Libyan government fails to comply with ICC’s procedure on war crime prosecution

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), stated that the Libyan government has yet to arrest and surrender Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli – a Major in the Libyan National Army who was charged with committing war crimes. “ICC suspects who are indicted with charges of grave crimes under the Rome Statute cannot be sheltered or given refuge. They must be apprehended and face justice before the Court so that their guilt or innocence can be established,” stated Bensouda in her brief to the UN Security Council. Al-Werfalli is suspected of killing 33 Libyans. A UN news...

Sweden reiterates support for Kurdish Peshmerga

Sweden’s Défense Minister Peter Hultqvist on Wednesday reiterated his government’s commitment to training and supporting Kurdish Peshmerga forces, reports Kurdistan24.net. “We have a training mission in Iraq – in Erbil. We have worked there together with the Peshmerga for a long time. We have a good experience of that and we thing its very important for Sweden to be a partner in the coalition against Da’esh. There is no change in our support to the mission. That’s the bottom line for the Kurdish people. We’re here to help.” The Peshmerga, known for their devout commitment to the Kurdish...

Former Catalan President renounces leadership from exile

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont announced his decision to renounce leadership of Catalonia on Wednesday. Speaking from hi self-exile in Berlin, Mr Puigdemont, pointed to Catalan lawmaker Quim Torra as a strong candidate to take on the role of regional president. “The intolerance and the lack of respect of the state towards the will of the citizens of Catalonia have appeared clearly in the eyes of the world. I personally understand the effort and sacrifice of taking office in such extreme circumstances. I hope he assumes responsibility in the coming days and that he forms a government...

Increased suffering of children in Gaza – UNICEF

UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa stated that the escalating violence in Gaza is exacerbating child suffering. According to UNICEF, five children were killed and hundreds injured during peaceful protests along the Israeli border. In addition, many children exhibit signs of distress and trauma. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, ordered the Israeli Security Forces to stop the use of "lethal force against unarmed demonstrators." In addition, electricity cuts and fuel shortages in Gaza have further deepened concerns – as nine out of 10...

US State department condemns Turkey's prevention of Kurdish resettlement

The US Statement Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert strongly criticised Turkish forces for preventing Kurdish displaced Kurdish residents in Syria’s Afrin region from returning to their homes. Answering questions on Thursday the US Sate Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, said, “We’ve been watching the situation very carefully in Afrin. 140,000 people have been displaced from Afrin and as far as we can tell, they are not being allowed back into their homes.” Ms Nauert added, “We have expressed grave concern about it, and it remains a concern of ours. We call on all relevant actors...

UK Shadow Foreign Secretary calls for British recognition of Palestine on visit to Ramallah

The British Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry attended the Palestninian National Council summit in Rammallah this week, to reiterate the Labour party’s support for the state of Palestine. In a statement posted on facebook, Ms Thornberry said, “First, as we rightly mark this month the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel, I said it is also right — and long overdue — for the United Kingdom to formally recognise the State of Palestine, and urge other countries to do the same, not in due course, not when the time is right, but now and without delay.” Ms Thornberry...

Basque conflict with Spain does not end with ETA say militants in disbandment message

The Basque separatist militant group ETA formally announced its disbanding in Spanish papers on Wednesday reports Politico. In a letter pu blished by the El Diario newspaper, ETA said “ETA has completely dissolved all its structures and has terminated its political initiative.” It further added that the Basque conflict with Spain “did not being with the ETA and does not end with the end of ETA’s journey.” In its early years, the ETA fought against the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and won substantial autonomous powers to the Basque region when democracy was introduced in the 1978...

Palestinian Authority signs $2.8 million deal with Norway to strengthen statistics bureau

The Palestinian Authority and Norway signed an agreement worth $2.71 million to support the Palestinian statistical program of the Palestininan Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) for the period of 2018-2020, reports the International Middle East Media Center. The agreement will see Norway provide financial and technical assistance to build the capacity of the Palestinian institution responsible for collating and producing statistics about the Palestinian state. The signing of this agreement, which will be allocated to funding of core statistical projects of the PCBS program, affirms the...

Dominican Republic cuts ties with Taiwan to deepen relations with Beijing

The Dominican Republic in a change in foreign policy cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan to establish exclusive ties with China, reports the BBC. In a statement made after the decision, the Dominican Republic said it ”recognises that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory.” The administration added that the decision would be “extraordinarily positive for the future of our country.” Responding to the decision, Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph WU said his ministry “strongly condemns China’s objectionable decision to use dollar diplomacy to...

Former Liberian warlord jailed in USA over asylum lies on war crimes

Mohammed Jabbateh, a former leader of a rebel faction in Liberia, has been sentenced to 30 years in a US prison after he was found to have lied in his asylum application over his role in committing potential war crimes during the Liberian civil war. Mr Jabbateh, nicknamed ‘Jungle Jabbah’, has lived in Pennsylvania for the last 20 years. He was found guilty on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury and sentenced this week. He had arrived in the country in 1998 and applied for asylum as the armed conflict in Liberia ended. However, he was found to have lied about...

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