Australia places high level sanctions on Myanmar military, follows EU/US lead

Australia has placed travel and financial sanctions on five of Myanmar’s most senior military officers who stand accused of overseeing violence against the Rohingya community. The sanctions follow similiar actions by the European Union and United States placed on Myanmar’s military earlier this year. A recent report by the UN accused Myanmar’s military of rapes and mass killings with ‘genocidal intent,' calling for its commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law. Speaking on Australia’s decision to impose sanctions, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said, “I have...

UN accuses South Sudanese groups of committing war crimes

The United Nations accused the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and it armed opposition of committing war crimes, in a report released last week. The report by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the UN Human Rights Office states that 900 people were abducted and 24,000 forced to flee their homes in the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan, as violence flared between the two sides. “Most of the abducted civilians are, as far as we know, still being held captive. The pro-Riek Machar Sudan People’s Liberation Army in-Opposition (SPLA-IO (RM)) must immediately release them, first and...

UK, Germany and France condemn Khashoggi killing, Germany to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The UK, German and French Foreign ministers condemned the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with “the strongest possible terms” on Sunday. In a joint statement, the ministers said, “nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Defending freedom of expression and free press are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France. The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations.” The statement comes after Saudi Arabia blamed the killing of Mr Khashoggi on a ‘rogue operation.’

59 killed and 57 injured in a train accident in Amritsar, Northern Punjab

Punjab’s chief minister, Amarinder Singh has confirmed the deaths of 59 people and the injuries of 57 in a railway incident on Friday. On that day a train ran over a large crowd which had gathered to celebrate a major Hindu holiday. Chief Minister Singh has thus far declined to comment on the reasons behind the accident and has told reporters on Saturday that an official inquiry would be undertaken and completed within four weeks.

Saudi Arabia claims Jamal Khashoggi died during a “fist-fight”

For the first time Saudi Arabia has confirmed the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after initially providing strenuous denials. Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post and US resident, initially arrived in Saudi Arabia’s consulate to file in documents certifying that he had divorced his ex-wife so that he could remarry. Saudi Arabia initially, stated that he left the consulate building from the back but Turkish intelligence notes that this was not the case. They report that a 15-man team, including senior forensic experts and a man carrying a bone saw, were sent from Riyadh to the...

ICC warns Israel over demolition of Bedoiun village

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has warned the Israeli government over the “imminent” planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. “I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community,” said ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. “Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and with it the prospects for further escalation and violence.” “It bears recalling, as a general matter, that extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes...

Swedish oil executives face charges for war crimes in Sudan

The Chief Executive and chairman of Swedish group Lundin Oil may face charges of war crimes, after the Swedish government paved the way for an indictment to be issued this week. Alex Schneiter, the current CE of Lundin Oil and Ian Lundin, the chairman of the board, may be indicted, for war crimes committed in Sudan. Lundin Oil is accused of bankrolling the Sudanese army and several paramilitary groups that drove away locals from areas where the company planned to carry out oil exploration, and are accused of committing human rights abuses. “Given the severity of the crime, justice must be...

US requests UN Security Council briefing on Rohingya

The United States and either other governments have requested the United Nations fact-finding mission that investigated atrocities committed by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims brief the UN Security Council this week. The UN's Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar was set up in March 2017 and headed by Marzuki Darusman who also co-authored the 2011 report produced by a panel of experts on mass atrocities in Sri Lanka. The report calls for an investigation into the genocide of the Rohingya people and for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The...

Three top Afghan officials killed in Taliban attack that narrowly misses US commander

Three senior Afghan officials have been killed and two American officials injured, in a Taliban attack in Kandahar on Thursday that narrowly missed the top US commander in Afghanistan. Police Chief, General Abdul Raziq; the provincial governor of Kandahar, Zalmai Wesa; and, intelligence chief General Abdul Mominera were killed in the attack. Two American officials were injured but US General Austin Miller, commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, managed to survive without injuries. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes two days before parliamentary elections,...

Anti-Indian protests reignite in Kashmir following shootout in Srinagar

Thousands participated in an anti-Indian protest in the city of Srinagar in Kashmir, following a joint funeral commemorating those who died during the shootout with the Indian security forces. During the protest most shops and businesses closed in solidarity with the protest and civilians marched the streets chanting “Go India, go back” and “Long live Pakistan”. Police officials reported incidents of protestors throwing stones at security forces. In response Indian authorities deployed paramilitary soldiers and heavily armed police to monitor the protest as well as imposing a curfew. The...

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