Mordaunt to give amnesty to veterans for battle crimes

Penny Mordaunt, the new defence secretary, has promised to introduce an amnesty against prosecution of British soldiers for alleged offences committed in the course of duty more than ten years ago covering wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and aorund the world but not in Northern Ireland. “It is high time that we change the system and provide the right legal protections to make sure the decisions our service personnel take in the battlefield will not lead to repeated or unfair investigations down the line,” Mordaunt said. Following that announcement, Mordaunt said she would like to see the exemption...

FARC accuses Colombia of 'dirty war' of assassinations as it transitions into politics

Colombia’s Revolutionary Alternative Common Force (FARC) accused the far right of assassinating its members, whilst pledging to continue the process of peace and integration into politics. The statement came after, the FARC’s most senior commander Jorge Enrique Corredor was shot dead, on Tuesday. “We won’t hesitate to point the finger at the right-wing and paramilitary sectors closely linked to the state security agencies, who are behind these murders, “ FARC Senator Pablo Catatumbo told press. He labelled the attacks during peace time a ‘dirty war.’ This weeks killing was the FARCs highest...

Sudan military and opposition agree to three year transition period

Sudan’s military council and opposition groups have agreed to a three-year transition period to transfer power to a fully civilian administration. “We vow to our people that the agreement will be completed fully within 24 hours in a way that meets the people’s aspirations,” Lieutenant General Yasser al Atta said. He said that the Parliament will have 300 members with the Alliance for Freedom and Change making up 67 per cent of it while the rest will be made up of other political groups. Despite agreement on a three-year transition period, they are yet to agree on who will lead the sovereign...

ICC prosecutor calls for UN member states to pressure for arrest of Libya war criminals

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called on the need for governments to act on arrest warrants for Libyan’s accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council in New York, Bensouda said the ICC has issued multiple warrants for Sail Al-Islam Gaddafi, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled and Mahmoud Mustafa Al-Werfalli for crimes ranging from unlawful imprisonment, torture and mass murder. The prosecutor added that “the execution of these arrest warrants depends on the cooperation of Sates”, meaning the continued freedom of the...

US seizes North Korean ship for violating international sancitons

The Untied States has seized a North Korean shipping vessel that violated American law and international sanctions. IN an announcement released by the US Justice Department on Thursday, prosecutors said a carrier ship that was being used to export sanctioned North Korean coal , was seized. In what was the first time the United States had seized a North Korean cargo vessel for violating international sanctions, the head of the Justice Department John Demers, said, “This sanctions busting ship is now out of service.” Mr Demers further noted that the ship was the second largest cargo ship in...

Singapore fake news law will have a chilling effect on internet freedom

Singapore has passed a bill that forces media to correct and remove content that the government considers to be false, a move which will have a “chilling effect on internet freedom” according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The bill has been criticised by rights groups, journalists and tech firms as it could be used to clamp down on freedom of speech. “The absence of clear protection for expression pose real risks that it will be misused to clamp down on the free exchange and expression of opinions and information,” Frederick Rawski said, the Asia Pacific director for International Commission of...

Two Reuters journalists freed in Myanmar

Two Reuters journalists have been freed in Myanmar after spending over 500 days in jail after being convicted of breaching the Official Secrets Act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were charged on September 3 2018 and sentenced to seven years in prison. The journalists were released under a presidential amnesty for 6,520 prisoners. Mass amnesties take place annually around the new year in Myanmar. “I’m really happy and excited to see my family and my colleagues. I can’t wait to go to my newsroom,” Lone told reporters. Their conviction was seen as an attack on press freedom and raised questions about...

UN Security Council extends mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)

The United Nations Security council, last week, extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), reiterating the right of the Sahrawi people to self determination. The resolution extending the MINURSO mandate until 31 October 2019 was passed with 13 votes in favour with 2 abstentions from Russia and South Africa, reports Sahara Press Service. South Africa abstained from the vote in protest of the resolution failing to mention ongoing rights abuses by Morocco against the Sahrawi people. The UN has hosted two rounds of talks in fresh attempts to...

Pope urges Bulgaria “don’t close your heart” to migrants

Pope Francis visited a refugee centre in Sofia and a Roman Catholic Church in Rakovski in Bulgaria where he advocated on behalf of migrants and refugees describing their suffering as “the cross of humanity”. The pope’s defence of migrants is a central point of his pontificate and he also hopes that his visit will heal divisions between the Eastern and Western Orthodox Churches which split in 1054. Rakovski is a majority Roman Catholic town in the overwhelming Eastern Orthodox country. The population of Roman Catholic's is less than one per cent. He plans to travel to North Macedonia for the...

Over 30,000 march through Glasgow in support of Scottish independence

Over 30,000 people marched through Glasgow on Saturday in support for Scottish independence reports The Guardian. The march was led by the ‘All Under One Banner’ movement which describes itself as “open to everyone who desires an independent Scotland” The march came after Nicola Sturgeon announced she would introduce legislation to hold a second independence referendum before the end of the year. Calls for a second independence referendum have been increasing amidst Westminster’s political deadlock on Brexit, and the Scottish people's ongoing demand to remain in the EU.

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