Tens of thousands march in Madrid for Catalan independence

Tens of thousands of Catalan independence supporters marched through Madrid on Saturday amid a heavy police presence, to support 12 politicians and activists standing trial for staging a banned referendum in 2017.

US bars entry to ICC personnel investigating war crimes

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has stated the US will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel involved in the investigation of possible war crimes committed by US forces and its allies in Afghanistan, and warned the move may go further.

Leaders worldwide condemn New Zealand mosque massacre

Political leaders from across the world have sent their condolences and condemned a mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday that has left at least 49 people dead.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s president pardons 700 political prisoners

​ President Felix Tshisekedi has pardoned around 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor, fulfilling a promise he made in his first 100 days in office.

UN says DR Congo killings could amount to crimes against humanity

The UN has verified the deaths of 530 Banunu civilians who were slain by Batende villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December, in an attack that was carried out over three days in four villages in the west of the country, stating that it may amount to crimes against humanity. The initial UN report states that several villagers were beheaded and many were killed as they attempted to flee across a river. The death toll is likely to be higher than indicated, however, as investigators only reached three out of four villages attacked and bodies were believed to have been thrown into...

New IRA claims responsibility for UK letter bombs

A militant organisation based in West Belfast has claimed responsibility for recent letter bombs sent to buildings in London and the University of Glasgow. British police have reported the group claimed to be operating on behalf of the IRA. The incident comes as the Brexit debate on the Irish backstop has fuelled calls for Irish reunification. Last month Sinn Féin said a no-deal Brexit would inevitably lead to a vote on the independence of Northern Ireland from the UK and the reunification of Ireland. “In the event, there is a no-deal Brexit then the Irish question looms very large because if...

Advances in UN prosecution of Syrian war criminals

There has been some progression is charging perpetrators of war crimes in Syria, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) told reporters this week.

Resignation calls continue for Northern Ireland Secretary

Calls for the current Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, to resign have continued today following her remarks this week stating that killings by British soldiers during the Troubles were not a real crime, but were the actions of people “fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way”.

US sanctions Venezuelan officials for obstructing humanitarian aid

The US State Department has imposed sanctions on six security officials within Nichola Maduro’s government who were associated with obstructing “the entry of international aid” and threatening “violence against those who attempted to deliver this assistance”. The State Department further maintained its support for Juan Guaido, the partially recognised interim president of Venezuela. Maduro's supporters have condemned US offer of humanitarian aid however, as a cover for regime change.

US maintains PKK’s Toreign Terrorist Organisation designation

The US State Department this month issued a statement maintaining the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK’s) designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). "Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that the PKK remains a terrorist organization. In addition to its continued status as an FTO, the PKK has also been designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 since 2001," the State Department said in its statement. The PKK is a Kurdish separatist organisation based in Turkey where it has conducted attacks. Turkey's president...