Indian riot police order farmers to vacate protest site

Indian riot police attempted to clear farmers from one of the farmer protest sites in Ghazipur by cutting off water and electricity supplies. The protesters defiantly refused to leave the site and were joined by thousands of protesters, forcing the police to back down. Ghazipur is one of the protest sites on the outskirts of Delhi, where Indian farmers have been demanding for the Indian government to repeal three agricultural laws. The laws are said to benefit private buyers over farmers, hurting the farmer's livelihoods. Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting peacefully since...

Three British Sikhs face potential extradition on alleged involvement of a 2009 murder in India

Three British Sikh men of Indian origin have been arrested by the UK police in connection with the murder of Rulda Singh, a member of the Hindu-supremacist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in India in 2009. In a series of dawn raids, Gursharanvir Singh Wahiwala and his brother Amritivir Singh aged 37 and 40 respectively were arrested in Coventry and Piara Singh Gill, 38, was arrested in Wolverhampton. Extradition warrants have been issued by the Westminster magistrates’ court against the three men on suspicions of conspiracy to murder. All three arrested have lived their whole...

UN criticises Trump after pardon of Blackwater contractors responsible for Iraqi massacre

A group of United Nations human rights experts have accused US president Donald Trump of violating international law after he pardoned four Blackwater private security contractors who were serving prison sentences for killing 14 innocent Iraqi civilians, including two children, in Baghdad in 2007. According to the US Justice Department, at around noon on 16 September 2007, several contractors opened fire indiscriminately in Nisour Square. When the shooting stopped, Iraqi authorities ruled 17 Iraqi civilians had been killed. An FBI investigation concluded there were 14 deaths, including that of two children aged 9 and 11, and said the deaths were considered unjustified under the rules of the use of deadly force.

Detroit seeks to countersue Black Lives Matter activists for 'civil conspiracy'

The city of Detroit announced last month that it is countersuing Black Lives Matter protestors after a group of organizers sued the local government in late August. After protests across the USA and around the world over the killing of George Floyd police in May, activists in Detroit sued the local government for how the police reacted to the demonstrations. Alleging that Detroit cops “repeatedly responded with violence” and asking the federal judge to bar the police from using tools of “excessive force” like chemical weapons or rubber bullets in the future. The city has now filed a countersuit in response, alleging a “civil conspiracy” and claiming the protests in

Over 100 British MPs and Lords ‘horrified’ at India’s brutal response to Indian farmer’s protest

A cross-party statement by British MPs and peers in the House of Lords has condemned the ‘brute force’ the Indian government has used in responding to ‘hundreds of thousands of peacefully protesting farmers’.

British banks loaned $60m to company with links to Myanmar's military

British banks have come under pressure from human rights groups after it was reported that more than $60 million has been lent to a company part-owned and used by the Myanmar military, as it carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. Justice for Myanmar (JFM), a campaign organisation, found that HSBC and Standard Chartered made the loans to Vietnamese telecom company Viettel – a company part owned by and used by Myanmar’s military – even as it stood accused of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. Viettel is a major investor in Mytel, a Myanmar mobile network...

Trump supporters storm Capitol building

Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from confirming the victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Lawmakers have been rushed out of the building following the breach. It came as the representatives debated a move by Republicans to overturn November’s election results.

Australian Human Rights Commission expresses 'grave concern' for immigration detainees

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has outlined “grave” concern over the government’s handling of people held in Australia’s immigration detention facilities, as it published a report looking into the immigration detention network last month. The AHRC found that people were being detained for long periods of time – “orders of magnitude greater than any comparable jurisdiction” – with limited access to communal facilities and healthcare. “The Government should act urgently to reduce the total number of people in immigration detention,” said Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner...

Palestinians excluded from Israel's vaccination drive

As Israel spearheads a massively successful vaccination drive against the coronavirus, reports reveal that the Palestinian population residing in the occupied West Bank and Hamas-ruled Gaza strip is deliberately being left out of the programme by the Israeli government. Israel has vaccinated over 10% of its 9 million population leading the entire globe in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. But, the coalition government of the right-wing Likud party and the centre-right Blue and White Party headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has prioritized inoculating Jewish Israelis over...

Australia changes anthem to "celebrate" indigenous past

In reflection of the Australia's grievous history with its Indigenous people, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the country's national anthem would be altered from January 1. Australia will no longer be referred to as “young and free” in the anthem. Instead, people will sing “one and free,” in hopes it will create a “spirit of unity” among its inhabitants and acknowledge people who have lived in Australia tens of thousands of years before colonists. Prime Minister Morrison claimed, “it recognizes the distance we have travelled as a nation. It recognizes that our national story is drawn...

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