German police detain Bosnian man over alleged war crimes in 1990s

Police in Bavaria, Germany on Thursday detained a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. The man was detained at Munish airport following an arrest warrant issued by Interpol, reports Sputnik. He is alleged to have involved in acts of torture and executions of civilians. Read more here .

Ukraine swaps over 300 prisoners with separatists

The Ukrainian government and separatists reportedly backed by Russia have carried out the largest prisoners swap to date, since violence erupted in the region in 2014. Ukraine handed over 246 prisoners that it had in its custody in exchange for 74 prisoners who were being held by separatist forces. The prisoner swap is the largest to date, since the signing of the 2015 Minsk peace agreement. Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said the swap "is an important step in the implementation of the Minsk agreements” and called for further steps to be taken. Both sides hailed the swap, with the...

Bosnian court sentences former fighter over war crimes

A former fighter, Azra Bašić was found guilty by a Bosnian court of committing war crimes during the 1990s Balkan war. Ms Bašić who is 58 years old was sentenced to 14 years in prison. She was found guilty of atrocities including the murder of a detainee who she stabbed in the neck and torture. Known as "the mistress of life and death", Ms Bašić was said by the judge to have exhibited "particular cruelty" towards detained ethnic Serbs.

South Korea and Japan clash over reparations for sex slaves

The governments of South Korea and Japan have clashed over a 2015 reparations agreement on the use of wartime sex slaves by Japan. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the deal on the enforced sex slaves – or ‘comfort women’ as they have been termed – was “seriously flawed”. Tens of thousands of Korean women and girls were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during the Second World War. Mr Moon’s remarks come after a panel set up by South Korea found the 2015 deal failed to meet victims’ needs. “This runs afoul of the established universal principle of the international community...

German investigators uncover nine new cases of Nazi war crimes

Investigators in Germany have handed over nine new cases of war crimes committed by Nazis during World War Two to authorities, for possible prosecution of the perpetrators. Die Tageszeitung reported this week that the cases all involved guards at concentration camps run by the Nazis at Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Buchenwald and Ravensbrueck. All of the accused are in their early to mid-90s, reports the AP. Several Nazi war criminals have been successfully prosecuted in recent years.

EU launches disciplinary action against Poland over judicial reforms

The European Union has launched disciplinary action against Poland over a series of judicial reforms that it claims threatens the rule of law. A series of 13 new laws introduced by the Polish government have allowed it to "interfere significantly" in the judiciary says the EU. Vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, told reporters that the new laws” put in serious risk the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers”. “Judicial reforms in Poland mean that the country’s judiciary is now under the political control of the ruling majority,” he added. “In the...

US vetoes US Security council resolution calling for reversal of Jerusalem foreign policy decision

The UN Security Council voted 14-1 in favour of a resolution calling on the US to rescind its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution, which was vetoed by the US, stated “any decisions and action which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.” British Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft said, “The status of Jerusalem should be determined through a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and should ultimately be...

Cyril Ramaphosa elected leader of South Africa’s ANC

South Africa’s African National Congress announced that Cyril Ramaphosa, has been elected leader of the party The 65 year old veteran ANC activist ran on an anti-corruption platform against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of current leader Jacob Zuma. He won by a margin of just 179 votes out of the more than 4,700 total ballots cast on Monday. Mr Zuma had been leader of the party since 2007. The move sees Mr Ramaphosa likely to become South Africa’s next president, as the country gears towards elections scheduled for 2019. As Deputy President of the ANC, Mr Ramaphosa was appointed...

Genocide prosecutions cannot be ruled out in Myanmar says UN Rights Chief

The United Nations Human Rights Chief said future prosecutions for genocide could not be ruled out in assessing the mass atrocities in Myanmar. The rights chief criticised Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's inaction on the situation and refusal to use the term “Rohingya,” adding “to strip their name from them is dehumanising to the point where you begin to believe anything is possible.” Speaking to the BBC Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, said, “The elements suggest you cannot rule out the possibility that acts of genocide have been committed. It’s very hard to establish the thresholds are high. But it...

Former UN general slams inaction over ‘very deliberate Rohingya genocide’

The former commander of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide warned that the same crime is taking place in Myanmar, and called on the international community to intervene. "You’re into the mist of a very slow moving and very deliberate genocide,” Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire told Sky News. “There is no doubt in my military mind that the way they’re operating, the way they’re conducting, the way they’re using their forces. The way the government is camouflaging it… They want to wipe them out and they’ve said that’s what they operating to do”. The...

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