UK and Canada sanction Myanmar military generals over serious rights abuses

The United Kingdom and Canada announced that they are imposing sanctions on individuals responsible for serious human rights violations against the people of Myanmar during the coup. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that three Myanmar military generals will face travel bans and their assets will be frozen under the UK's sanctions regime. Today the UK has sanctioned further individuals responsible for serious human rights violations against the people of Myanmar during the coup. We are clear we will act to hold those who violate human rights accountable. We stand with the #Myanmar...

ICC to investigate Israeli war crimes

Photo of ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday determined that it has jurisdiction over the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, opening the way for the chief prosecutor to inquire into allegations of Israeli war crimes. The decision comes more than a year after the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, was asked to confirm its jurisdictions in the area. It has been widely approved by the Palestinians who have pushed for an investigation since 2014, following a brutal campaign in the Gaza strip and the continued...

Aung San Suu Kyi detained during Burma's military coup

Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been detained by the country’s military following a military coup in which the top army commander, Min Aung Hlaing, seized total control. The coup follows the contested election victory of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, which the military (Tatmadaw) alleges was fraudulent. The Tatmadaw has made the unsubstantiated claim that there were almost 10 million unlisted voters were on the list. Human rights groups had noted during the election that polls were “fundamentally flawed” not due to mass voter fraud but rather the disenfranchisement...

Indian riot police order farmers to vacate protest site

Indian riot police attempted to clear farmers from one of the farmer protest sites in Ghazipur by cutting off water and electricity supplies. The protesters defiantly refused to leave the site and were joined by thousands of protesters, forcing the police to back down. Ghazipur is one of the protest sites on the outskirts of Delhi, where Indian farmers have been demanding for the Indian government to repeal three agricultural laws. The laws are said to benefit private buyers over farmers, hurting the farmer's livelihoods. Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting peacefully since...

Three British Sikhs face potential extradition on alleged involvement of a 2009 murder in India

Three British Sikh men of Indian origin have been arrested by the UK police in connection with the murder of Rulda Singh, a member of the Hindu-supremacist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in India in 2009. In a series of dawn raids, Gursharanvir Singh Wahiwala and his brother Amritivir Singh aged 37 and 40 respectively were arrested in Coventry and Piara Singh Gill, 38, was arrested in Wolverhampton. Extradition warrants have been issued by the Westminster magistrates’ court against the three men on suspicions of conspiracy to murder. All three arrested have lived their whole...

UN criticises Trump after pardon of Blackwater contractors responsible for Iraqi massacre

A group of United Nations human rights experts have accused US president Donald Trump of violating international law after he pardoned four Blackwater private security contractors who were serving prison sentences for killing 14 innocent Iraqi civilians, including two children, in Baghdad in 2007. According to the US Justice Department, at around noon on 16 September 2007, several contractors opened fire indiscriminately in Nisour Square. When the shooting stopped, Iraqi authorities ruled 17 Iraqi civilians had been killed. An FBI investigation concluded there were 14 deaths, including that of two children aged 9 and 11, and said the deaths were considered unjustified under the rules of the use of deadly force.

Detroit seeks to countersue Black Lives Matter activists for 'civil conspiracy'

The city of Detroit announced last month that it is countersuing Black Lives Matter protestors after a group of organizers sued the local government in late August. After protests across the USA and around the world over the killing of George Floyd police in May, activists in Detroit sued the local government for how the police reacted to the demonstrations. Alleging that Detroit cops “repeatedly responded with violence” and asking the federal judge to bar the police from using tools of “excessive force” like chemical weapons or rubber bullets in the future. The city has now filed a countersuit in response, alleging a “civil conspiracy” and claiming the protests in

Over 100 British MPs and Lords ‘horrified’ at India’s brutal response to Indian farmer’s protest

A cross-party statement by British MPs and peers in the House of Lords has condemned the ‘brute force’ the Indian government has used in responding to ‘hundreds of thousands of peacefully protesting farmers’.

British banks loaned $60m to company with links to Myanmar's military

British banks have come under pressure from human rights groups after it was reported that more than $60 million has been lent to a company part-owned and used by the Myanmar military, as it carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. Justice for Myanmar (JFM), a campaign organisation, found that HSBC and Standard Chartered made the loans to Vietnamese telecom company Viettel – a company part owned by and used by Myanmar’s military – even as it stood accused of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. Viettel is a major investor in Mytel, a Myanmar mobile network...

Trump supporters storm Capitol building

Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from confirming the victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Lawmakers have been rushed out of the building following the breach. It came as the representatives debated a move by Republicans to overturn November’s election results.