UK urges China to allow UN ‘immediate and unfettered’ access to its detention camps

The UK has urged China to allow the United Nations ‘immediate and unfettered’ access to its detention camps in Xianjing where at least one million Uighur Muslims are being held involuntarily. The UK Foreign Office made this call in response to ‘The China Cables,’ a data leak of classified documents which found that the camps were envisioned from the start to be brainwashing detention centres. A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the Chinese government's escalating crackdown, in particular the extra-judicial detention of...

India extends ban on Assam's separatist group for 5 years

India’s federal government has extended its ban on the separatist group known as the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) which has been operating in Assam, in India's northeast for the past five years. The NDFB is a militant organisation that has been fighting for an independent Bodoland for the Bodo people, an ethnolinguistic group in the Indian state of Assam. India’s federal Home Minister has accused the group of killing 19 civilians since January 2015 and being involved in 62 violent incidents. The minister has further stated that since 2015 55 militants have been killed and 450...

Bougainvilleans begin independence vote from Papua New Guinea

Over 200,000 registered Bougainvilleans began casting their vote in a long-awaited independence from Papua New Guinea, as they gear up in hope of creating the world’s newest country. The people of the island of Bougainville, situated 1,000 miles northeast of Australia are now voting for a separate nation, breaking away from economically strained Papua New Guinea (PNG).

African Union urges UK to end “colonial administration” of Chagos Island

The African Union has urged the UK to bring an end to its “continued colonial administration” of the Chagos Islands following a ruling at the International Criminal Court against UK’s rule over the Chagos islands. The Chagos islands are in a territorial dispute between Mauritius and the UK, as the former argues that the archipelago was unlawfully taken into the territory of the UK in 1965, shortly before Mauritius gained independence three years later. In May 2019, the UN passed a non-binding resolution calling on the UK to "withdraw its colonial administration” within 6 months, which expired...

Trump defends alleged US war criminal

US President Donald J Trump has tweeted in defence of alleged war criminal and former Navy Seal Edward Gallagher. This statement follows senior defence officials statements that they would resign or be willingly fired if they were forced to keep Gallagher in his position. Gallagher stands accused of a litany of human rights violations including capturing and torturing a teenager who had joined Isis; killing a school age girl and old man from a sniper’s roost; as well as, threatening to kill any colleagues who reported him. Gallagher was later acquitted of crimes during a court martial on 2...

Myanmar's Aung Suu Kyi to contest genocide allegations

Aung Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, will lead a delegation to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to contest charges of genocide. The allegations relate to the crimes committed against the largely Muslim Rohingya people in the northern state of Rakhine in 2017. The army led a brutal crackdown which led over 730,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. In 2018 the UN has reported that this crackdown was executed with “genocidal intent” and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson. The delegation lead by Kyi will participate in public hearings from 10 to 12 December. Read...

UN approves Palestinian’s right to self-determination

The Palestinian Authority has welcomed a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly reaffirming Palestinian’s right to self-determination. This resolution was adopted during a session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly and is considered a rebuke of the US’s decision to accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In total, 165 states voted in favour of the resolution, five against, and nine abstained. Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, maintained the need for the international community to support Palestinians' right of self-determination and...

Britain speaks against illegal Israeli settlements

Britain has urged Israel to cease the expansion of settlements on the West Bank, stating that it was opposed to international law and “counterproductive”. This statement from the Foreign Office follows the defence of Israeli settlements by the United States on Monday. In their statement the Home Office stated; “The position of the UK on settlements is clear […] They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the viability of a two-state solution. We urge Israel to halt its counterproductive settlement expansion.” Read Reuter’s reporting here .

Britain attempts to cover-up torture in Afghanistan and Iraq

Leaked documents have revealed British commanders, as well as the British government, have attempted to conceal evidence that British soldiers were engaged in the murder of children and torture of civilians whilst in Iraq and Afghanistan. This information has been uncovered through a year-long investigation by The Sunday Times and the BBC Panorama programme. According to their reporting, there was evidence of “murders by an SAS soldier and deaths in custody, beatings, torture and degrading sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch”. There was further evidence of falsifying...

Award-winning Kurdish journalist released after six years incarcerated in Australia off-shore detention centre

Photograph: @BehrouzBoochani Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish journalist who gained prominence for his correspondence from Manus Island, the Papua New Guinea immigration detention centre where he was incarcerated by Australia, has been released after six years, upon being granted asylum by New Zealand. Earlier this year Boochani won one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards for his book No Friend But the Mountains which was composed one text message a time from Manus Island. A Sri Lankan guy is close to deportation. They took him into custody 2 days ago & to POM yesterday. So...

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