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Court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

‘The ICJ finds that there is a real and imminent risk’ The International Court of Justice has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The decision comes despite de facto leader Aun San Suu Kyi personally defending her country against the accusations last month. Thousands of Rohingya died and more than 700,000 fled to Bangladesh during ... Read More »

2019: A Year in Review

By IPS World Desk Dec 2019 (IPS) – 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate crisis shook us all. Hopefully, it will also be remembered for the fightback manifested in the spread of mass protests and civic movements against governments and industries failing to respond. Read More »

Opposition building against citizenship law across India

Thousands of university students flooded the streets of India’s capital, while a southern state government led a march and demonstrators held a silent protest in the northeast on Monday to protest a new law giving citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India illegally to flee religious persecution in several neighboring countries. Read More »

The nine-year-old Palestinian with 100 wounds

By Ramzy Baroud Kafr Qaddum is a small Palestinian village located between Nablus and Qalqilya in the northern West Bank. The inhabitants of the village feel angry and abandoned, with most of their land located under total Israeli military control. Thus, they are subjected to land theft by the ever-expanding nearby illegal Jewish colonies. Protesting the Israeli occupation and the ... Read More »

The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

By Thalif Deen UN, Dec 12 2019 (IPS) – Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to ... Read More »

Suu Kyi denies Myanmar genocide allegations at top UN court

THE HAGUE, December 11, AP/UNB – Myanmar’s former pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday denied that her country’s armed forces committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, telling the U.N.’s top court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Muslims was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents. Read More »

India’s Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

Draft Law Favors Hindus, Other Non-Muslim Immigrants On December 11, India’s upper house of parliament also passed the bill. It will now become law after the president of India gives his assent. New York – The Indian government’s proposed law to grant citizenship based on religion violates India’s international legal obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, ... Read More »

Five lessons for journalism in the age of rage

by Karin Pettersson on 25th November 2019 @AB_Karin For Karin Pettersson, journalism has never been more challenging—and never more important. The news-media industry has long lamented about how the digital revolution has broken its business models. Today, a majority of digital advertising money goes to Facebook and Google, and media companies are struggling to reinvent themselves through digital subscriptions. But ... 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 »

Thailand: Peaceful critics prosecuted – HRW

Repeal or Amend Laws Criminalizing Speech, Assembly London – Thai authorities over five years of military rule prosecuted numerous peaceful critics of the government to stay in power, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Concerned governments should press Thailand to protect the rights to expression and assembly, and reform laws penalizing peaceful speech to bring them in ... Read More »