UN court rejects Myanmar's efforts to obstruct Genocide case over Rohingya atrocities

The international court of justice has rejected Myanmar’s attempts to obstruct a case raised by Gambia, alleging the country of “[...] mass murder, rape, and destruction of communities in Rakhine state.”

Iraq accuses Turkey of deadly attack on tourists near Kurdish City

Nine tourists were killed following a shelling attack on a water park near the Kurdish City of Zakho with the Iraqi government holding Turkey responsible. The Iraqi government has accused Turkish forces of an attack on its citizens in a resort near the Kurdish city of Zakho (Southern Kurdistan). Turkey denied it had launched strikes against civilians and instead claimed that the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), was responsible. Iraq’s prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, received some of the bodies at Baghdad airport as anger mounted in the Iraqi capital and in Karbala, the Shia shrine city in...

Myanmar soldiers admit human rights abuses

Soldiers in the Myanmar military have admitted to carrying out atrocities involving rape, torture and massacres of civilians, in interviews given to the BBC. The testimony of 6 soldiers including a corporal, who have recently defected and are under the protection of the People's Defence Force (PDF), gives an insight into the military crackdown on those fighting to restore democracy. Last year the military seized power from the democratically elected government led by Aung San Su Kyi in a coup, and is set on crushing the armed civilian uprising. The soldiers admitted to burning houses,...

Japan’s former leader assassinated in broad daylight

The former prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was shot dead whilst giving a speech in the city of Nara earlier this morning. A 41-year-old man was arrested by Japan’s security services at the scene of the murder, where Abe was delivering a speech. Video footage at the time shows gunshots being fired and the suspect apprehended with what appears to be a home-made gun. According to local reports, several possible explosive devices have since been recovered from the suspect’s home, who is said to be a former member of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force. See more live coverage from the BBC here...

EU resumes funding of Palestinian NGOs

The European Union (EU) has resumed funding of two prominent Palestinian organisations after a year-long suspension, following unfounded "terror" allegations made by Israel. The European Commission sent letters several days ago to Al-Haq and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), informing them that their 13-month-long suspensions were lifted unconditionally and with immediate effect. According to information provided to Al Jazeera, the emails were sent soon after Al-Haq had launched legal proceedings against the Commission. Al-Haq said in a statement last Thursday that more than 13...

Human rights organisations call for investigation into Melilla deaths at Moroccan-Spanish border

There are growing calls for an investigation into the deaths of at least 37 people who died at the fortified border of Melilla, Spain’s enclave in North Africa . About 2,000 people stormed the heavily fortified border between the Moroccan region of Nador and the Spanish enclave last week. The Moroccan authorities say 23 people died and 140 police were injured during the attempt, while several NGOs say the number of dead is at least 37. There are growing concerns that Moroccan authorities have already dug graves for the dead and apparently plan to bury them without investigating the cause of...

Finland and Sweden set to join NATO after Turkey drops objection

Finland, Sweden and Turkey have signed a joint memorandum at the NATO summit in Madrid, which addresses Turkey's concern about the nordic nation's support for Kurdish organisations and thus paves the way for the country's formal invitation to the military alliance. Turkey had previously stated that they would veto any invitation to both countries to join NATO, if they did not address "security concerns" and proscribe and clamp down on Kurdish organisations within their respective country. Finland and Sweden agreed to the demands put forward by Turkey, which include that, Sweden and Finland...

'Scotland has a right to self-determination' - Sturgeon sets date for independence referendum

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has announced a proposed date for an independence referendum on 19 October 2023. Sturgeon says she wants to hold a second independence referendum on 19 October 2023. If the UK government does not grant a section 30 order, which would allow the Scottish parliament to pass laws normally reserved for Westminister, Sturgeon will set out plans for what the Scottish government will do in response if the order is not granted, Sturgeon noted that the referendum must be lawful and is publishing today its Scottish independence referendum bill which includes three key...

'The brutal reality of a climate apartheid is unfolding before our eyes'

A report by Oxfam has detailed that funding needed for climate disasters has risen more than 800% in 20 years, with half of all requested funding being unmet today. Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam GB’s chief executive, described the finance gap as “unacceptable”. Speaking to the Guardian, he said : “Rich countries are not only failing to provide sufficient humanitarian aid when weather-related disasters hit. They are also failing to keep their promise to provide $100bn a year to help developing countries adapt to the changing climate, and blocking calls for finance to help them recover from...

Anti-government protest continue in Ecuador as President declares state of emergency

The national strike called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) reached 12 days of protests on Friday, condemning the economic policies of Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso. The Indigenous leader Leonidas Iza on Tuesday demanded – among other things – that the government repeal the state of emergency decree and remove the military and police presence around places where protesters have gathered in Quito, the capital. But the minister of government on Wednesday said the government could not lift the state of emergency because it would leave “the capital...

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