Mozambique denies 'beheading, torture and other ill-treatment'

Mozambique has denied alleged human rights abuses by the security forces and has insisted that abuses were committed solely by Islamist insurgents impersonating soldiers. According to Amnesty International, they have video footage and pictures of soldiers in the uniforms of the Mozambique Armed Defence Forces and the Mozambique Rapid Intervention Police committing atrocities in the Cabo Delgado province. These abuses include "beheading, torture and other ill-treatment of prisoners; the dismemberment of alleged opposition fighters; possible extrajudicial executions; and the transport and...

At least ten killed during Colombian protests against police brutality

At least ten people were killed after nationwide protests of police brutality in Colombia. The protests started after the killing of Javier Ordóñez, an unarmed lawyer who was pinned down by police as they shocked him with a taser for over two minutes. Police responded to protesters with teargas and beatings. It was reported by the government that 10 people were dead in the aftermath of protests, and hundreds of civilians were reported injured. Over sixty people had bullet injuries. Economic uncertainty related to COVID-19 has also contributed to the rise in protests, as has been seen...

Lebanon president named “tea thief” after misuse of donated Ceylon Tea

Lebanon President, Michael Aoun, has received backlash after it emerged that Ceylon tea donated by Sri Lanka for the victims of the Beirut blast was instead given to the families of his presidential guard. Sri Lanka donated 1,675 kilos of Ceylon tea in an effort to show support in the wake of the Beirut blast which killed more than 190 people, injuring 6,500 and leaving around 300,000 homeless. The president’s office released a picture of Aoun receiving the Sri Lankan ambassador saying Colombo had donated the Ceylon tea “to those affected by the Beirut blast.” After questioned about the use...

Sudan floods threaten ancient pyramids

Heavy rains in Sudan have caused the Nile River to reach record-breaking levels, threatening sites housing the royal pyramids of Meroe and Nuri, two of the country’s most important archaeological areas.

More than 80 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert

More than 80 African migrants have been rescued after being found in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert after they were robbed and left to die by people they had paid to smuggle them to Libya, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. An IOM rescue team found four abandoned trucks carrying migrants from Nigeria, Togo, Mali and Ghana, left dehydrated, injured and in need of medical assistance. One of the migrants, aged 25, said that the group had been stranded for three days without food or water. He went on to tell IOM, “people were collapsing left and right. I started...

Pakistan Court sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous texts’

A court in Lahore Pakistan has sentenced a 37-year-old Christian man, Asif Pervaiz, to death for committing “blasphemy.” Pervaiz, a garment factory worker, has been in custody since 2013 when his supervisor accused him of sending derogatory remarks about the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a text message. Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, has strict blasphemy laws which prescribe a mandatory death penalty for the crime of insulting the Prophet, and strict penalties for insulting Islam or the Quran. Speaking in his own defence in court, Pervaiz denied the charges but was found guilty and...

Hundreds of Belarus protestors demand justice after ‘repeatedly beaten’ by police      

Human rights groups have denounced inhumane conditions in which thousands of protestors were detained and beaten by police, amid huge protests that have weakened Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s grip on power. One demonstrator, Arthur Khomenko, said police officers began beating him with their fists and in one instance they pulled down his underwear and threatened to rape him with a truncheon. Khomenko then spent most of the next week with searing pain and partial hearing loss, where doctors diagnosed him with a traumatic brain injury, concussion and bruising across his head and body...

Student protestors in Hungary demand academic freedom for top arts University

Several thousand students protested on Sunday for the independence of Hungary’s University of Theatre and Film Arts following what they see as a takeover of their school by the autocratic government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Protestors took to the university’s various buildings holding signs saying, “We stand for the freedom of our university.” On Monday, many members of the school’s management resigned in protest, which included many of Hungary’s most famous directors and filmmakers. One demonstrator, Marta Barbarics commented saying, “if a university cannot teach in a way as its...

Former Mali president seeks medical treatment as discussions of a return to civilian rule begin

Overthrown Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita left the country on Saturday seeking medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates, as talks about a transition back to civilian rule began.

Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong over election postponement protests

Hong Kong police arrested at least 289 protestors on Sunday, as they assembled on the day the local elections were supposed to be held. Elections were postponed for at least a year, and officials pointed to the pandemic as the reason for moving the election date. Police officers used pepper spray against protestors, and some of the arrests were made by plainclothes police officers. One activist was even arrested in his home on Sunday for “uttering seditious words”, whilst footage of officers tackling a 12-year-old girl to the ground also went viral.

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