Ebola outbreak in DRC is worsening

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society says the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is “worsening”. The DRC health ministry has reported that the death toll has risen to 1,008 and more than 1,450 cases have been registered since August 2018. Photograph: World Health Organisation Ebola treatment centres and health workers have repeatedly been subject to violence, complicating efforts to contain the deadly virus. 119 incidents have been reported since January. Many people are afraid to go to Ebola treatment centres because of the violence and...

Human Rights Watch says China’s Xinjiang citizens are monitored by police app

In a new report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that Xinjiang police are using a mobile app to illegally gathering information about people’s lawful behaviour and using it for mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Turkic Muslims. Photograph: Human Rights Watch HRW “reverse engineered” the police app that officials use to connect to the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), to find out what types of behaviours and people this mass surveillance system targets. HRW's report highlights new evidence about the mass surveillance in Xinjiang where the government has subjected the 13...

Videos of 'war crimes' in Libya shared online

An investigation by BBC Arabic, has found evidence of alleged war crimes being shared on Facebook and YouTube. Disturbing images and videos have been found on these social media platforms showing bodies of civilians and fighters being desecrated by fighters of the Libyan National Army during an offensive in 2017. Under international law, the desecration of bodies and posting the images online for propaganda is a war crime. The BBC have found over 100 images and videos. One video includes an indicted war crime suspect killing three people. This video has been on Facebook for over two years and...

Venezuela plunges into new phase of political crisis

Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s opposition leader, posted a video online urging supporters to take to the streets to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power. Guaido posted an online video in which he appeared to be surrounded by dozens of armed troops near a military base in Caracas. “The time is now,” Guaido said. “We are going to achieve freedom and democracy in Venezuela,” he added. "Today it is clear to us that the Armed Forces are with the people and not with the dictator,” Guaido addressed demonstrators in Caracas. Civilian supporters and some soldiers gathered at the airbase where troops...

Brexit has driven up recruitment for the New IRA

Senior members of the militant republican group, known as the New IRA, have said that Brexit has helped to drive recruitment amongst young supporters as there is a renewed focus on the border and partition. Speaking to The Sunday Times a representative of the New IRA told the reporter that: “Brexit has forced the IRA to refocus and has underlined how Ireland remains partitioned […] It would be remiss of us not to capitalise on the opportunity. It’s put the border on the agenda again.” The group further acknowledged that their violent acts did not progress the cause for a unified Ireland but...

Thousands protest in Hong Kong against extradition law

Over 100,000 people marched through central Hong Kong yesterday in opposition to a law which would make it easier to extradite people to mainland China. The plan would allow Hong Kong to send criminal suspects requested by China, Taiwan or Macau. Demonstrators worry that people could face vague national security charges and unfair trials in China. It is feared that the law will allow China to demand that Hong Kong hand over political dissidents, religious workers and business people whose work may violate some yet to be written law. Hong Kong’s legal system offers greater protections than in...

San Diego synagogue shooting leaves one dead and three injured

John Earnest, a 19-year-old man, has been held by the San Diego police for questioning following a shooting at a synagogue on Saturday which left one dead and three injured. Lori Gilbert Kaye, a 60-year-old woman was killed in the shooting as she threw herself in front of the rabbi to save his life. The motive for the attack has not been confirmed but investigators are analysing social media and an “open letter” which was posted by the suspect before the attack. In his letter, the suspect claimed to have been motivated by the Christchurch attack and another shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of...

Sudanese protesters demand civilian rule

Protesters in Sudan continue their call for civilian rule during the first meeting between a panel of protesters and the military council. Demands from the demonstrators include a four-year transition period to make the necessary arrangements to get rid of the former regime, to implement transitional justice and to prepare for real and decent elections. “We need a civilian government to set up a foundation for a modern Sudan followed by elections that have integrity and represent the will of the people,” one protester said. The military council have resisted calls for transition to a civilian...

Kurdish activists occupy Amnesty International HQ

Kurdish activists and friends have been occupying Amnesty International headquarters in London since Wednesday to shed light on the Kurdish hunger strikes. More than 7,000 people, mainly political prisoners jailed in Turkey, are on indefinite hunger strike to demand Kurdistan’s worker’s Party leader, Abdullah Ocalan, the right to visits by his lawyers and family. Ocalan has been detained since 1999 and has not been allowed to see to his lawyer since 2011 and his family since 2016.

Venezuelan refugees suspected to have drowned en route to Trinidad

Over 30 Venezuelan refugees are missing and are suspected to have drowned after their boat capsized while travelling to Trinidad. The fishing boat, Jhonnaly Jose, sank just 5km from the Venezuelan coast in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The boat recorded 25 passengers but sources say additional passengers boarded unlogged. All passengers were aged between 17 and 28 and were mostly women. Four survivors have been found, including the captain, Francisco Martinez. Most passengers are likely to have been leaving the country to escape the ongoing social and economic crisis.Many Venezuelans...

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