Britain criticises China’s human rights record

Tensions between the UK and China rise after UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, criticised China over “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang and recent crackdowns on protests in Hong Kong.

Man sets himself on fire to protest Swiss asylum conditions

A protester set himself on fire on Monday in front of Switzerland’s parliament building, to protest conditions in Bern’s asylum centres.

Floods in Assam and Nepal displace nearly 4 Million people, with at least 189 dead

Floods in Nepal in 2019 As many as four million people in the Indian state of Assam and neighbouring Nepal have been displaced by severe flooding and at least 189 people have been killed. Heavy rainfall over the past week caused riverbeds to burst, triggering mudslides and pushing at least 27,000 people into relief camps. The floods have further submerged cropland and villages. Assam water resources Minister Keshab Mahanta told Reuters “The flood situation remains critical with most of the rivers flowing menacingly above the danger mark.” The floods have affected people in 25 of Assam’s 33...

Oregon mayor demands removal of federal troops after arrests in unmarked vans

The mayor of Portland was one of several voices who demanded US President Donald Trump removed federal agents from the city, after videos emerged of camouflaged federal law enforcement officers detaining protestors in unmarked vans, seemingly without cause. Personal accounts and videos circulating on social media show protesters being taken away in these vans to federal courthouses, with a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) detailing several accounts of protestors being detained without reason or explanation. Many, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, see this as an attempt by the...

Bulgaria enters 10th day of anti-corruption protests

Thousands of Bulgarians continue to gather in the capital, Sofia, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, upon allegations of high-level corruption.

Thai protesters demand government resignation

Thousands in Thailand joined in a student-led protest pushing for the government’s resignation, defying a government ban on large gatherings due to Covid-19 concerns. This demonstration, with an estimated total of 2,500 protestors gathered on Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, has become one of the largest street demonstrations since a 2014 military coup.

Ex-Catalan leader defends Kashmir’s right to self-determination

Former Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, defended Kashmiris’ to self-determination during the 15 th EU-India Summit and accused Europe of holding a “double standard”. Puigdemont, who is also a member of the European Parliament, told The News that human rights could not be defined without the fundamental principles of a right to self-determination. He maintains that democracy forms the basis of human rights and that this was a cornerstone of self-determination. The Catalan leader, who is currently living in exile in Belgium due to his role in Catalan’s failed independence referendum,...

China responds to US condemnation of security laws by accusing them of ‘gangster logic’

Responding to the United State’s condemnation of China’s new security laws, China has condemned the “gangster logic” of US President Donald J Trump. Beijing’s Liaison Office stated on the matter: “Unreasonable meddling and shameless threats by the United States are typical gangster logic and bullying behaviour,” They further warned that any move to end Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law, as Trump had ordered, would threaten US interests whilst having limited impact on Hong Kong. The US has responded to the situation in China by imposing a new set of sanctions on the country. Similarly...

Israel creates list to protect those who could be accused of war crimes ​

Israel is reported to have compiled a classified list of officials who could possibly be charged with war crimes in Palestine by the International Criminal Court. The list has been described by the Israeli daily Haaretz as containing the names of 200 to 300 officials from the military and intelligence services, also including Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister, Benny Gantz. The government has warned the enlisted officials not to travel in fear of arrest. ICC’s investigation into war crimes This comes after the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda’s, request to launch a...

Iran cracks down on anti-government protesters responding to Supreme Court decision

Following a call by Iran’s Supreme Court to uphold the death sentence for three anti-government protesters, Iran’s security forces have cracked down on dissidents gathered in Behbahan. Iran’s Supreme Court has since stated that they may halt the executions and in effect reverse, the decision reached on Tuesday due to the international outcry. However, the security forces have been seen to use tear gas to disperse protesters on Thursday and have arrested activists in Behbahan. The police further imposed a heavy presence in key cities such as Tehran and Isfahan. Iran’s security forces have also...