Sudan's military and opposition coalition sign power-sharing accord

Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance have signed a political accord to form a power-sharing body, following months of divisions and protests calling for civilian rule after President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April. The 22-clause accord was signed today to solidify an agreement between both sides. The two sides have agreed to rotate control of the sovereign council for just over three years. The council will be made of five civilians, five military figures, and an 11th civilian who will be chosen by the other ten members. The...

Australia expresses “deep concern” over Chinese treatment of Uighur people

Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne, expressed “deep concern” over China’s treatment of the Uighur minority and the use of forced labour, detention centres and the blocks on consular assistance to dual citizens. On Monday, Payne responded to questions concerning the cases of 10 Australian permanent residents who have been allegedly detained, including a two-year-old Australian citizen. The Minister maintained that Australia has sought information and offered consular assistance but was denied access. China has denied these allegations and stated that they had extended an...

Top Myanmar generals barred from entering US over Rohingya atrocities

​ The US State Department announced that it has barred several senior military officials in Myanmar from entering the United States, over a lack of accountability for atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims since a 2017 crackdown.

Philippine President says he will never be tried by international court

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, has asserted that he will never be tried for human rights violation he is accused of during his war on drugs and vowed to see his crackdown through “to the very end”.

UN Human Rights Council discuss new war crimes in Myanmar

The United Nation special rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, that Myanmar security forces and separatist rebels are engaged in human rights violations in the western states of Myanmar.

US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan leader’s son

The United States Treasury announced that it has imposed sanctions on the son of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, in the latest set of embargoes placed on the country. The US accuses Nicolasito Maduro Guerra of playing a key role in maintaining the current government and president, with Washington having now imposed sanctions on more than 100 Venezuelan officials. Opposition leader Juan Guadio has been recognised by the US and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s president. Announcing the sanctions on Maduro, Elliot Abrams, the US special representative for Venezuela said they...

Sudanese military chief hires Canadian lobby firm

A senior military commander in Sudan has reportedly hired a Canadian lobby firm for $6 million, reports the Financial Times, the latest in a series of deals between African leaders and North American companies.

UN demands Sudan halts repression and allows monitors access

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has demanded that Sudanese authorities must end its repression of protesters; the shutdown of the internet; and grant human rights monitors access to the country. Bachelet said that her office has received reports that detail the deaths of over 100 protestors and many more were injured by security officials during a peaceful sit-in on July 3. The protests come after Sudan’s ruling general rejected an Ethiopian proposal for a transitional government. The democratic protests were organised by Sudan’s opposition who have...

Guatemala arrests former military chief accused of genocide

Luis Enrique Mendoza has been arrested by Guatemala police and is facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1982 massacre of Maya Ixil people.

Amnesty International calls for an immediate inquiry into the death of former Egyptian President

Amnesty International has called for an impartial inquiry into the death of former Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, who died in court on 17 June. In a statement Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa said: “The Egyptian authorities must immediately order an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death, as well as his detention conditions and his ability to access medical care”. Amnesty has raised concerns over Egypt’s treatment of prisoners, stating, “Egyptian authorities have an appalling track record of detaining...