Senior UK MP calls to end the sale of riot gear to the US

UK Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Emily Thornberry, has called for a suspension of sales of riot control equipment to the US following police crackdowns on Black Lives Matters protesters. In a letter addressed to the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, Thornberry stressed: “We cannot be a party to the violence of the American President against his own people”. In her letter, she further stated, “our historic alliance with the United States is no reason to shirk that responsibility now”. According to the UK Government’s Strategic Export...

George Floyd murder reignites Adama Traoré anger: Over 20,000 in France defy ban for anti-racism protests

Around 20,000 people joined protests in France yesterday over the death of a black man in police custody in 2016, that has been likened to the killing of George Floyd in the USA. Despite police orders not to demonstrate due to coronavirus restrictions, protestors assembled to demand justice for Adama Traore, 24, who died in a police station.

Trump threatens to send in army as Black Lives Matter protests continue

US President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military to in response to ongoing protests across the country, which he has termed “acts of domestic terror”. Trump warned that if cities or states failed to "defend their residents" he would deploy the army and "quickly solve the problem for them,” adding that police and law enforcement would “dominate the streets”. His statement came shortly before police officers used flash grenades and tear gas to disperse a crowd so that Trump could pose in front a church, holding a Bible - a move that was swiftly criticised by Bishop Mariann Edgar...

UN Human Rights Chief leads calls among politicians condemning George Floyd murder

Following the murder of George Floyd, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, headed calls from several politicians and organisations condemning the killing of a black man by police officials. “This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public,” Bachelet said . “I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police -- as well as people such as Ahmaud...

Young woman hospitalised among George Floyd protestors victim to violent police brutality

With thousands taking to the streets across cities of the USA to protest against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd, state police forces are responding to protestors with violence and “military-style” tactics, during which a 20-year-old women was thrown forcefully to the ground and hospitalised .

Bus drivers show solidarity for George Floyd protestors by refusing to transport them to jail

In the wake of growing tensions between police and protestors following the murder of George Floyd, bus drivers in Minneapolis and New York have shown their support for arrested protestors, by refusing to drive them to jail.

Trump ends support for the World Health Organisation

US President, Donald Trump, has announced that he will cut funding for the World Health Organisation and redirect these funds into other organisations. This order follows allegations raised by Trump that the WHO did not act appropriately in responding to the coronavirus. In a statement to the media, Trump claimed that China had “total control of the organisation”. The US is reported to also be taking measures to sanction Hong Kong officials responsible for the erosion of the region’s sovereignty. The US is the largest contributor to the World Health Organisation, contributing $450 million...

Rwanda court sentences former Mayor to life for involvement in 1994 genocide

Former Rwandan mayor and politician, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of over 25,000 people in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, yesterday. 58-year-old Ntaganzwa, who served as the mayor of Nyakizu in southern Rwanda, was today “sentenced to life imprisonment over genocide crimes committed during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994,” according to court spokesman, Harrison Mutabazi. The ruling was made via a video conference and Ntaganzwa and his lawyers were able to follow it via Skype at Mpanga prison in Southern Rwanda. In response to the verdict,...

Refugee International accuses Myanmar of genocide

Myanmar has been accused of genocide against the Rohingya people by the humanitarian organisation Refugees International which has called on UN Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This follows an order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for Myanmar to take “all measures within its power” to prevent crimes of genocide against the Rohingya. Whilst the ICC has launched an investigation into crimes against the Rohingya people; this investigation is limited to crimes within Bangladesh, an ICC member country. Refugee International has called for...

Hong Kong cracks down on protests against national security laws

Hong Kong Security forces cracked down on protesters who opposed a new draconian national security law which threatens dissidents and Hong Kong independence activists. During the protests, police fired tear gas and pepper spray on thousands who had taken to the streets, despite the lockdown measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Over 180 people were arrested during protests on Sunday. Responses from state officials Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong's sole delegate to China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, maintains that the bill will pass through into legislation...

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