‘The right time to allow people to express self-determination’ - KRG

The people of Kurdistan should be allowed to express their right to self-determination, said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the US, defending the decision to hold an independence referendum later this year. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman told The Canadian Press that the people of Kurdistan “have done our best to be partners in Iraq; it has not worked”. “We believe this is the right time to allow the people of Kurdistan to exercise their democratic right, a right that people across the world have, to express their self-determination,” she continued. She went on to call on...

Indigenous groups protest Canada's 150th independence day

Indigenous people across Canada have boycotted the country’s 150th independence day celebrations, instead holding events to raise awareness and protest the glorification of colonialism and indigenous genocide.

Sudan to extend ceasefire with militants in anticipation of lifting US trade embargo

Sudan will extend a unilateral ceasefire with militants until the end of October said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Sunday. The decision comes as the United States plans to lift a 20 year old trade embargo against Sudan in 2 weeks’ time. On January 15, Mr Bashir extended the ceasefire for six months in response to the US move, reports Reuters. The US said that it would unfreeze Sudanese assets and lift financial sanctions as a response to Sudan’s cooperation in fighting Islamic State and other militants groups. Fighting between Sudan’s army and militants in the Kordofan and Blue Nile...

French banking giant BNP Paribas accused of complicity in Rwandan genocide

The French banking giant BNP Paribas has been accused of complicity in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, with three civil society groups filing a lawsuit claiming the bank transferred $1.3 million that was used to purchase weapons, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo. The groups (Sherpa, the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda and Ibuka France) allege that one month after the U.N. implemented an arms embargo against Rwanda, the bank agreed to transfer the funds from the account of the National Rwandan Bank to a South African arms dealer's Swiss bank account. They say the arms dealer then...

Myanmar refuses entry to UN investigators

Myanmar will refuse entry to United Nations investigators focusing on allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims reports The Guardian. The government previously said it would not cooperate with United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution that mandated a mission to investigate human rights violations by security forces in Myanmar. The permanent secretary at the Myanmar’s ministry of foreign affairs, Kyaw Zeya, said, “If they are going to send someone with regards to the fact-finding mission, then there’s no reason for us to let them come.” The...

Northern Ireland power sharing deal unlikely in coming days says Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said that, due to a lack of urgency, Northern Ireland’s political parties were unlikely to reach a deal to restore the province’s power-sharing agreement in the next few days. The power-sharing government of Northern Ireland, brought about through the Good Friday Agreement, collapsed in January this year. The agreement mandates a compulsory coalition of Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists. If power-sharing is not restored, Northern Ireland could have to revert to direct rule from London for the first time in a decade reports Reuters. Stressing that a...

Court finds UN peacekeepers partly responsible for Srebrenica massacre

A court at The Hague has ruled that Dutch peacekeepers under the command of the United Nations were partly responsible for the massacre of at least 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Serbian troops at Srebrenica in 1996. The killings, which have been recognised as a genocide, took place as thousands of Muslims fled to Srebrenica’s UN-designated safe zone and to a nearby Dutch UN peacekeeper base. Peacekeepers subsequently expelled them and handed them to Serbian soldiers. The court ruling upheld a 2014 judgment that found the Netherlands was liable for the deaths of the men and boys, who were...

Theresa May to form Conservative minority government as shock UK general election results return hung parliament

The British Conservative Party will attempt to form a minority government, after failing to return a majority at general elections yesterday. Despite losing 12 seats, the Conservatives were the largest party but failure to attain the 326 seats needed for a parliamentary majority resulted in a hung parliament. Theresa May, Conservative leader and Prime Minister has said her party, with 318 seats, will continue to govern, with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, which returned 10 MPs from Northern Ireland. The snap general election was called by Ms May in April with a view to...

FARC hands over 30 percent of weapons

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Colombia stated that they have handed over 30 percent of their weapons to United Nation monitors – as per the terms established under the peace agreement. The remaining weapons are to be handed over by June 20 th – with approximately 7000 weapons to be surrendered before the FARC can transition into a political party. After five decades of war and peace negotiations, Colombia’s peace agreement with the FARC was ratified in December of last year.

Independence referendum for Kurdistan Region to be held on September 25

Kurdish President, Masoud Barzani, along with representatives of political parties within the Kurdistan Region, decided that an independence referendum would be held on September 25 th , 2017. “It will be on that day when the people of the Kurdistan Region, as well as those living in the disputed areas, will cast their votes on whether they accept independence for the Kurdistan,” the President’s website stated. Political parties have committed to resolving outstanding political and economic issues prior to the vote, while further agreeing to appoint representatives from the various parties...

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