Germany discusses possible reparations over Namibia genocide

Germany is to hold discussions with the Namibia government regarding an official apology and possible reparations for the genocide of the Herero and Namaqua people by German troops at the beginning of the 20th century, The Guardian Tens of thousands of Herero and Namaqua men, women and children were shot dead by troops or starved to death in camps. The genocide is considered the first of the century. An official apology is expected to be finalisted before June 2017, the paper reported. See more here .

US authorities arrest Serbian man for lying over war crimes

US federal authorities have arrested a Serbian man, after it was reported he lied about his involvement in war crimes to immigration officials. Alexander Kneginich was arrested in Michigan this week after he failed to inform authorities about both the time he served in the Bosnian Serb military and his subsequent conviction for the killing of two Muslim civilians in 1994. Mr Kneginich faces up to 10 years imprisonment as well as deportation to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

EU trade deal with Morocco does not cover Western Sahara - ECJ

The European Court of Justice ruled that a recently signed trade deal with Morocco would not cover Western Sahara, in a ruling that has been hailed by pro-independence activists. The court ruling, related to two trade deals from 2000 and 2012, said that for the purposes of the trade agreement the term "territory of the Kingdom of Morocco" did not include Western Sahara. "It does not appear that this people has consented to the agreement being applied to Western Sahara," the court said. The Polisario Front claimed the ruling as a victory, with their representative to Europe, Mohamed Sidati,...

UN Security Council resolution demands end to Israeli settlements

UN Security Council votes affirmatively towards resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity by Israel on occupied Palestinian territory – with 14 votes in favor of the resolution and the United States abstaining. The resolution is the first adopted on Israel and Palestine in approximately eight years. While the US’s decision to abstain serves a great rebuke against Israel in recent history. "This is not a resolution against settlements, it is an anti-Israel resolution, against the Jewish people and the state of the Jews. The United States tonight has simply abandoned its only friend...

Hundreds arrested after self determination protest West Papua

More than 500 people have been arrested in West Papua after protests on the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian military occupation of the region last week. TeleSUR English reported that a total of 528 people were arrested by Indonesian authorities, with at least one report of a protestor being tortured by security forces. Several children are also thought to be amongst those detained. West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda said in a statement that in “this year alone over 4,800 people have been unlawfully arrested and many others killed and tortured by the Indonesian military and police...

Bosnian authorities make arrests over war crimes

Bosnian authorities have arrested two people this week over alleged war crimes committed more than 20 years ago. The State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested Bosiljko Kraljevic, a former member of the ‘Klis’ First Battalion of the Third Brigade of the Croatian Defence Council, over allegations over his involvement in war crimes committed in 1993. The prosecution added that it seized weapons used during the war, “as well as some military documentation and other evidence related to the war period”. Meanwhile a former Bosnian Army soldier was arrested on suspicion of committing war...

UN mandates special team to consolidate evidence and prosecute for war crimes in Syria

The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish an investigative body to “collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence,” as well as prepare cases on war crimes and human rights abuses committed during the conflict in Syria, reports the Telegraph. The resolution, tabled by Liechtenstein, passed with a vote 105 to 15 with 52 abstentions, with objections from Syria and Russia. The special team is expected to prepare files in order to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or...

Cameroon urged to investigate deaths during Anglophone protests

International organizations are calling for an investigation after security forces killed at least four people during protests in Anglophone regions of Cameroon. Amnesty International describes actions taken by the state to be excessive – as security forces fired live ammunition and teargas at a market despite the lack of evidence that protests were in fact taking place. Unrest in two English-speaking regions has developed over the past month due to claims of discrimination. A protestor in Kumba states, “Southern Cameroonians do not benefit anything from the French Cameroon. We want this to...

Manhunt over Berlin lorry attack

An international manhunt is now on the way as authorities attempt to apprehend the driver of a truck which was intentionally driven into Berlin's iconic Christmas market killing 12. Witnesses said they saw a masked man escape from the truck and run away from the scene. A suspect who was arrested following the incident was released yestereday cleared off any involvement. The incident, which echoed the lorry attack in France on Bastilles Day earlier this year, has been claimed by Islamic State.

Andrey Karlov, Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot and killed in Ankara while giving a speech at an embassy sponsored photo exhibition. The assailant was identified as a 22 year-old off duty police officer. After shooting the ambassador the assailant referenced Aleppo: “Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria.” "Whoever took part in this cruelty will pay the price, one by one ... Only death will take me from here," he stated in Turkish. "We are the descendants of those who supported the Prophet Muhammad, for jihad," he said. Ankara’s Mayor Melih Gokcek, told reporters that the attack was aimed to disrupt...

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