Iraq protestors sit-in occupation of parliament continues

Iraq protestors and supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have stormed parliament and continue to occupy it, calling for early elections to be held. Thousands of followers of the influential Shia cleric stormed into Iraq's parliament on Saturday, protesting against the government formation effort led by the scleric's rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups. Iraqi security forces initially used teargas and stun grenades to try to repel the demonstrators, who are followers of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Once inside, the protesters declared an open-ended sit-in and claimed they would not...

US court finds Libyan commander liable for war crimes

A federal US judge issued a default judgement against Khalifia Haftar, finding him liable for war crimes. Judge Leonie Brinkema's judgement paves the way for families in three separate civil suits to seek monetary compensation. The families filed their lawsuits under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, a law that allows non-US citizens to seek compensation from individuals who, acting in an official capacity for any foreign nation, allegedly committed torture or extrajudicial killing. Haftar, a US citizen who had been a Virginia resident for decades, unsuccessfully tried to have the...

South Africa calls for Israel to be declared 'apartheid state'

The South African government has called for Israel to be declared an 'apartheid state', following its continued occupation of Palestinian territories. The South African government expressed concerns that Israel continued occupation of "significant portions of the West Bank" and the developments of new settlements there "are glaring examples of violations of international law". “The Palestinian narrative evokes experiences of South Africa’s own history of racial segregation and oppression,” Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation, said at the second...

Nepal's Transitional Justice Bill limits prosecutions of war crimes

The Nepali government's bill to amend its current transitional justice laws will not fully provide justice to victims or meet Nepal's obligations under international law, says human rights groups. Several Human rights organisations have called for the amendment of the proposed bill by the Nepali government. Successive Nepali governments have stalled the transitional justice process since 2015 , when Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled that the current law fails to meet Nepal’s domestic and international legal obligations on several grounds, including that it empowers the two transitional justice...

Pope's apology over abuse at Church schools in Canada falls short

Pope Francis apologised and asked for forgiveness from survivors of Canada's church-run schools, with commentators noting it did not go far enough to address historic abuses. During his tour of Canada, touted as his "pilgrimage of penance" the widely anticipated apology was received during a visit to the community of Maskwacis, Alberta. “ I am sorry. I ask for forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the church and of religious communities cooperated, not least through their indifference, in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the...

Myanmar junta executes four democracy activists

Kyaw Min Yu (L) Phyo Zeya Thaw (R) Myanmar's military junta execution of four democracy activists,has drawn widespread condemnation, marking the country's first execution in decades. The four activists were sentenceto death in secretive trials held in Januaray and April, the men were accused of helping a civilian resistance movement that has fought the military since last years coup and bloody crackdown on nationwide protests. Among those executed were democracy campaigner Kyaw Min Yu, better known as Jimmy, and former lawmaker and hip-hop artist Phyo Zeya Thaw, an ally of ousted leader Aung...

UN court rejects Myanmar's efforts to obstruct Genocide case over Rohingya atrocities

The international court of justice has rejected Myanmar’s attempts to obstruct a case raised by Gambia, alleging the country of “[...] mass murder, rape, and destruction of communities in Rakhine state.”

Iraq accuses Turkey of deadly attack on tourists near Kurdish City

Nine tourists were killed following a shelling attack on a water park near the Kurdish City of Zakho with the Iraqi government holding Turkey responsible. The Iraqi government has accused Turkish forces of an attack on its citizens in a resort near the Kurdish city of Zakho (Southern Kurdistan). Turkey denied it had launched strikes against civilians and instead claimed that the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), was responsible. Iraq’s prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, received some of the bodies at Baghdad airport as anger mounted in the Iraqi capital and in Karbala, the Shia shrine city in...

Myanmar soldiers admit human rights abuses

Soldiers in the Myanmar military have admitted to carrying out atrocities involving rape, torture and massacres of civilians, in interviews given to the BBC. The testimony of 6 soldiers including a corporal, who have recently defected and are under the protection of the People's Defence Force (PDF), gives an insight into the military crackdown on those fighting to restore democracy. Last year the military seized power from the democratically elected government led by Aung San Su Kyi in a coup, and is set on crushing the armed civilian uprising. The soldiers admitted to burning houses,...

Japan’s former leader assassinated in broad daylight

The former prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was shot dead whilst giving a speech in the city of Nara earlier this morning. A 41-year-old man was arrested by Japan’s security services at the scene of the murder, where Abe was delivering a speech. Video footage at the time shows gunshots being fired and the suspect apprehended with what appears to be a home-made gun. According to local reports, several possible explosive devices have since been recovered from the suspect’s home, who is said to be a former member of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force. See more live coverage from the BBC here...

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