Netanyahu accuses ICC of anti-semitism over war crimes investigations

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of anti-semitism following the announcement of the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, that she would launch a full investigation into war crimes committed in Palestinian controlled land. The investigation would examine war crimes committed in the West Bank and will include the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Speaking on the announcement, Netanyahu described the move as “pure anti-semitism”. He further stated; “New edicts are being cast against the Jewish people - anti-Semitic edicts by the...

Death toll hits 23 as citizenship law protests continue to rock India

Nine more people died in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday as Indian police clashed with thousands of protestors opposing the disputed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The latest deaths, which included an eight-year-old boy, have taken the nationwide death toll to 23, with dozens injured, as unrest over the CAA continue for a second week. The eight-year-old boy had died as a result of a stampede when police forces attempted to quell protestors. The law, which will grant citizenship to persecuted immigrants of six non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh,...

US restricts visas of Iranian officials for crackdown on protesters

The United States announced yesterday that it will restrict visas for Iranian officials who were responsible for repressing peaceful protests. “We’re restricting visas for current or former Iranian officials and individuals responsible for, or complicit in, the abuse, detention or killing of peaceful protesters or for inhibiting their rights to freedom of expression or assembly,” US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said. Protests in Iran sparked on November 15 when the government raised fuel prices. Protesters have been demanding that clerical leaders step down. 304 people have been killed...

Trump administration refuses to support recognition of Armenian genocide

Donald Trump’s administration has rejected a US Senate resolution formally recognising the mass killings of Armenians between 1915-1923 as genocide, despite a unanimous vote by US lawmakers acknowledging it as such. Before the resolution was passed, the Trump administration requested Republican senators to block the passage several times on the basis that it would jeopardise negotiations and relationships with Turkey. However, in a statement given on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus insisted that the US position on the matter did not change. "The position of the...

Baloch activists demand return of disappeared students

Baloch activists on Monday took to Twitter to campaign for the return of two disappeared students, abducted over sixth months earlier allegedly by Pakistani intelligence forces. The two students Feroz Baloch and Jamil Baloch were reportedly made to disembark from a passenger bus by plain-clothes intelligence officers in May 2019. A Twitter campaign initiated by the sister of Feroz Baloch saw thousands of users posting under the hashtag #RecoverFerozAndJamil, causing the campaign to trend in Pakistan. Activists say Baloch students are regular targets for abduction and enforced disappearances...

Over 20 killed during air strikes in Syria

Airstrikes in Idlib, in northwest Syria, conducted by the Russian government have resulted in the deaths of at least 22 civilians including many children. The airstrikes have caused a mass exodus as civilians are fleeing towards internally displaced people (IDP) camps set up near the Turkish border. "The sound of barrel bombs has not stopped all day," said a White Helmets volunteer. "Bombardment was targeting civilians fleeing from towns and villages near the main highway... This is a vicious and systematic bombing camping to force people out of the northern region." The Syrian war has...

Pakistan's former President Musharraf sentenced to death

The former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death by Pakistani courts today, accused of committing treason. He came to international prominence when he seized power in a 1999 coup and was head of state from 2001 to 2008. The sentence is in relation to his 2007 suspension of the constitution, as he stated that the country was in a state of emergency. This is a first for Pakistan. The former president is currently residing in Dubai and the penalty is therefore unlikely to be carried out. See more from BBC News here

UN human rights office calls new citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’

The UN human rights office has called India’s new citizenship law ‘fundamentally discriminatory’ as it excludes citizenship for certain religious minorities. In a tweet , the UN human rights office wrote: “India: We are concerned that the new Citizenship Amendment Act is fundamentally discriminatory in nature. Goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcomed, but new law does not extend protection to Muslims, including minority sects.” The heavily disputed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which was passed last Wednesday, will grant citizenship to persecuted immigrants of six non-Muslim...

UK to introduce anti-BDS bill

After gaining a landmark majority of in the UK general election, the Conservative government is to introduce an anti-BDS (Boycott Divest and Sanction) bill which would make it illegal for any public body to work with organisations that boycott, divest or sanction Israel in any way. UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Erik Pickles, announced the bill whilst speaking in Jerusalem on Sunday. He further claimed that “BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such”. This measure would prevent local Labour party councils from supporting groups which boycott Israel.

Protests over Indian citizenship continue for the fourth day

Protests have erupted throughout India in response to a controversial citizenship bill which would grant persecuted religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, a pathway to citizenship. In the east of India, dozens of buses were set on fire and vandalised in at least six railway stations on Saturday. In West Bengal, 15 buses were burned. Peaceful protests were also held at Utter Pradesh by the students of the Aligarh Muslim University. India’s police responded to student protests in Utter Pradesh by using tear gas and batons. The bill has been criticised for attacking...

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