Sudanese security forces crackdown on anti-Bashir protesters

Armed militias loyal to Sudan’s president, Omar al- Bashir, have launched attacks on protesters taking part in a mass sit in outside the defence ministry in the capital, Khartoum. Witnesses said that the security forces have used gunfire and teargas to disperse demonstrators. The total number of people killed since Saturday is 22, including five soldiers who were killed while defending the protesters. The group spearheading the demonstrations, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), have said that 153 have been wounded. The US, UK and Norway issued a joint statement calling on the...

5 men investigated by UK police over Rwanda genocide

Five men are being investigated by UK police over allegations of involvement in the Rwandan genocide, The Guardian reports.

Trump designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as foreign terrorist organisation

Donald Trump has designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organisation, marking the first time the United States has formally labelled another country’s military a "terrorist group". In a statement, Trump said that “Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.” “We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support for terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw...

BJP pledges to repeal special status from Jammu and Kashmir

India’s ruling BJP party has announced in their manifesto plans to repeal Article 370 and 35A which grants special rights to residents of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Article 370 was initially intended as a temporary provision and grants Jammu and Kashmir a special autonomous status. Article 35A enables the J&K legislature to define who were “permanent residents” as well as special rights and privileges. This includes the right to purchase property which non-residents have been barred from.

Sinn Fein refuses to vote against no-deal Brexit

Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army, continues its abstentionist policy despite holding enough seats to prevent a no-deal Brexit. On Monday, the proposal to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union’s customs union was narrowly defeated by three votes. Sinn Fein holds seven seats in West Minster since the 2017 general election refused to vote on the matter which could have avoided a no-deal Brexit which they view as devastating for Irish interests. Speaking to reporters Mary Lou McDonald, the party’s president, said:

US Congress votes to end military assistance to Saudi Arabia

US Congress has given final approval on a resolution to end American military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen. The House voted 247-175 to send the resolution to Trump's desk, where it is likely to be met with a veto. The vote marks the first time the US Congress has invoked the 1973 War Powers Act, a law which curtails the president's power to take the country into a conflict without congressional approval. The independent senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic congressman Ro Khanna issued a joint statement saying, "today, the US House of Representatives took a clear stand...

Algeria’s longest serving president resigns

Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has resigned with immediate effect after weeks of mass protests against his 20-year rule. The 82-year-old announced his resignation in a letter to the president of the Constitutional Council on Tuesday. In his letter, Bouteflika wrote, “my intention is to contribute to calming down the souls and minds of the citizens so they can collectively take Algeria to the better future they aspire to.” His resignation triggered a 90-day caretaker presidency by the chairman of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, until elections are held. Algerians...

Three Pakistan soldiers killed in Kashmir

Pakistan’s military has reported three soldiers were killed by Indian forces in the Rawalakot area of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. In a statement, Pakistan's military said they had responded to an Indian mortar attack on its positions at the border town Rakhchakri. Indian officials have not responded to the initial reports.

China threatens UN ambassadors - HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports Chinese officials sent a letter to UN ambassadors warning them “in the interest of bilateral relations and continued multilateral cooperation,” they should not “co-sponsor, participate in or be present at” a panel event critical of China’s human rights record in Xinjiang. Delegates from the global South further reported to HRW, Chinese diplomats had personally approached them and advised them not to attend the panel event on 13 March.

UN condemns Brunei’s draconian penal code

The United Nations has condemned Brunei’s new penal code which imposes death by stoning for gay sex, adultery and other offences. In a statement, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet said, “I appeal to the government to stop the entry into force of this draconian new penal code, which would mark a serious setback for human rights protection for the people of Brunei if implemented.” Photograph: UN News Bachelet urged “Brunei to maintain its de facto moratorium on the use of capital punishment,” in her statement. The proposed changes to the penal code incorporate...