makes first court appearance since arrest

Myanmar’s ousted democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi made her first public appearance since the military deposed her government and seized power on 1 February 2021, at a court hearing on Monday. Suu Kyi, along with 4,000 others, was arrested following the military which took place after her party the National League for Democracy (NLD), won the November 2020 elections. Myanmar’s military government leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing justified the coup by accusing the NLD of committing election fraud despite scant evidence. Last week, Myanmar’s media reported that the junta-appointed Union...

Irob minority in Ethiopia fears extinction as war escalates

The Irob minority group in Ethiopia are facing an existential crisis in addition to the mass atrocities inflicted by ongoing conflict in the Tigray state. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched military forces in response to “traitorous” attacks on military camps that has since escalated to thousands of civilian casualties, hundreds of thousands of people who have been internally displaced within Tigray, and 63,000 refugees who have fled to Sudan since fighting broke out on November 4th, 2020. The embattled region the Irob occupy “has been turned totally upside down,” Teklay, resident...

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