Protests erupt in Kashmir after shooting of fighters

Twelve Kashmiri fighters have been killed in gun battles with Indian army officers in the disputed Himalayan region, as violence in the region continues to escalate. Clashes have taken place between locals and Indian army soldiers after soldiers descended on a funeral in the neighbouring village, which was being held for 5 of the fighters who were killed in Shopian. Soldiers fired at residents who threw stones during the funeral. One person was killed and two wounded. The Indian government has responded to protests with the firing warning shots, shotgun pellets, and tear gas. Channel News...

KRG Prime Minster commemorates Yazidi genocide

The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) marked four years since the assault on the Yazidi people by the Islamic State (IS), labelling it “one of the most barbaric genocides of the 21srt Century”. "Today is the anniversary of another genocide committed against the Yezidis by the Daesh terrorist organization,” said Nechirvan Barzani. “This genocide entered the history of the people of Kurdistan and humanity as one of the most barbaric genocides of the 21st century.” The KRG says that on the first day of the IS attack alone, approximately 1,193 Yazidis were killed. "These...

Canadian Museum for Human Rights to remove image of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced that it will be removing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi from a display, over her government’s treatment of the Rohingya Muslims. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been displaced and thousands killed after Myanmar launched a massive military offensive last year. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said the crisis was a form of “ethnic cleansing”, whilst other leading academics have called it a genocide. "She's not a human rights icon,” said Anwar Arkani, president of the Rohingya Association of Canada. “Why is she there?...

Egyptian poet jailed accused of mocking security forces

An Egyptian poet, Galal El Behairy, was sentenced to thee years in jail and a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds on Tuesday, for “insulting the military establishment”. Mr Behairy was initially arrested on March 3, after the release of the song Balaha, which is allegedly to have mocked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and appeared on Egyptian media. During his first court appearance on May 6, he showed signs of torture and beating. A panel of UN human rights experts have expressed concern over the sentences. “We are very worried at the reported criminalisation of the legitimate exercise of artistic...

US announces sanctions on Turkey over detention of pastor

The United States announced sanctions on Turkey's ministers of justice and interior over the detention of an American pastor Andrew Bunson. Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, who the US government state played “leading roles” in the arrest of Mr Bunson, have been hit by US Treasury sanctions. "We believe he's a victim of unfair and unjust detention," said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders of Mr Bunson. Turkey accuses the pastor of having links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Gulenist movement and faces up to 35 years...

Serbia arrests former Bosnian soldier over war crimes

Serbian police announced that they have arrested a former Bosnian military commander, over alleged war crimes committed against Serb civilians in Sarajevo. The Bosnian embassy in Belgrade reported that the former soldier was arrested on a Serbian warrant. The arrest comes as the Humanitarian Law Centre said this week that the Serbian government is stalling on prosecuting war crimes and seems to have set a strategy of “waiting for time to do its work”.

Former DRC Vice-President returns after war crimes conviction overruled

Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, returned to the country on Wednesday after being acquitted of war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court. Mr Bemba was initially convicted by the court in 2016, after being found guilty of crimes committed in the Central African Republic from 2002 to 2003, including failing to prevent his troops from committing murder and rape. He was arrested in Brussels in 2008 and eventually handed an 18 year sentence. Earlier this year, the conviction was overturned on appeal, with a judge ruling that he could...

US court hears case on reparations for Germany's genocide in Namibia

A US Court has heard the first oral argumentation between representatives of Namibian tribes and representatives of the German government in a case concerning reparations for Germany’s colonial genocide of Namibians between 1904 and 1908. Around 100,000 Ovaherero and Nama people are estimated to have been killed in those four years as a result of a mass-extermination policy initiated by German colonial troops in South West Africa, currently known as Namibia, when the territory was a German colony. "All we are asking for is restorative justice for the genocide," said Ngondi Kamatuka, a...

Vote rolls released ahead of New Caledonia independence referendum

The provisional voting rolls for New Caledonia's referendum on independence from France, which is set to take place on November 4 this year, have been published across town halls. The voting registration has been restricted to only long-term residents of the Pacific archipelago, which at present remains a French overseas territory. The referendum follows a 20 year agreement signed in 1998 which gave the region greater autonomy but also made provisions for a referendum on independence to be held by the end of this year. Pro-independence activists, largely from within the indigenous Kanak...

KRG and Iraqi govt agree on reopening of Kirkuk-Erbil road

Over nine months after the Kirkuk-Erbil road was closed following the Iraqi military take-over of Kirkuk, the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have reached an agreement on its re-opening, Kurdistan 24 reports. The Kirkuk governor made a statement announcing the opening of the road on Sunday and added that the re-opening would be dependent on the establishment of a customs checkpoint. The road has been closed since October last year when the Iraqi military and Shia militias launched a take-over of Kirkuk province. Read more here .

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