UN approves draft resolution supporting Guam self-determination

A special committee of the United Nations last month, approved a draft resolution calling upon the US to “take into consideration the expressed will of Guam’s Chamorro people. As supported by Guam voters in the referendum of 1987 and as subsequently provided for in Guam law regarding Chamorro self-determination efforts.” The draft resolution also calls on the US to “continue to transfer land to the territory’s original landowners, continue to recognise and respect the political rights as well as the cultural and ethnic identity of Guam’s Chamorro people, and continue to take all measures...

High ranking former Argentinean navy officials sentenced to life for crimes against humanity

Two former Argentinean navy officials have been sentenced to life for crimes against humanity committed under military rule between 1976 to 1983. Captains Alfredo Astiz and Jorge Eduardo Acosta were found guilty of involvement in torture and murder of hundreds of political opponents, reports the BBC. The two high ranking military officials were among a group of 54 people that faced sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years. It is estimated that 30,000 people were killed after a military junta led by General Jorge Rafael Videla took power of Argentina. The military regime operated secret torture...

Washington Holocaust museum to open exhibition on Syrian genocide

An exhibition on genocide in Syria is to open at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. In addition to documenting Nazi crimes, the Holocaust Museum, on Washington’s National Mall, is also tasked with alerting against modern-day genocides. As such, the Syrian civil war is on the museum’s watchlist as one of the most serious ongoing mass atrocities. “We want people to leave our permanent exhibition on the Holocaust, where they might ask themselves ‘What would I have done had I been in Germany in the 1930s?’” said Cameron Hudson, director of the museum’s center for prevention of...

Bosnian Croat military general dies after drinking poison during war crimes sentence at the Hague

A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison in whilst receiving his war crimes sentence at the Hague. Seconds after the judges of the UN mandated tribunal sentenced him to 20 years, Slobodan Praljak, shouted “Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict. I just drank poison.” An official statement from the International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia ICTY, said, “Mr Slobodan Paljak, one of six defence appellants in the Prlic et al case passed away today in HMC hospital in The Hague. During the public pronouncement of the appeal judgement the appeals chamber...

UN committee sets deadline for Myanmar to submit report detailing military held responsible for atrocities

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) called on Myanmar to provide an “exceptional” report with information concerning sexual violence and rape against Rohingya women by state security forces. The experts requested information on “investigations arrests, prosecutions, convictions and sentences or disciplinary measures imposed on perpetrators, including members of the armed forces, found guilty of such crimes,” reports Reuters. In statement release today, CEDAW said, “The Committee requested information concerning cases of sexual violence,...

Ousted Catalan leader reaffirms commitment to delivering independence for Catalonia

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who was expelled by Spain’s central government after Catalonia’s independence referendum, reaffirmed his commitment to make the region an independent state. Speaking from Belgium, whilst awaiting a Spanish court verdict that could see him imprisoned for 30 years, Mr Pugdemont said, “The people of Catalonia have shown the world we have the capacity and the will to become an independent state.” Catalonia’s Deputy President Oriol Junqueras and half the rest of Catalan’s ousted cabinet remain in prison. Mr Puigdemont currently faces charges of rebellion...

Myanmar and Bangladesh agree to UN assistance for Rohingya refugee repatriation

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to accept UN assistance to start the repatriation process for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, said Reuters. Speaking at a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said, “Both countries agreed to take help from te UNHCR in the Rohingya repatriation process. Myanmar will take its assistance as per their requirement. Myanmar officials said that returnees will be moved to camps only temporarily while ‘model villages’ are constructed near their former homes, reports Reuters. The US and...

Over 200 worshipers killed in Egypt Mosque attack

At least 235 people have been killed with several more injured in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in the north Sinai region of Egypt. A bomb exploded in the mosque during Friday prayers followed by four gunmen who opened fire on worshipers. Speaking immediately after the attacks, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al Sisi, said, “This act will only increase our will and unity. The police and military will avenge our martyrs and restore peace and security. We will respond with brute force to combat these terrorists and deviants.. this is an attempt to deter us from fighting terrorism and to...

US condemns ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, stresses need for accountability and threatens sanctions

The United States has condemned the Myanmar’s military actions against the Rohingya communtiy and labelled the crimes committed as ethnic cleansing. A press release made by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after returning from Myanmar, read, “These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children to flee their homes in Burma to seek refuge in Bangladesh. After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine...

Former Bosnian Serb commander Mladic prosecuted for genocide

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, during a historic hearing at the Hague, was sentenced to life in prison for a litany of crimes including genocide. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) set up by the United Nations, convicted Mr Mladic of 10 crimes including extermination, murder and persecution of civilian populations. The former army general faced two charges of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and four violations of the laws of customs of war. The verdict, which took place in The Hague, faced several disruptions as Mr Mladic refused to...

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