Israel considers bill against photographing IDF soldiers

Israel’s parliament last week considered a bill entitled "Prohibition against photographing and documenting IDF Soldiers” which sought to criminalise photographing Israel Defense Force soldiers on duty. The bill was proposed by Robert Ilatov, chairman of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party. It entails that any “who filmed, photographed, and/or recorded soldiers in the course of their duties, with the intention of undermining the spirit of IDF soldiers and residents of Israel, shall be liable to five years imprisonment”. This has received sharp criticism from within Israel and from...

Cameroon authorities arrest seven Anglophone activists

On Friday a military court in Cameroon found seven activists guilty of “acts of terrorism, hospitality against the homeland, secession, revolution and insurrection” and could be jailed for 15 years. This follows the governments attempt to repress “a budding Anglophone secessionist movement” which is lead primarily by the North West and South West regions, reports Reuters. Reuters and Al Jazeera reports that tensions arose in 2016 when a peaceful protest transformed into an armed conflict that was subsequently followed by a violent crackdown by government forces in 2017. As a consequence tens...

Rohingya militants accused of massacring Hindus

Amnesty International has stated that the Rohingya armed group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is responsible for at least one, and possible a second, massacre of up to 99 Hindus – an accusation that the militants vehemently deny. In their findings the group notes an attack carried out by ARSA on the 25th August 2017 in the village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik where they “robbed, bound and blindfolded” 53 Hindus and dragged them to the outskirts of the village. They are then accused of separating the men from the women and children and executing the villagers, “starting with the men”. On...

Amnesty International documents alleged war crimes by Nigeria’s military

Amnesty International issued a report on Thursday, detailing alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) as they battle against Boko Haram. In their report, entitled “They betrayed us” , they detail the military’s illegal detention of civilians from recaptured areas in the north-east; indiscriminate killings as they burnt down homes; sexual violence and forced prostitution; and insufficient food, water and health care within displacement camps. “Instead of receiving protection from the authorities, women and girls have...

Palestine submits referral to ICC to investigate crimes committed by Israel

On Tuesday Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki met with Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, at The Hague and called for a formal referral stating Israel had violated international law. The Palestinian Authority stated it believes the ICC “is the competent authority to investigate the ongoing Israeli crimes associated with the illegal colonial settlement regime and to prosecute those criminals who commit such crimes”. Mr Al-Malki said that " this referral is Palestine's test to the international mechanism of accountability and respect for...

Portuguese parliament approves motion supporting Sahrawi self-determination

Portuguese parliament approved a motion in support of Sahrawi independence and self-determination last week, reports the Sahara Press Service. During a plenary session on 11 May Portuguese Members of parliament supported a motion calling on the government to promote actions to achieve the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination, as part of finding a lasting solution to the conflict that ended Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara and ongoing rights abuses.

Venezuela expels US diplomat, EU warns of further action over illegitimate election

Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of a top US diplomat in Venezuela over a new-round of sanction places on Venezuela due to it’s highly criticised elections. The United States alongside other nations did not recognise the results of Sunday’s vote. The EU in a statement released today criticised the conduct of the elections, adding that they would take further action in response. “Presidential and regional polls went ahead without a national agreement on an electoral calendar and without complying with the minimum international standards for a credible process. The EU...

Thai PM reiterates no vote until 'early 2019' as protests continue

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha stated on Tuesday that a general election will take place in “early 2019 and no sooner” despite protests in Bangkok demanding a vote be held in November. Protests against military rule have taken place intermittently in Bangkok since the start of the year with many growing increasingly frustrated with the governments frequent delaying of the general election. Elections were first tentatively set for 2015 but now have reached the latest date of February 2019. There are fears that this date could be pushed back again. These protests persist despite the PM’s...

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemns Nicaraguan repression of protestors

On Monday the IACHR criticised the Nicaraguan crack-down on protestors finding in a preliminary report that since April 18, at least 76 people have been killed, and 868 injured. Protests initially began late last month in response to a new law that raised worker and employer social security contribution while cutting benefits. Yet, the latest wave of protests follows claims by the protestors that the government breached a two-day truce agreed during Church-Mediated peace talks. In their report they have gathered “documentary and audiovisual evidence, and heard hundreds of testimonies that...

US Secretary of State threatens Iran with ‘strongest sanctions in history’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced in a speech that the United States would impose heavy sanctions upon Iran if it failed to meet a 12 point list of demands. The speech follows the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Mr Pompeo stated that these demands were a “basic requirement”. They are listed below: • Declare to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear programme and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity. • Stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing...

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