Kerala’s robust and efficient approach against COVID-19 sees impressive success

The state of Kerala, has dropped 30 percent in number of new coronavirus cases in the first week of April compared to the week before, despite being the first state in India to report a coronavirus case in late January. The success of the Communist state’s government can be attributed to a number of their methods which has just seen just two deaths and the highest percentage of positive patient recoveries in the country. Even as of yesterday, the number of cases has been dropping, yet they have conducted over 13,000 tests – which is more than some states that have half the population as that of Kerala.

US President orders to stop funding for the World Health Organisation

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore) US President, Donald J. Trump, has convened a press conference during which he claimed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable” for the poor handling of the coronavirus. During the press conference, Trump also claimed that the WHO promoted Chinese disinformation days before the initial outbreak of the virus in Wuhan. President Trump is facing significant backlash for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic initially claiming that it was a “hoax” and pushing for an end to protective lockdown measures...

International human rights organisations call on Bahrain to free detained activists

International human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch has called on Bahrain to release imprisoned opposition activists, journalists and leaders as well as human rights campaigners during this crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. HRW’s statement follows the release of 1,486 prisoners, 901 of which were released on “humanitarian grounds”. 585 were given non-custodial sentences. According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 394 detainees of the 1,486 released were imprisoned on political charges. This includes opposition leaders who led...

Former army officer hanged for assassination of Bangladesh’s founding president

Abdul Majed, a former Bangladeshi army officer, was hanged in the country’s capital, Dhaka, for the assassination of the country’s founding President, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Majed was executed after spending 25 years as a fugitive and having his appeal for presidential clemency. Rahman was killed in 1975, along with much of his family. He was captured after returning to Bangladesh last month. When Mrs Sheikh Hasina, daughter of the founding president and current Prime Minister, was elected to office in 1996, Majed was believed to have fled into India. In 1998 after overturning legislation...

World Bank warns of worst economic slump in South Asia in 40 years

(Photo Credit: World Bank) The World Bank has warned that South Asian countries, such as India and Sri Lanka, will suffer the worst economic slump it has faced in 40 years because of the coronavirus. According to the World Bank, the South Asian countries are projected to make economic growth of 1.8 to 2.8% this year. This is down from the projected 6.3% growth which was made six months ago. South Asia has reported over 130,000 cases so far. The World Bank further warns that if national lockdowns are prolonged the entire region may suffer an economic contraction this year. To reduce the impact...

Amnesty reveals "deplorable prison conditions" in Cambodia

Amnesty International has released footage revealing deplorable conditions in Cambodia's prisons including overcrowding. This comes during the midst of coronavirus where people are encouraged to socially distance to prevent the spread of the disease. Those unable to are viewed at particular risk, leaving Amnesty to describe the Cambodian prisons as a "ticking time bomb" for the spread of this deadly disease. Amnesty reports that as 2 April 2020, Cambodia reported holding 38,890 people in prison despite having a capacity of only 26,593. They further detail that some prisons have been estimated...

HRW condemns Myanmar for not doing enough to protect Rohingya 

HRW has issued a statement condemning Myanmar for not doing enough to prevent the on-going repression of Rohingya which may amount to genocide. This follows two presidential directives which Myanmar aimed to respond to the International Court of Justice’s call for greater protection for Rohingya’s community. The two directives issues ordered the ministries and all regions and state governments to ensure that staff do not commit crimes defined by the Genocide convention and prohibits all Ministries and the Rakhine State from destroying evidence of genocide. HRW warns that it is not simply...

Kashmir separatist leader may be denied fair trial

Human rights advocates have warned that Yasin Malik, leader of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) will be denied a fair trial. According to Khurram Parvez, head of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), questions have been raised over the cases brought against Malik. Parvez stated; "Fair trial is a globally recognised right for everyone. If you are suddenly pulling out old cases and not even allowing the accused to properly represent his case, then there would definitely be question marks over it,"...

Overcrowded Assam detention centres spark fears of coronavirus outbreak

The families of more than 800 undocumented migrants – that are being held indefinitely in six detention centres across Assam in India – expressed their concerns about the safety of their loved ones, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Afghanistan releases 100 Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan’s government has confirmed the release of 100 Taliban prisoners following threats from the Taliban that they would walk away from peace negotiations brokered by the United States. Initially, the Afghan government refused to release the prisoners unless the Taliban agreed that the released would not return to the battlefield but the Taliban objected stating that they had not agreed to these preconditions. On 29 February, the US signed a deal with the Taliban agreeing to the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners in return for a 1,000 pro-government captives. It is important to note...

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