Brazil apologises to Indigenous people for persecution during dictatorship

Brazil has issued its first-ever apology for the torture and persecution of Indigenous people during the military dictatorship, including the incarceration of victims in an infamous detention centre known as an “Indigenous concentration camp”. The apology was made on Tuesday by an amnesty commission attached to the human rights ministry that is tasked with investigating the crimes of the 1964-85 regime. he president of that commission, the law professor Eneá de Stutz e Almeida, knelt before the Indigenous leader Djanira Krenak as she voiced regret for the violence inflicted on the Krenak...

Seven aid workers killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

On Tuesday, seven people working with a humanitarian organization delivering food aid in Gaza were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit their cars which were clearly marked with the charity's logo. The airstrike on the World Central Kitchen (WCK) convoy killed a Palestinian, a Canada-US dual citizen, an Australian Citizen, a Polish citizen, and three UK citizens. “These are the heroes of WCK. These 7 beautiful souls were killed by the IDF in a strike as they were returning from a full day's mission. Their smiles, laughter, and voices are forever embedded in our memories.” - Erin Gore, CEO...

UN states Eastern DRC 'at breaking point' as humanitarian crises worsen

The UN warns of a deteriorating situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as M23 rebels continue to make gains, pushing hundreds of thousands of civilians from their homes. Heavy fighting between the DRC government forces and armed group M23 has intensified in the eastern part of the country since February, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes as the rebels make territorial gains. “One Congolese person out of four faces hunger and malnutrition,” Bintou Keita, the head of the UN’s DRC peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, told the UN Security Council this week,...

Israel warns 4 European countries against Palestinian statehood recognition

Israel told four European countries on Monday that their plan to take steps towards recognizing a Palestinian state constitutes a “prize for terrorism”. On Friday Spain joined Ireland, Malta, and Slovenia in agreeing to take the first steps toward recognizing statehood declared by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. “Recognition of a Palestinian state following the 7 October massacre send a message to Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations that murderous terror attacks on Israelis will be reciprocated with political gestures to the Palestinians...

UN Security Council passes resolution calling for immediate Gaza ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has passed a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the United States abstained from the vote. Resolution 2728 was proposed by 10 elected members of the council, 14 council members voted in favour. The resolution demands an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan, which will end in two weeks. Additionally, it called on Hamas to enact the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. The Security Council just approved a long-awaited resolution on Gaza, demanding an immediate ceasefire, and the...

India to enforce migration law that excludes Muslims

The Indian government has enacted a controversial citizenship law that has been described as discriminatory towards Muslims by critics. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), proposed by the Modi government, explicitly makes religion the basis for acquiring Indian citizenship. Under the CAA, Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Christians who entered India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan before December 2014 can fast track to Indian nationality. Muslims are excluded from the same rights. The law was originally passed in 2019, however, its implementation was delayed after...

60 migrants die in the Mediterranean Sea

Source: Flickr, July 29, 2016 While attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, about 60 migrants have died after the engine of their small dinghy broke down. On Wednesday, the dinghy was spotted by a ship belonging to the humanitarian organization, SOS Mediterranee. The humanitarian group was able to rescue 25 survivors who were showing signs of dehydration. The survivors told their rescuers they departed from Zawiya on the Libyan coast several days earlier. They had been adrift for four days without food or water. According to the survivors, the victims are believed to have died from...

Iran committed crimes against humanity during Woman, Life, Freedom protests - UN

A UN fact-finding mission (FFM) has concluded that the Iranian regime’s human rights violations during its brutal suppression of protests in 2022 amount to crimes against humanity. In November 2022, the UN Human Rights Council established an FFM two months after the Woman, Life, Freedom protests that swept the country. The protests were in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while in police custody. The FFM report states that the regime carried out widespread and sustained human rights violations specifically targetting women and girls which amount to international...

US announces sanctions against Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

On 4 March the United States sanctioned eleven Zimbabwean officials including President Emmerson Mnangagwa for their connection to corruption or serious human rights abuses. After a review of the Zimbabwe sanction programme that had been in effect since 2003, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions – targeting three companies and 11 people, including the Mnangagwa, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, and retired Brigadier-General Walter Tapfumaneyi. In a press release, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said "the United States remains deeply...

Five SAS soldiers arrested in UK on suspicion of alleged war crimes in Syria

Five members of the SAS have been arrested by British military police on suspicion of allegedly committing war crimes while on operations in Syria. The case against the five revolves around the alleged murder of a suspected jihadist in Syria who was killed on operations two years ago. Case files recommending prosecution of murder charges have been sent by service police to the Service Prosecuting Authority, the military equivalent of the CPS. It is alleged the five used excessive force in the incident, although the soldiers involved are understood to deny this, arguing they believed the dead...

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