UN lists 112 companies complicit in Israel’s illegal occupations

For the first time, the UN has released a list of over 100 companies involved in the violation of Palestinian rights and illegal occupation of the West Bank. The New York Times, notes that the UNHRC has never requested a list of corporations which will face public scrutiny. The list is predominate of Israeli organisations but also include international companies such as Expedia, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, and Opodo. These travel and vacation companies offer rental opportunities in the occupied West Bank. The list also includes companies involved in the construction of settlement and...

Northern Irish independence party surges in polls

Northern Irish independence party, Sinn Féin, has seen a recent surge of support, particularly among young rural voters, which has raised its polling numbers 14% support in October to over 25% in the last week. This follows the UK withdrawal from the European Union at the end of January. Whilst Northern Ireland was largely opposed to Brexit, this division was largely formed on factional lines. Unionists, who are primarily British and Protestant, mainly (60%) voted for the UK to leave the European Union, whereas nationalists (Irish and Catholic) predominately (85%) voted to oppose Brexit...

India continues to detain Kashmiri independence leaders

India has continued its detention of four Kashmiri independence leaders and a prominent lawyer under India’s Public Safety Act (PSA) which permits detention without trial for up to two years. Reuters reports that the four arrested include former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti as well as regional party leaders Ali Mohmmad Sagar and Sartaj Madni. Kashmir’s Bar Associate President, Mian Abdul Qayoom was also arrested. His appeal has been recently rejected by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. Under India’s law the police can only detain people for a maximum of a six-month...

"We will be independent” – Catalonia leader

Following talks with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Catalonian separatist leader Quim Torra announced that he would be pushing for an agreed date for a Catalonian independence referendum. During his press conference, he stated that the path to Catalonian independence was “irreversible” despite Prime Minister Sanchez’s rejections of any move towards independence. The Catalonia independence movement gained strong support since the October 2017 referendum which was not recognised by Spanish courts. Following this election, 9 Catalonian leaders have been imprisoned in October for holding...

UN refuses to take action to protect Rohingya Muslims

The UN Security Council discussed the recent judgement by the International Court of Justice’s order to Myanmar which maintained that they must protect the Rohingya Muslim but failed to reach an agreed-upon statement. EU members have insisted that Myanmar has to comply with the ICJ’s judgement. In a joint statement, Germany, France, Belgium, Estonia and Poland stated; 'Myanmar must address the root causes of its conflicts, in Rakhine State, but also in Kachin and Shan States [...] Accountability of perpetrators of human rights and humanitarian law violations is a necessary part of this...

Palestinians plan to take their cause to the UN

Following the US-Israel proposal to grant Israel, Jerusalem and territories in the West Bank, Palestinian authorities have responded by rejecting the deal and stating that they will present their case to the UN. Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas was reported to have responded to the proposed deal with “a thousand no’s”. For more information on the proposed deal read: Palestinians protest Trumps Middle East plan Riyad Mansour, a Palestinian envoy to the UN, will place a draft resolution to the 15-member Security Council where it is likely to be vetoed by the United States. The resolution...

Palestinians protest Trumps Middle East plan 

Following the announcement of US President’s Middle East plan, which aims to grant Jerusalem to Israel as well as recognising Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank, hundreds of Palestinians have taken to the streets in Ramallah and the Gaza strip. US President, Donald Trump, made the announcement accompanied with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he described it as the ‘Deal of the Century’. Aljazeera has described the deal as ‘a new Balfour’, invoking the initial British pledge in 1917 which established Israel. The declaration also led to the...

ICJ orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

The International Court of Justice reached a preliminary decision on Thursday as all 17 judges voted to order Myanmar to protect the Rohingya population from genocide. Myanmar stands accused of committing genocide against the Rohingya people after a brutal military suppression in the northern Rakhine state in 2017. Listed amongst the crimes are mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson. Over 730,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to Bangladesh. In 2018, the UN claimed that this crackdown was performed with “genocidal intent”. The judge presiding over the case, Abdulqawi Yusuf, read the...

UK reject demand for Scottish independence referendum

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has rejected Scottish demands for a second independence referendum, nicknamed indyref2, stating that it would simply perpetuate stagnation and that the 2014 referendum was predicated on the idea that it was a “once in a generation” vote. The Scottish referendum of 2014 granted a narrow victory for remaining within the union, 55% to 45%, with the majority of votes to remaining coming from older and more affluent voters. Since the 2014 election, the United Kingdom has agreed to exit the European Union which Scotland has harshly opposed with all 32 council areas...

Nepal civil war victims concern over return of transitional justice process

Victims of the Nepal Civil War have criticised and voiced their discontent over the government’s decision to revive the transitional justice process, this week.

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