Fresh round of US-Taliban peace talks

A fresh round of US- Taliban peace talks began today in Doha, Qatar, with officials describing it as the “most crucial” phase of negotiations. Senior officials said a peace agreement could be expected at the end of the eighth round of talks, potentially before August 13. In a tweet, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US peace envoy for Afghanistan, wrote, “just got to Doha to resume talks with the Taliban. We are pursuing a peace agreement not a withdrawal agreement.” “A peace agreement that enables withdrawal. Our (US) presence in Afghanistan is conditions-based, and any withdrawal will be conditions...

No-Deal Brexit could lead to referendum on Scottish Independence

There is a very strong case for a second Scottish independence referendum if Britain leaves with a no-deal but there must be a democratic mandate, claims newly re-elected co-leader of Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie.

Sein Fein demand vote on Irish reunification to follow no-deal Brexit

Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sein Fein has said it is “unthinkable” that a no-deal Brexit was not followed by a vote on Irish reunification. Sein Fein’s statement follows bilateral meetings with the new Prime Minister, Borris Johnson and the other five main parties at Storming on Wednesday. The meeting was ostensibly about the deadlock negotiations over Brexit. The Guardian notes that Northern Ireland’s devolved assembly and executive have been suspended since January 2017. The Democratic Union Party’s (DUP) leader, Ariene Foster, has stated that Johnson dismissed the idea of a...

Prominent investigative journalist arrested by Tanzanian police

A prominent investigative journalist, was forcefully arrested by Tanzanian police, who are looking into his citizenship, despite a 2013 government probe which concluded that his citizenship was not an issue. Erick Kabendera, who has written for many international publications, was arrested on Monday by plainclothes police at his home on the outskirts of the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Photograph: Amnesty International Police spokesperson, Lazaro Mambosasa, said Kabendera was arrested after refusing to heed a summons. “We’re continuing to discuss his case with the office of immigration...

‘Genocide is still happening’ warns Rwandan survivor

A survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide warned that around the world genocides continue to take place, highlighting the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar and calling it a “shame on the world’s conscience”. “I myself saw the first signs of genocide in Rwanda when I was five years old,” said Yolande Mukagasana, who lost her entire family in the Rwanda genocide. “Because I was a Tutsi, I was called a snake and a cockroach.” “Now I am 65 years old and I still see genocide happening. It makes me furious. It shames us all.” Speaking at the launch of her book “Not My Time To Die” in London last week...

US jails Rwandan man for lying over role in genocide

A US court has sentenced a Rwandan man to prison for eight years after it was discovered he had lied about his role in the 1994 genocide, in order to seek asylum. Jean Leonard Teganya committed "the most serious form of immigration fraud" by "lying about his status as a war criminal to win asylum," said US Attorney Andrew E Lelling, after it was revealed he reportedly participated in at least seven murders and five rapes during the genocide. Teganya denies his involvement in the genocide, in which 800,000 people were killed. He was found guilty in April of immigration fraud and perjury,...

All-Party Parliamentary Group urges action to prevent further genocide against Tamils

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG) convened in parliament to “stop the cycle of violence and genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka”. The conference held a round table discussion which was chaired by the British Tamil Forum and had representatives from Sri Lanka Peace and Justice Campaign; International Crisis Group; Together Against Genocide (TAG); and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Alongside these speakers representatives from Widows for Peace and numerous MPs from parliament. Sarmila Varatharaj, a senior representative of BTF, aired a short documentary detailing the long...

Canada signs historic self-government deals with Métis nations

The Canadian federal government signed self-government agreements with the Metis nations of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan last month, in a historic deal that may lead to reparations and resolving ongoing land claims.

US imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians responsible for 'undermining democracy'

The US State Department said it is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. "These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights," the statement said. "The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government," the statement added. In January, the US government said that it would consider consequences,...

Nigerian security forces clash with Shia protests - 4 killed

At least four people have been killed in Nigeria’s capital Abuja after security forces clash with a Shia group who were demanding the release of their jailed leader. The protests occurred on Monday and were focused on freeing the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, who has been detained since 2015. These protests follow reports of his worsening health and knowledge that his wife is also being held. According to members of the Shia movement, the protesters were conducting themselves peacefully chanting "Free Zakzaky” but were then attacked by the police...

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