Rwanda welcomes France extradition

Rwanda’s Justice minister Tharcisse Karugarama has welcomed a decision by a French court to extradite Claude Muhayimana, a Rwandan with French-Rwandan dual citizenship. Muhayimana is accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and crimes against humanity. It is a remarkable gesture for France to have taken a step as the very first time a French court to agree that a genocide suspect should be extradited to Rwanda to face charges in a country a suspect allegedly committed the crimes, said Karugarama at a press conference in Kigali. France has previously extradited Rwandan genocide...

Pakistan president to visit India after 7 years

Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari, is due to visit India on Friday - the first visit by a Pakistani president since 2005. Althought the visit is said to be a private pilgrimage to the shrine of Sufu saint in Ajmer, Rajasthan, President Zardari will have lunch with India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. The visit is being seen as a sign of improving relations between the two countries.

Aung San Suu Kyi wins Burma parliament seat

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in parliament after winning a by-election in Kawhmu, her party said on Sunday. Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy contested 44 out of 45 seats up for grabs in Burma’s 664-seat parliament. Official results are not due until later this week. Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement: "It is natural that the NLD members and their supporters are joyous at this point. "However, it is necessary to avoid manners and actions that will make the other parties and members upset. It is very important that NLD members take special care that the...

Assad will face justice – Navi Pillay

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being behind the systematic torture of children and the killing of civilians. Speaking to the BBC, Ms Pillay said Assad could stop the killings immediately if he issued an order and that he would face justice for the crimes committed by the Syrian forces. Asked by the BBC in an interview if he bore command responsibility for the abuses, Ms Pillay said: "That is the legal situation. Factually there is enough evidence pointing to the fact that many of these acts are committed by the security...

UK doubles aid to Syrian opposition

Foreign Secretary William Hague has confirmed the UK will double its non-military aid to the Syrian opposition. An extra £500,000 will be provided to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, both inside and outside of Syria. The money will contribute towards the training for activists and journalists to help them get their stories out of Syria. Speaking at Mansion House in the City of London, Mr Hague warned the regime that its reliance on violence was not only morally indefensible, but also futile. "President Assad and his allies may look at the rubble of Homs, the abandoned streets of Idlib...

Kofi Annan demands immediate implementation of Syria peace plan

The peace plan proposed by the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, expects the Syrian Government to implement the peace plan immediately. The plan includes the need for an UN-supervised cessation of armed hostilities by all parties. However, reports by activists indicate the Syrian regime is continuing its offensive against rebel forces and shelling the city of Homs. Ahmed Fawzi, spokesperson for Mr Annan, told reporters in Geneva: “This is our great concern. We expect [President Bashar al-Assad] to implement this plan immediately. The deadline is now. "If you read the agreement...

Balochs welcome US human rights intervention at UNHRC

A coalition of Baloch political parties and figures welcomed the US intervention at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council, expressing concern over the deteriorating human rights siutation in Balochistan. In a statement released last week the Baloch groups and Baloch leaders welcomed the intervention as " long-awaited, necessary, encouraging and in the right direction to address the human rights issue ". The statement was signed by Baloch leaders, including Akhtar Meingal, Bramdagh Bugti, Hayrbiar Marri and Khan Suleiman D Ahmadzai, as well as ten leading Baloch resistance and rights...

Strong US-China relations are in the interests of the world - Obama

Speaking at a meeting in Seoul with his Chinese counterpart, President Hu, US President Barack Obama reiterated the integral importance of strong US-China relations. Obama said , "I think this is also an opportunity to build on the excellent cooperation and dialogue across all the dimensions of our relationship that we’ve been able to establish over the last three years" "It also gives us an opportunity to talk about a wide range of international issues. Obviously of great importance to us and I know to you as well, the situation in North Korea and the situation in Iran - we both have an...

North Korean missile launch strains US diplomacy

After the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, international diplomats had hoped for the initiation of dialogues with current Kim Jong-Un in altering issues regarding nuclear developments. But with North Korea’s planned launch of long-range rockets next month, it has lead to speculation that "acorns don't fall far from the tree in North Korea" . The Obama administration was seen to be taking a "modest step" recently by offering 240,000 tons of US “nutritional assistance” in a first step probing closer ties with North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-Un. But last week, North Korea announced...

Compensation paid to families of Afghan massacre victims

The United States military has paid out compensation to the families of a deadly night-time attack on an Afghan village by a US soldier that left 16 civilians dead, including four women and nine children. US staff sergeant Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder on Friday, including for the murder of an unborn baby, after it was revealed that one of his victims was pregnant. On Saturday, the US military paid out US$50,000 in compensation for each murdered victim and $11,000 for each to those wounded in the attack. Agha Lalai, a member of the Kandahar provincial council, commented...

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