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4,000 internally displaced people homeless after forces destroy camps in Somalia

The Guardian reported that Somali security forces “destroyed” 23 camps that were home to more than 4,000 internally displaced Somalis in late December 2017, according to the United Nations. Two weeks following this, these families “are still living rough in the outskirts of Mogadishu,” the Guardian said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)…

UN human rights chief condemns rise in civilian casualties in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, Idlib

According to an announcement from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has “condemned” the rise in civilian casualties in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta (near Damascus) “amid the recent escalation in airstrikes and ground-based attacks by Government forces and their allies”. Zeid said Eastern Ghouta…

Myanmar army admits killing of Rohingya for the first time

The BBC reported that Myanmar’s army has for the first time acknowledged that its personnel “were involved in the killing of Rohingya Muslims” in its Rakhine state. Myanmar’s army said that an enquiry had revealed that four members of Myanmar’s security forces “were involved in the killing of 10 people in Inn Din village near Maungdaw,” the…

Sharp increase in civilians killed by explosive weapons in 2017

The Guardian reported that, according to a global survey it was able to access, explosive weapons killed more than 15,000 civilians in 2017, indicating a 42% spike in a year. According to the Guardian, the increase was spurred by airstrikes, “which killed almost double the number of civilians in 2017 compared with the previous year,” and corresponded…

10,000 killed in Chinese suppression of Tiananmen Square protests

The BBC reported that the Chinese army’s violent suppressing of the Tiananmen Square protests of June 1989 resulted in at least 10,000 deaths, according to British documents that have just been made public. This number was supplied by then British ambassador to China Alan Donald, in a secret diplomatic cable. Donald said his source was…

UN Special Rapporteur denied access to Myanmar

Myanmar’s government has notified United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee that she has been denied access to the country, and cooperation has been rescinded for the length of her term. Lee, who was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar in 2014, said, “This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a…

Amnesty International release report on attacks on Human Rights Defenders

Amnesty’s report, titled ‘Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced Disappearances of Those who Defend Human Rights’ notes that since the Declaration on HRDs was adopted two decades ago, “human rights defenders across the globe have faced an onslaught of harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, restrictions, unjust prosecution and detention – which continues to this day.” The report says…

HRW reports on shoddy prosecution of ISIS suspects

According to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, Iraq’s government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in their efforts to prosecute several thousand ISIS suspects, lack a “national strategy” to ensure that prosecutions of those who have committed the “worst abuses” take priority, or to levy charges that apply to the “broad range of crimes”…

UN warns of “imminent catastrophe” in Yemen

Several heads of UN agencies as well as other senior humanitarian officials issued a statement this weekend saying that Yemen’s cities are facing a major water shortage, with seven cities’ water networks lacking fuel and being “dependent on humanitarian organizations to fill in the gap”. The statement noted that if the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade on…

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You can Help Save Scientist Sentenced to Death in Iran

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian born Swedish resident and expert in disaster medicine has been sentenced to death by Iranian authorities on charges of espionage. Dr. Djalai is a medical doctor and university lecturer. He has studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. He was arrested in April last year when he was visiting…

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