More than 40 killed in East DRC

Over 40 people have been killed during the conflict between armed militias and the army in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The greatest number of casualties occurred Friday during attacks on Mahagi in the easter Ituri province where 21 civilians were killed. In Linsey conflict continued on Sunday between the army and militias in the neighbouring Djugu area. Allied Democratic Force (ADF) militants are accused of killing over 1,000 civilians in the Beni region since October 2014. Al Jazeera reports that an estimated 400 people have been killed since last November. Read more...

Separatists in Southern Yemen proclaim self-rule

The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a separatist organisation in Southern Yemen, have announced that they will establish a self-rule region containing the southern port city of Aden. The STC has accused the Saudi-backed government of Yemen of corruption and mismanaging the region. Whilst the international organisation has not expressed support for the autonomous region; the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been largely supportive of the STC. The move follows calls from the UN for a global ceasefire. Alkhader Sulaiman, a representative of the STC, maintained that; "We are still calling for...

Ceasefire in Yemen extended

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has extended their ceasefire by a month to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This follows a military ceasefire that ended on Thursday and its extension raises hopes that a lasting and comprehensive to the conflict may be reached. Houthi rebels are demanding a lifting of air and sea blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on regions they control. Read more from Al Jazeera.

UN warns coronavirus could cause a human rights crisis

António Guterres, UN secretary-general, warned against authoritarians utilising the current virus pandemic to undermine individual human rights, promote racism and restrict free speech. This statement follows his calls for a global ceasefire and his further warnings that domestic violence will escalate as a result of the pandemic. Guterres maintained that whilst migration needed to be curbed the scale of restrictions could be overcome by increased testing and targeted quarantine measures. Over 131 countries have shut down their borders with only 30 permitting exemptions for asylum seekers...

Syrian war criminals face trial in Germany

Former Syrian colonel, Anwar Raslan, who is accused of committing crimes against humanity will face trial at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany. Raslan was arrested whilst in Berlin in mid-February last year and will face trial on Thursday as will Eyad al-Gharib, who worked under Raslan. Raslan’s trial is permitted under the legal principle of universal jurisdiction. According to the German Code of Crimes against International Law, German federal prosecutors are permitted to pursue anyone who commits crimes against humanity. Raslan is seen as one of the most senior military...

UN warns global hunger could almost double because of coronavirus

The UN warns that the coronavirus could lead to almost double the number of people currently suffering hunger meaning that 265 million people will be identified as suffering from “Acute food and livelihood crisis”. The “acute food and livelihood crisis” is defined by the UN as “critical lack of food access and above usual malnutrition”. This is the third category out of five with the fifth being mass starvation. The UN warns that this starvation is driven by the economic havoc that the coronavirus has caused; it will likely hit the Global South, with Africa in particular, the hardest. The...

Human rights organisations call on Saudi Arabia to protect migrant workers

A number of human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Migrant-Rights, have called upon Saudi authorities to ensure adequate protection for migrant workers. In their joint letter to Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, Minister of Labor and Social Development, they maintain that Saudi Arabia is highly dependent on low-paid migrants who come from South and South-East Africa. They further warn that these migrants are disproportionately placed at greater risk and are more likely to face reductions in wages and job losses. They also suffer from crowded...

UN Security Council calls for Yemen ceasefire

The UN Security Council has called on a ceasefire in Yemen echoing the earlier calls of the UN Secretary-General who warned that outbreak of the coronavirus poses a unique threat to the country. Earlier this month the UN welcomed a unilateral two-week ceasefire announced by the Saudi-led coalition which came into effect on the 9 April in an effort to support the UN-led peace process. Despite the announced ceasefire reports of violence from both sides. Yemen’s government, which has the support of the Saudi-led coalition, is accused of shelling Houthi residential areas. On Friday in central...

Nigerian Army kills 18 during coronavirus lockdown

Nigeria’s police force and army, referred to as the Nigerian Correctional Service, is reported to have killed 18 people over the past two weeks during lockdowns intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, reports Nigeria’s National Human Rights Council. Nigeria imposed a lockdown on the 30 March in the southern commercial hub of Lagos, the Ogun state and the capital Abuja. The lock which was initially stated to only last two weeks was extended a further two weeks and increased to other states such as Kano in the north. The Nigerian Correctional Service responded to the Human Rights...

Now is “not the time” to reduce funding for World Health Organisation - UN Chief

Following a statement from the US President that the US would halt funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO); António Guterres, UN Chief, has responded insisting now is not the time to reduce funding.

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