Criminalising solidarity for the Rojava struggle: An epitome of failure to stand up to Turkey's dictatorship and ethnic cleansing

Paul Newey and his son, Dan Newey were both charged for terrorism-related offences in a pretrial hearing last month, as the British government continues to clamp down on people involved with and in support of the Rojava revolution.

US in talks with NATO to provide military aid to Turkey despite possible war crimes

The US is currently in discussion with NATO countries to assess what military aid can be delivered to Turkey despite UN reports of possible war crimes being committed by both Turkey and Russia. Speaking to reporters, US Special Envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, stated that “Everything is on the table” but David Satterfield, U.S. ambassador to Turkey, later clarified that, should the ceasefire breakdown, they will not commit US troops to the region. UN investigators have detailed possible war crimes committed by both Turkey and Russia noting that approximately one million civilians have been...

UK calls on Myanmar to cooperate with UN and protect free speech

Speaking to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today, a UK delegate, representing the British government called on Myanmar to cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur; end the internet blackout in the Rakhine and Chin states; as well as, “reform laws to ensure they are not used to limit freedom of expression”. The internet blackouts in the provinces of Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, and Ponnagyun are among the longest in global history and have been widely condemned by human rights groups. They began in June 2019, in response to the brutal suppression of the Arakan Army, Rakhine separatists, by...

US begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

The US has started withdrawing troops from Afghanistan after signing a historic peace agreement with the Taliban. The US agreed to withdraw its troops from about 12,000 to 8,600 within 135 days of signing the agreement. US officials signed the peace agreement with Taliban representatives on February 29, aiming to bring an end to the 19 year conflict. In a statement, Col Leggett said that despite the reduction in troops, the US retains “all the military means and authorities to accomplish our objectives.” Agreement details - The US and NATO allies are expected to withdraw all troops from...

Afghanistan peace negotiations must include women and rights activists- Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon authorities negotiating an Afghanistan peace agreement to centre discussions on human rights and in particular to be inclusive of women and activists. This discussion follows a signed agreement between the Taliban and the US, on 29 February, to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban agree not to attack said troops or allies in the region. This agreement coincides with broader peace discussions with the Afghan government, other political parties in the country and Taliban leaders. These negotiations will set the future for...

Human Rights Watch demands UN keep pressure on South Sudan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the UN Human Rights Council to renew pressure on South Sudan. This follows the Human Rights most recent report on the situation in South Sudan which details continuing human rights abuses such as the forceful recruitment of children for combat as well as gender-based violence, abductions and deliberate starvation of civilian populations. Despite promises of the Unity government, there continues to be no accountability for previous human rights abuses. The government has also made little progress to have a hybrid court with the African Union operating,...

Arab party make historic gains in Israeli election

The Joint Arab List, representing Israeli Palestinians, made historic gains in Israel’s election securing 15 out of 120 seats in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, preventing Prime Minister Netanyahu from gaining a majority. The Joint Arab List has secured its position as the third-largest party in response an overtly racist campaign waged by Netanyahu’s campaign which was flagged by Facebook for hate speech. There are approximately 2 million Palestinian citizens of Israel and one in five Israeli’s are of Arab ethnicity however they have had historically low turnout however this changed on...

UN calls for ceasefire in Yemen

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has called for an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire in the region as tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee from the northern province of Al-Jawf after violent clashes. This follows the Houthi rebels capturing the provincial capital of Al-Hazm which sparked further violence in the region during a month in which both sides felt hope for a permanent de-escalation of the conflict. Griffiths told reporters that Yemen was “at a critical juncture: we will either silence the guns and resume the political process, or we will slip...

Over 20 human rights NGOs call for UN to maintain scrutiny on Nicaragua

Over 20 human rights organisation have called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt a resolution renewing a their commitment to monitor and repair on the dire situation in Nicaragua. In a statement cosigned by all of these organisations, they maintain that the Human Rights Council has played a vital role in reporting on the crimes committed during the 2018 protests, which include murder, torture and rape. This reporting is important not only in providing accountability for these crimes but also in preventing further crimes, in particular with concerns over the 2021 presidential...

ICC authorises investigation into Afghanistan war crimes

The ICC has ruled to launch an investigation examining the war crimes committed by US, Afghan and Taliban troops during the Afghanistan war, overturning a previous rejection of the inquiry. The ICC’s appeal chamber stated on Thursday, that the lower court had misinterpreted the court’s rules and maintained that the investigation should go ahead. The investigators are permitted to examine the war dating back to 2003 as well as other crimes which relate to Afghanistan. The ICC judges are also permitted to investigate CIA black sites which operated in Poland, Lithuania and Romania. They will...

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