George Floyd’s brother calls on UN Human Rights Council to establish Commission of Inquiry

The brother of George Floyd, a Black man who was murdered by US police last month, has appealed to the UN Human Rights Council during their debate regarding investigations into US police brutality and systemic racism, calling for an independent Commission of Inquiry to be established. Floyd repeated the story that sparked worldwide protests: his brother was tortured and murdered by four Minneapolis police officers. He went on to connect his brother’s story to those of countless other Black Americans who have been murdered at the hands of police officers. “The way you saw my brother tortured...

India reports 20 soldiers killed in border disputes with China

20 Indian soldiers have been killed in a border dispute between China and India in the Himalayan region. This violent clash follows escalating tensions between the two countries and has resulted in the first loss of life in the border region since 1975 and the worst military crisis between the countries in almost 60 years. Responding to the escalating violence, India’s army has reported that: “senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation” and that they were “firmly committed to protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the...

Former UK PMs criticise plans to merge Foreign Office with Department of International Development

Three former UK prime ministers have criticised the current’s British prime minister’s plan to merge the Department of International Development (DfID) with the Foreign Office into what he describes as a “super-department”. Former Prime Ministers David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair have condemned the proposed merger, with Cameron stating that this would lead to “less respect for the UK overseas”. Similarly, Gordon Brown has described the decision as sad whilst Tony Blair stated that he was “utterly dismayed”. Current Labour leader, Kier Starmer, also voiced criticism of the move...

Trump orders sanctions on ICC officials investigating US war crimes

US President, Donald Trump, has issued an executive order authorising sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) employees involved in investigating whether US forces, intelligence agents, or allied countries such as Israel, committed war crimes during the conflict in Afghanistan. This executive order, signed in on Thursday would deny visas and block funds and assets for ICC employees and their immediate family members. These sanctions follow repeated threats from the Trump administration which aim to block ICC investigations into war crimes committed in Afghanistan and Palestine...

Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate UK 'hostile environment' policy

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will investigate the UK “hostile environment” immigration policy, which led to the wrongful detention of 83 people and harassment of thousands, as part of their drive to end “systemic and entrenched race inequalities that exist in our country”. The hostile environment is the name given to a set of immigration policies which were first announced in 2012 and were enacted under the direction of Theresa May, who was then the Home Secretary. These policies aimed to make life for "illegal immigrants" increasingly difficult by forcing landlords, the...

French court ruling may reveal more on complicity in Rwandan genocide

A French court ruling later this month may allow the opening of the archives of former French President François Mitterand and shed light on the government’s role in the Rwandan genocide, reports Euronews. The public rapporteur of France's Council of State has ruled in favour of researcher François Graner, from the NGO Survie (Survival), which has been calling for the opening of the archives of the former French president. "What we want is to understand what the political decision-makers of the time knew, François Mitterand and his advisors, what information they had when they made the...

British Black Lives Matter topple slave owner monument

Black Lives Matters protesters in Bristol, England, tore down a statue commemorating the life of slave trader Edward Colston. The statue of Colston was erected in 1895 and has been a great source of controversy as whilst Colston has given a great deal of money to the city, he had earned this money through slavery. From 1672 and 1689, Colston’s company kidnapped and sold over 100,000 slaves, transporting them from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas. Slaves, including women and children, were kept in horrific conditions often suffering from dehydration, dysentery and scurvy which...

US lashes out against China’s “Obscene Propaganda”

Responding to criticism from China over the police unlawful killing George Floyd, US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo has lashed out describing the Chinese Communist Party’s criticism as “obscene” and “laughable propaganda”. Pompeo’s statement stressed that the contrast between the US and China “could not be more stark” and goes on to list a litany of human rights abuses conducted in China. This includes attacks on churches, imprisons journalist and forcing Uighurs into “re-education camps”. Pompeo claimed that China has crushed the aspiration and freedom of the people of Hong Kong and...

UN condemns lynchings and racial terror in America

(Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull) A group of UN rights experts have condemned America’s systemic racism and racial bias following what they term as the “lynching” of George Floyd and the outbreak of protests throughout America and across the world. In a statement issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, they specify that the recent killing of African Americans by police officials has been done with impunity and involved “disregard or depravity toward human life” as well as “the use of public spaces to assert racial control” each characteristic of lynching. A...

UK Prime Minister pledges to accept 3 million Hong Kong nationals

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has vowed to enable 3 million Hong Kong residents to settle in the UK as the Chinese government introduce a draconian national security act which threatens pro-independence activists. The announcement of this plan has been met with approval from both human rights organisations as well as senior Conservative party officials. There are discrepancies however in the government’s messaging with Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, proposing to limit the plans to British oversea passport holders. This would limit the plan to 350,000. This announcement follows...

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