ICC broaden definition of war crime to include deliberate starvation of civilians

A Swiss proposal has been unanimously approved by the ICC’s 122 member states which will broaden the definition of war crimes to include the deliberate starvation of civilians. The proposal maintains that; “Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including wilfully impeding relief supplies”. Speaking on the introduction of this measure, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated; “The majority of the over 800 million people who suffer from hunger every day live in conflict zones,” Kevin Jon Heller, a professor of...

Joshua v Ruiz boxing match accused of ‘sportswashing’ Saudi human rights record

Campaigners have criticised a much anticipated boxing match set to take place in Saudi Arabia’s newly built Diriyah stadium on Saturday, accusing it of “sportswashing” the country’s human rights record. On Saturday, Anthony Joshua will take on Andy Ruiz Jr, in what the BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan termed “one of the most controversial sporting contests in recent times”. Campaigners such as Amnesty International have voiced their concern that holding such a prestigious sporting event in Saudi Arabia is a political move to conceal the many human rights abuse allegations in the country. Felix...

HRW calls for Russian accountability for war crimes in Syria

Human Rights Watch has accused Russia of conducting airstrikes in Syria in August of this year which constituted a war crime and has called for accountability for any and all war crimes. The attack occurred on 16 August as a Russian aircraft dropped a bomb by a shelter for displaced civilians run by a Syrian aid organisation. The attack occurred in Hass and killed approximately 20 people, predominately women and children, as well as injuring around 52 people. HRW further stated raised concerns over the Russian and pro-Syrian government coalition. In their statement they maintain; Syria and...

Iranian security forces open fire as protests sweep through country

At least 208 people have been killed in Iran, as security forces have cracked down on protests that have swept across the country. Iranian state television admitted that deaths had occurred during the unrest, but claimed those killed were "armed thugs and rioters” or security personnel. Video footage of the protests, however, show uniformed members of Iran’s security forces, firing at unarmed protestors. The New York Times dubbed the events Iran’s “deadliest political unrest since the Islamic revolution 40 years ago”. Amnesty International has said at least 208 people have been killed so far...

Case against former British soldier involved in Bloody Sunday delayed

A court case against a former British, known as Soldier F, who has been accused of murder and attempted murder during Bloody Sunday has been delayed until New Year, as courts request to hear from 25 witnesses. Soldier F is charged with the murder of 22-year old James Wray and 27-year old William McKinney on Bloody Sunday, 30 January 1972. The soldier is also accused of the attempted murder of Joseph Friel, Joseph Mahon, Michael Quinn, Patrick O’Donnell and another unnamed individual. Soldier F is the only British soldier to be charged in relation to Bloody Sunday tragedy in which 13 people...

Murdered journalist’s family plea for murder investigation into Maltese PM 

The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia have urged Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat to be investigated over a possible role in the journalist’s death in 2017. Muscat announced on Sunday that he will resign in January, after investigators had allegedly found connections between his administration and those who arranged for the killing to happen – which he has dismissed. However, the family of Caruana Galizia and protestors have called for his immediate resignation.

Israel plans to 'double' Jewish population of Hebron

Just a weeks after the United States declared that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would not be an infringement of international law, Israel’s defence minister, Naftali Bennett, announced a plan to “double the number of Jewish residents” in Hebron.

‘Give them whatever punishment’ – Mothers of accused Hyderabad rapists

Thousands of people have staged protests and called for capital punishment to be deployed against those responsible for the murder of a 27-year-old woman in Hyderabad last week. Priyanka Reddy’s body was found scorched under a bridge in the streets of Hyderabad, some 15 miles from where she had been abducted. Hundreds have taken to social media to express their outrage , with the hashtag ‘HangRapists’trending in India for the past week. Protests have also taken place in Delhi and Hyderabad, as anger mounted over the rape. Four men have been arrested in connection with the case, with three...

14 killed in Burkina Faso Church shooting

At least 14 people were killed during a church service in Hantoukoura, in the east of Burkina Fasco. The death counts included the pastor as well as children attending the church. The death follows ethnic and religious tension in the region. Last October, an attack on a mosque killed 15 people and two were seriously injured. So far the identity of the attack and motivations are unclear however, it is suspected to have been organised by Islamist militants have groups. Read the BBC's reporting here .

Suriname’s President sentenced to 20 years

Desi Bouterse, Suriname’s President has been sentenced to 20 years for ordering the exception of 15 political prisoners in 1982. Those executed included lawyers, union leaders and journalists who fleeing from imprisonment in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname. Bouterse initially came to power due to a military coup in 1980 after which he was promoted to the head of the army and then, in 1987, became de facto leader. In 2010 he was elected president and then in 2015 he was re-elected for another term. Whilst Bouterse denies the charges, the court has maintained that the president oversaw the...

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