UK to remain party to European human rights treaty after leaving the EU

The United Kingdom will remain party to the European Convention on Human Rights after leaving the European Union, according to the Brexit white paper most recently published by the government. Despite British Prime Minister, Theresa May, having previously backed leaving the ECHR, the white paper said, “the UK is committed to membership of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)” and that “the UK will remain a party to the ECHR after it has left the EU.”

Scottish leader meets Catalan president

Scotland's first minister and SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon met with the Catalan president, Quim Torra on Wednesday during the newly elected leader's visit to Edinburgh this week. In a joint statement issued after the meeting the two leaders said "the way forward for Catalonia must be through peaceful and democratic solutions involving dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan authorities". "In 21st century Europe, issues of self-determination must ultimately be addressed through democratic referendums", which should be "agreed between both parties and have corresponding international recognition," they added. Their meeting came as a Catalan minister, Clara Ponsati faces extradition from Scotland to Spain over Catalan's independence referendum.

Bosnian Muslims bury 35 victims of Srebrenica genocide, 23 years later

Bosnian Muslims marked 23 years since the Srebrenica genocide in a commemoration that saw the remains of 35 victims buried at the genocide’s memorial centre. According to The Hague Tribunal and Bosnian state court, over 7000 Bosnian Muslims, mostly men and boys, were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. The forces then carried out operations to conceal the crimes by using secondary and tertiary mass graves. A total of 6575 genocide victims have been reburied at the Memorial Centre in Potocari. “We have been saying for 23 years now that we will not stop looking for the remains of those...

Cameroon government to investigate video showing execution of women and children

Cameroon’s government stated that it will open an investigation into a video that allegedly shows soldiers executing two women and their children, accusing them of being members of Boko Haram. The mobile phone footage shows men in uniform similar to that of the Cameroonian military leading two women and their young children up a small hill, before they are blindfolded and murdered. The soldiers are heard telling them “You are going to die you BH,” referring to the Boko Haram Islamist group. Though the government of Cameroon confirmed it will launch an investigation into the video, it spread...

Ethiopia, Eritrea declare end to long state of war

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a declaration on Monday ending the war that existed between the two countries since the border conflict in 1998-2000. Despite a previous peace deal in 2000 the two countries remained in a state of no war no peace as the deal failed to be implemented. The declaration was signed at a meeting between Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea's president Isaias Afewerki in Eritrea's capital, Asmara, when the two countries' leaders met for the first time in almost 20 years.

France court upholds life sentences for two former Rwandan mayors accused of genocide

Life sentences handed to two former Rwandan mayors for their part in the Rwandan genocide were upheld by a French court on Friday. Octavien Ngenzi and Tito Barahira had appealed after they were found guilty of crimes of against humanity, genocide and summary executions in 2016. "This decision is just and sends a message: no to impunity for all those who took part in the genocide and who thought they could find refuge in France," said Alain Gauthier, head of a group which has pushed for French investigations into the genocide. The pair’s sentences are the strongest handed out for genocide by a...

UN Human Rights chief - refer Myanmar to ICC

The UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein this week called on member states of the Human Rights Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court rejecting the country's assertion that it was a "body committed to the defence of human rights." ““In the four years that I have been High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims,” he said. “This claim, that I have just stated now, almost creates a new category of absurdity. Have some shame sir. Have some shame. We are not fools,” Mr Zeid said. Calling for Myanmar's government to ensure access to Rakhine...

Egypt court overturns ruling that placed hundreds on terror list

On Wednesday the Egyptian higher court, overturned a criminal court order that put 1,538 defendants on the country’s terror list, including the former president Mohamed Morsi. The criminal court order which that placed these subjects on the list was passed in 2015 under an anti-terrorism law after General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi overthrew Morsi in the coup of July 2013. Joining Mr Morsi on this list was retired footballer Mohamed Abou Trika, now a sports TV analyst in Qatar, who fled Egypt after he had been accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The decision though is not final...

Mass atrocities by government troops and rebels in Congo - UN report

An investigation by a team of UN human rights experts has concluded that mass rape, dismembering of civilians and cannablism took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo during conflict that began in 2016 in the Kasai region. Stating that both government troops and rebel fighters were suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, the team presented its findings to the UN Human Rights Council last week. “One victim told us that in May 2017 she saw a group of Kamuina Nsapu militia, some of whom sported female genitals (clitorises and vaginas) as medals,” the report said. “...

Modi calls for ‘strong and stable relations’ between India and China 'for global peace and progress'

Photograph: Twitter @PMOIndia India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the importance of “strong and stable” relations between India and China, stating it was “an important factor for global peace and progress”. Speaking before senior military and defence officials from around the world at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last week, Mr Modi said, “No other relationship of India has as many layers as our relations with China. We are the world’s two most populous countries and among the fasting growing major economies. Our cooperation is expanding. Trade is growing. And, we have...

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