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...

Nationalists in Myanmar condemns sedition charges against extremist monk Wirathu

Myanmar’s most prominent nationalist group has condemned sedition charges brought against one of its leading members, Ashin Wirathu, after he had made defamatory remarks about State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the government. Wirathu had previously been arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2003 for preaching ultranationalism and anti-Muslim ideas but was released in 2012. Since the defamatory remarks on the 5 May, he has been able to avoid arrest. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture released a statement which read that those who do not uphold the morals of the...

Four police killed in Cameroon by a suspected separatist bomb

A suspected separatist attack has killed four police and wounded six in Cameroon’s English speaking region. The attack follows another attack in the south-west district of Eyumojock on Saturday. No group has claimed responsibility for the most recent attack. The most recent attack marks the first deadly strike using a bomb. The government released a statement which stated: “The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law,” These recent attacks put at risk peace negotiations which the opposing sides had claimed...

19 killed in Burkina Faso

An unidentified group killed 19 people and wounded 13 in and around the town, Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government reports. Reuters notes that over 150,000 have been forcibly displaced due to Islamist violence and hundreds of people have been killed in the last few months across the Shel region. In December, the government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali. This was extended by six months after jihadists attacked civilians in Arbinda’s Soum province. The government has responded to the latest attack by launching a search operation...