Turkey warns US to end support for YPG

The Turkish government on Thursday warned the United States to end its support for the YPG unit as Turkish troops launched an attack on Kurdish forces in Syria. The spokesperson for the Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan warned that continued support would lead to confrontation with Turkey, with anyone supporting the YPG becoming a potential target. Turkey condemned the YPG as a part of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which it deems a terrorist organisation. "Those who support the terrorist organisation will become a target in this battle. The United States needs to review its soldiers and...

Trump warns Palestinians of aid cut if they do not 'negotiate peace' with Israel

The US president Donald Trump on Thursday warned Palestinians that the US could pull aid if, he said, they did not 'negotiate peace' with Israel. “When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands - that money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace,” he added. The Palestinian president remaind defiant however, stating that the US could no longer have a role in the negotiations. “...

Catalan parliament nominates Puigdemont as leader

Defying warnings from Madrid, Catalonia's parliament has nominated the former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont to serve again as its leader. Mr Puigdemont, who was sacked by Spain following the region's referendum for independence and Catanonia's unilateral declaration of independence, has been living in Belgium since he fled in October. His colleagues and fellow pro-independence supporters were arrested and charged with sedition. The parliament's decision has been met with anger by Madrid, which says it will prevent Mr Puigdemont from ruling the region from exile. Mr Puigdemont remains...

US seeks to denaturalise former Bosnian paramilitary accused of war crimes

The United States has filed a denaturalisation complaint against a 51 year old Bosnian man who is accused of committing extrajudicial killings whilst he was a member of a paramilitary group in the former Yugoslavia int he 1990s. Eso Razic is accused of killing three people including a wounded prisoner of war, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. “This denaturalization filing demonstrates the U.S. government’s enduring commitment to identify and bring to justice those who have committed human rights violations in any part of the world,” said ICE HSI Deputy Executive...

US warns Kosovo of 'harsh consequences' if parliament votes to halt war crimes court

The United States has warned Kosovo of 'harsh consequences' if the the country's parliament votes to halt the war crimes court examining crimes committed by ethnic Albanians against Serbs during the 1998 war, Reuters reports. such a move was previously stopped following US and EU pressure. However, since then, a parliamentary committee has been looking into establishing a vote to revoke legislation on setting up a war crimes court. The US ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie was quoted by the news wire as saying “the politicians ... despite their denials, would be subject to specific and harsh...

African Union demands retraction from Trump over racist remarks

Following emergency meetings the African Union missions to the US and the United Nations having issued statements expressing their outrage at the US president, Donald Trump describing African and Central American nations as "shitholes countries", and demanded an apology and retraction. The African Group of Ambassadors to the UN said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks". The group also expressed concern at the "continuing and growing trend from the US administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the...

Myanmar’s army admits killing Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s military has admitted for the first time that it has been involved in the killing of Rohingya Muslims, in a statement released earlier today. A statement from the military commander-in-chief said that the four soldiers had killed 10 "Bengali terrorists" in Inn Din village near Maungdaw. "It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists," said the statement posted on social media. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists." The military went on to state, "the army will...

Court indicts fourteen Bosnian Muslims over war crimes against Serbs

A court in Sarajevo has indicted 14 Bosnian Muslim men accused of committing crimes against Bosnian Serb civilians during the conflict in the region. The Sarajevo state prosecutor’s office said the men are accused of war crimes “including murder of several dozens Serb civilians, both men and women of different age, torture, robbery and persecution of nearly the whole Serb population from the Konjic area”. The state prosecutor also indicted a further four Bosnian Serb army officers earlier that week for committing war crimes against Bosnian Muslims. “The women were raped and sexually molested...

Amnesty International welcomes release of political prisoners in Ethiopia

Amnesty International has hailed the release of political prisoners in Ethiopia as a move that “could signal new chapter for human rights” last week. Fisseha Tekle, Ethiopia Researcher at Amnesty International said the announcement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn “could signal the end of an era of bloody repression in Ethiopia”. “For prisoners who have spent years incarcerated on politically motivated and trumped-up charges, this is long overdue,” a statement added. Amnesty International went on to call on the Ethiopian authorities to implement the decision “as quickly as...

UN experts warn of ‘massive human rights abuses’ in Philippines

United Nations Special Rapporteurs have warned of “massive” human rights abuses that are taking place in Mindanao in the Philippines, where the military is currently carrying out operations. UN special rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples and internally displaced people, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, said the Muslim population on the island is "suffering massive abuses of their human rights, some of which are potentially irreversible". "We fear the situation could deteriorate further if the extension of martial law until the end of 2018 results in even greater...

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