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Israeli Settlements in West Bank do not violate Int’l Law: US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the reversal of decades of American policy that may doom any peace efforts. Washington — The Trump administration declared on Monday that the United States does not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and removing what has been an important barrier to ... Read More »

Investigation to uncover the truth over Rohingya: ICC

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has welcomed the decision to authorise an investigation into crimes committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar saying her investigation will seek to uncover the truth. “My Office will now focus on ensuring the success of its independent and impartial investigation,” she said in a statement on Thursday night. The ICC Prosecutor said this is ... Read More »

Europe: Tear down those walls!

by David Gow on 9th November 2019 @gowdav It may be three decades since the Berlin wall came down but too many others have recently proliferated. ‘Die Mauer in den Köpfen’ (the wall in the heads) is a phrase I first heard as a German correspondent in the 1990s, not that long after the October 1990 celebrations of reunification at ... Read More »

Israeli Supreme Court greenlights deporting HRW Director

Jerusalem – The Israeli Supreme Court on November 5, 2019, upheld the Israeli government’s authority to deport Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch. The decision now shifts back to the Israeli government; if it proceeds with deportation, Shakir will have to leave Israel by November 25. Read More »

Afghanistan: CIA-backed forces commit atrocities: HRW

Disband All Irregular Paramilitary Forces, Cooperate With Independent Investigations New York – United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed Afghan forces have committed summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These strike forces have unlawfully killed civilians during night raids, forcibly disappeared detainees, and attacked healthcare facilities for allegedly treating insurgent ... Read More »