UK claims the pay-outs for Iraq abuses are ‘too many to count’

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has claimed the number of complaints it has received from Iraq relating to unlawful detention and mistreatment by British soldiers is too numerous and that a full disclosure of the sum paid to settle claims would not be possible. The MoD insists that they cannot provide the full figure as it would take weeks for civil servants to collate all the figures however claim that they are able to provide approximate figures for the thousands of complaints lodged against British troops during their involvement in the 2003 US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. This statement comes as British parliament is set to debate a controversial bill, “the Overseas which would provide partial amnesty for troops who have committed serious crimes - including murder and torture - while serving outside the country.

Former Bosnian Serb General appeals genocide conviction

Former Bosnian Serb general, Ratko Mladic, has appealed his 2017 conviction of genocide and crimes against humanity during the Yugoslav wars, appearing in the Hague on Tuesday. Mladic has been convicted of overseeing the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 and attacking and murdering civilians during the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. He was the commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 war that was part of Yugoslavia's breakup. He is currently facing a life sentence. For 16 years he had avoided justice by hiding in Serbia before finally...

Artist Banksy funds rescue vessel for migrants stranded in central Mediterranean

The British artist Banksy funded a vessel to give aid as hundred of migrants remain stranded in the central Mediterranean. Many migrants were transferred to rescue ships, as European officials ignored calls to allow migrants on shore. These ships were deployed after Louise Michel crew issued a distress call near Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Africa, as it was no longer able to steer with so many people on board. Banksy criticised EU authorities via Instagram, saying, "EU authorities deliberately ignore distress calls from 'non-Europeans.'" According to the International...

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.