Rwanda issues warrant against former spy complicit in 1994 genocide

Rwanda’s government has issued an international arrest warrant for former Rwandan spy, Aloys Ntiwiragabo, for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. According to French news site Mediapart, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has identified Ntiwiragabo as one of the architects of the genocide. This warrant follows the arrest of alleged genocide architect, Felicien Kabuga, who had evaded authorities for 25 years by travelling to several countries. Kabuga is accused of financing the Rwandan genocide.

Boris Johnson recruits former Australian PM known for hardline anti-immigration policies

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recruited right-wing former Australian PM, Tony Abbott, to help lead the post-Brexit global trade mission. Abbott has been criticised for his hardline anti-immigration policy, which stopped refugees from reaching Australia by boat while others were detained in camps on distant islands. Abbott's involvement in the Brexit trade planning has been widely criticised, including by Shadow International Trade Secretary, Emily Thornberry, who said, "On a personal lvel , it is shameful that Boris Johnson thinks this offensive, aggressive, leering, gaffe-prine...

At least 7 young teens killed by Angolan police enforcing virus curbs

Amnesty International stated seven young men have been shot dead between May and July by Angolan security forces intending to uphold the country’s coronavirus restrictions. A joint investigation by Angolan rights group OMUNGHA and the UK0 based watchdog resulted in the groups stating security forces used “excessive, unlawful force” in tracking down breaches. The government in March declared a state of emergency and soldiers and police were deployed to enforce the curfews and gathering bans. “One teenage boy was shot in the face while he lay injured; another was killed when police fired on a...

Calls for country-wide strike after 9 year old girl shot in Chile

Chile Truckdrivers call for a country-wide strike after a nine-year-old girl was shot when her father’s cement truck was attacked by at least four armed men on a local highway. The child is currently being treated for serious injuries in a hospital in south-central Chile, as reported by local media. The truck drivers called for this walk-off to begin Thursday if President Sebastian Pinera and Congress do not act to reduce the violent unrest in Chile’s Araucania region. In recent months, Chile’s Araucania has faced numerous attacks to transport trucks and factories. This simmering tension...

Seventh protest against governor’s arrest challenged Kremlin

Around 1,500 demonstrators marched across Russia’s southeastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday, in the seventh consecutive weekend of protests after the arrest of the regional governor. Sergei Furgal was arrested on 9 July in connection with murder charges in which he denies. Demonstrators took to the streets of Khabarovsk, demanding that Furgal stand trial at home, claiming the charges against Furgal were unsubstantiated and politically motivated.

Uproar after Somalia’s parliament considers legalisation of child marriage

An uproar is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a new bill that would allow child marriage once a girl reaches puberty, as early as 10 years old for some girls, or as long as the family gives their consent. Recent government surveys show that nearly a third of girls are married before turning 18 and just under half of those married before turning 15. The deputy speaker, Abdiweli Mudeey, who presented the controversial bill claimed, “this bill … is the correct one based on Islam.” However, human rights activist, Sahra Omar Malin, stated, “our constitution is based on Islam. It says the...

Egypt passes new law protecting victims of sexual abuse

Egypt approved a new law on Tuesday, protecting the identity of victims of sexual harassment and abuse in a move aimed to reduce the social stigma of reporting such crimes. The Egyptian government has faced recent pressure to act after hundreds of women have started to speak up on social media about sexual assault in Egypt’s recent #MeToo movement. The new law will give victims the automatic rights to anonymity, banning investigative authorities from disclosing information about victims in such crimes, except to defendants or their lawyers.

Human Rights Activist killed in Philippine ‘war against dissent’

Human rights activist, Zara Alvarez, is the thirteenth human rights activist of her group killed in Philippines “war against dissent” while under President Rodrigo Duterte’s rule. Alvarez, a former education director of the human rights alliance Karapatan, died on Monday evening after being shot six times as she was heading home from buying dinner. Police say Alvarez was killed by an unidentified assailant, who got away with the help of an unidentified accomplice. However human rights group called on the Philippine government to investigate Alvarez’s death alongside the other 12 rights...

Floods in Sudan destroy thousands of homes, killing at least 65 people

Photo of flood in Sudan 2013: Credit - Nafeer Sudan In Sudan at least 65 people were killed, and more than 14,000 homes were destroyed, during recent torrential rain and flooding. Sudan usually experiences heavy rain between June and October each year, however, this year’s disastrous downpour has damaged more than 30,400 homes and killed almost 700 cattle. At least 14 schools have been damaged across the country, and more than 1,600 water sources have been contaminated with Sudan’s Khartoum, Blue Nile, and River Nile states among the hardest hit by the floods. The UN said on Wednesday that...

Tens of thousands take to the streets as election protests grow in Belarus

Photo of President Alexander Lukashenko Tens of thousands flooded Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for a fifth consecutive day of protest against a corrupt election they claimed helped extend the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Demonstrators have been protesting since Sunday, demanding a recount of the ballet that gave Lukashenko a landslide victory extending his 26 years of “iron-fisted” rule. However, the police moved aggressively to break up the protests earlier this week, using batons, stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, leaving hundreds injured and at least one killed. They...

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