Rwandan government report accuses France of complicity in genocide

A new report commissioned by the Rwandan government accuses France of being complicit in the 1994 genocide, which saw more than 800,000 people killed. The Muse Report, written by US law firm Cunningham Levy Muse, was commissioned by the Rwandan government to explore France’s role in the massacres. Published this week, the report states that French officials attempted “to conceal their own role in the genocide and to undermine attempts to prosecute genocide suspects”. The report accuses French officials of training Rwanda’s Hutu military and of preparing lists of Tutsis that were to be...

Court in Netherlands convicts man of war crimes in Ethiopia in 1970s

A court in the Netherlands on Friday convicted a man of war crimes in Ethiopia during the Marxist regime of the 1970s. The 63 year old man, Eshetu Alemu was deemed by the court to have been in charge of the Dergue regime in Gojam province. "It was in this context that he had a large group of mainly teenagers arrested, tortured and killed on the pretext of their affiliation with the EPRP, the main opposition movement in Gojam at the time," the court said in a statement. He was convicted of ordering the killing of 75 political opponents, failing to prevent the torture of 6 people, and ordering...

US calls on Myanmar to release disappeared journalists

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the “immediate release of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar. Speaking on Friday, Mr Tillerson further called for “information as to the circumstances around their disappearances.” The journalists, Wa Lone 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo 37, went missing on Tuesday after being invited to meet police officials over dinner in the northern outskirts of the city of Yangon. The journalists had been working on stories about military crackdowns in the Rakhine state, reports Reuters. The UN, UK, Sweden and Bangladesh amongst others also denounced the...

British police arrest distributors of Kurdish newspaper

Two Kurdish women and two teenagers have been arrested to be questioned about the sale and distribution of Kurdish newspaper Yeni Ozgur Politika (New Free Politics),” reports the BBC. The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign described the arrests as “an attack on freedom of expression.” The organisation added, “The paper reports on political developments in Turkey and cultural aspects of Kurdish people’s lives. It has an important role for Kurds living across Europe, as Kurdish newspapers and radio stations in Turkey have been shut down due to sustained suppression by the Turkish state. The police...

ICC prosecutor urges action over outstanding warrants by UN Security Council

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor this week urged the UN Security Council to take action over a number of outstanding arrest warrants. “I call on this Council to prioritise action on the outstanding warrants of arrest issued by the Court,” Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council in New York. "There can be no justification for States Parties to fail to arrest a suspect against whom an ICC warrant of arrest has been issued, irrespective of that person's official status," she added. Her comments came a day after the Pre-Trial Chamber II deemed that Japan had been non-compliant...

State of emergency declared in South Sudan 

More than 170 people have reportedly been killed in clashes in South Sudan, leading to President Salva Kiir declaring a state of emergency across the country. The order allows the army to use force if civilians did not lay down weapons, reports the BBC. Local MP Dharuai Mabor Teny added that more than 200 were also thought to have been injured in the latest flare-up of violence. “Right now, from both sides, we have 170 plus people who lost their lives. 342 houses have been burnt and almost 1,800 people displaced," he told Reuters. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Mr Kiir said they hoped the...

EU rebuffs Israel calls to recognise Jerusalem as capital

The European Union rejected calls by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join the US in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. During his first visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Mr Netanyahu said the US decision helped peace, “because recognising reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.” Speaking after a breakfast meeting between Mr Netanyahu and EU foreign ministers, Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said no country voiced support for the US move, adding, “I have a hard time seeing that any other country would do that and I don’t...

Nationalist parties in Corsica sweep elections with demand of more autonomy from Paris

Nationalists in Corsica have gained a majority in elections for a new regional assembly on the French Mediterranean island, reports the New York Times. The coalition of moderate and hard line nationalists won 56.5 percent of the vote to defeat President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party. The nationalist parties on Corsica, an island of 320,000 people, have called for greater autonomy from Paris. The parties rallied around issues such as amnesty for political prisoners, the recognition of Corsican as an official language and protection for locals who want to buy real estate in Corsica. In the...

UN marks Genocide Prevention Day with calls to ‘do more’

UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked Genocide Prevention Day on Saturday, with a message that the international community ”must do more” to prevent genocide from occurring, rather than reacting. “Genocide does not happen by accident ; it is deliberate, with warning signs and precursors,” said the secretary-general, in a statement to mark the day. “Often it is the culmination of years of exclusion, denial of human rights and other wrongs. Since genocide can take place in times of war and in times of peace, we must be ever-vigilant,” he added. He went on to call on member states to...

Cartier to drop Myanmar’s ‘genocide gems’

Luxury jeweller Cartier announced that it will no longer be buying gemstones from Myanmar, following a campaign to boycott the purchase of “genocide gems” over the Burmese government’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, reports The Times. The decision, announced last week, comes after a campaign to boycott Myanmar’s gem industry. Jewels from the country have been part of collections in luxury jewellery houses worldwide, costing several thousand pounds. Previous sanctions by the European Union and the USA targeted the jewel industry but have since been lifted. Following campaigners...

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