China considers blacklist of 'die-hard' Taiwan independence supporters

China is considering drafting a blacklist of “die-hard” supporters of Taiwan’s independence as Beijing may take legal steps against democratically-elected President Tsai Ing-wen. Reuters reported that Taiwan condemned the plan after pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao first reported it this month. China’s Global Times tabloid alleged that the list could include senior Taiwanese government officials. Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said the “list of diehard Taiwan secessionists” now under consideration was only aimed at a very small number of independence...

Paris police under investigation for mistreatment of migrants

France’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, ordered an internal police investigation after officers were filmed throwing migrants out of tents while evacuating a protest camp in Paris on Tuesday. The police were caught by journalists and activists shaking migrants inside tents until they tumbled out and resistors were abused by batons, according to the head of aid group Doctors Without Borders, Corinne Torre. The protestors were calling attention to the hundreds of migrants who were kicked out of another camp last week and have been sleeping on the streets out of desperation. Most of these...

At least 600 killed and tens thousands forced to flee Ethiopia

At least 600 people have been killed in Mai Kadara massacre in Ethiopia, in the Tigray region, forcing tens of thousands to cross the Tekeze River and seek shelter in Sudan. An estimated 30,000 refugees have decided to make this journey. “It took twelve days to get here,” said one relieved looking refugee. “We had to live in a forest, a forest, but now we have reached Sudan.” Ethiopians seeking refuge in Sudan have described intense fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, where fatal battles between federal government troops and rebel forces have taken place. “The government wants to...

Rocket attacks in Kabul kills eight and leaves several wounded

A barrage of rocket attacks in residential areas in Kabulon Saturday, killed at least eight and wounded more than 30 people, according to Afghan officials. The interior ministry reported that over a dozen rockets were launched from a pickup truck inside the city which the regional Islamic State group confessed to organising. The Islamic State group has been behind other attacks that have happened recently in Kabul., including two assaults on education institutions that killed nearly 50 people. The attack happened hours before a meeting between the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban...

Reflections on Nuremberg

On the anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, UK Ambassador, Neil Bush, speaking at the OSCE Permanent Council, reiterated Britain’s aims of bringing to “impunity for the worst crimes”. The Nuremberg trials were a series of trials held in the aftermath of the Second World War and in the wake of the Holocaust. Ambassador Bush notes that they were the “first of their kind” and marked “a reassertion of justice, human rights, and accountability”.

Thai school students join protests against government

Thousands of people joined Thai students in a protest calling for education reforms as a part of wider calls for government removal. High school students are seeking greater freedom and fairer treatment within an education system which currently instills obedience. Protesters have three core demands: the removal of Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. This was the first major protest since the Prime Minister warned on thursday that police would use all laws against protesters, who have become the biggest challenge to...

UN echoes calls for Egypt to release human rights activists

The United Nations has urged Egypt to release three members of an activist group arrested within days of each other as international pressure abounds. Security forces arrested Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights ( EIPR) office manager Mohamed Basheer on Sunday, Karim Ennarah on Wednesday, and executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek on Thursday. The call came on Friday as the EIPR was targeted after several ambassadors and diplomats visited its Cairo office on November 3. The detainees were held on charges including “joining a terror group” and “spreading false news”, said the EIPR. “The...

Reaffirming Génocidaires – Myanmar’s elections

The victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) at Myanmar’s elections has been heralded as evidence of support for the country’s “nascent democracy” in defiance of the half-century military dictatorship. However, Suu Kyi’s tainted status as an apologist for the military dictatorship and on-going denial of genocidal violence highlights the illusory choice present in Myanmar. The international community’s continued fawning over the former Nobel Peace Prize winner illustrates a collective and self-serving amnesia over the Rohingya genocide. Though Suu Kyi’s backing of the...

New report alleges Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians

Australian special forces were allegedly involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians according to damning report. For over four years, Maj Gen Justice Paul Brereton investigated allegations that a small group within the elite Special Air Services brutally murdered Afghan civilians, allegedly slitting throats, gloating about the murders, keeping kill counts, and photographing bodies with phones and weapons they planted on them to justify their actions. The report found that the special forces were responsible for dozens of unlawful killings largely involving prisoners and were deliberately...

Western Sahara independence movement ends ceasefire with Morocco

The leader of pro-independence group, Polisario Front, in the Western Sahara declared war on Morocco last week following border confrontation. The announcement came a day after Morocco reportedly launched a military operation in a United Nations buffer zone after accusing the pro-independence group of blocking access to Mauritania. Tensions in the region date back to 1975 when Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish protectorate that was previously occupied by Mauritania. For years, the Polisario fought for independence from Morocco in an armed resistance that lasted until 1991,...

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