Genocide Watch Report July 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Genocide Watch has creatively adapted its work to predict, prevent, stop and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder while ensuring the safety of our staff and our Alliance Against Genocide member organizations. Genocide Watch staff must work virtually, rather than in person in an office. Rather than allowing the pandemic to handicap our work, Genocide Watch has thrived. Using the power of virtual communications, Genocide Watch has conducted hundreds of meetings with its ten person staff in the US, Canada, the UK, and Spain. Our three-person Management Team is located in Northern Virginia and Montreal, Canada. Genocide Watch has actively parti

USCIRF Applauds Global Magnitsky Sanctions Against Xinjiang Entity

Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today applauded the U.S. Department of Treasury’s designation of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) under the Global Magnitsky Act for committing egregious religious freedom violations against Uyghur and other Muslims. “For years, we have advocated for sanctioning the XPCC. This announcement is a significant step even beyond the sanctions announced earlier this month against senior Communist Party officials,” USCIRF Commissioner Nury Turkel stated. “The XPCC is essentially a parallel government in Xinjiang and has been directly involved in implementing the surveillance, mass detention

9 Civilians Die in Two Attacks in Northern Mozambique

CABO DELGADO, MOZAMBIQUE/WASHINGTON - At least nine civilians were killed in new attacks carried out by Islamist insurgents in the restive province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique, local sources said. The attacks on the districts of Mocimboa da Praia and Macomia of Cabo Delgado on Wednesday forced the local population to flee their homes, seeking safety in nearby woods, residents told VOA. A group of armed men “hooded with Islamic handkerchiefs” invaded the village of Tandacua in Macomia, searching for food, according to a local resident. The insurgents “arrived around 6 in the evening [local time], so many residents fled the village,” the resident, who declined to give his name, told

Bombing kills 18 in Afghanistan on eve of Eid ceasefire

KABUL (Reuters) - At least 18 people, including Afghan security forces personnel, were killed in a suspected car-bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, hours before a three-day ceasefire was to begin in the country for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, officials said. The ceasefire, announced by the Taliban, comes at a time violence has risen across the war-torn country as U.S.-brokered peace talks between the militant group and an Afghan government-mandated committee await the completion of a prisoner exchange between the two sides. The Taliban denied responsibility for the bombing in a statement from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. The explosion targeted Afghan security forces in Pul-

Zimbabwe election violence: No closure for families two years on

Relatives who lost loved ones in a 2018 army clampdown on opposition protesters still wait for compensation and answers Harare, Zimbabwe - Allison Charles is still haunted by the image of her brother's lifeless body lying in a pool of blood. "They just shot him like he was a dog and left his body on the street," she said. Gavin Dean Charles, 48, was one of the six people killed in Zimbabwe's capital two years ago when soldiers opened fire on opposition supporters protesting against what they said was an attempt by the governing ZANU-PF party to steal tightly contested elections. Many other demonstrators were wounded in the army clampdown in Harare's central business district on August 1, 201

The Dictator Who Waged War on Darfur Is Gone, but the Killing Goes On

The ouster of Sudan’s longtime ruler last year stoked hopes for peace in brutalized Darfur. But violence has surged amid fresh accusations against Sudan’s security forces. CAIRO — On camels, horses and motorbikes, dozens of Arab militiamen stormed into the remote village in Darfur, in western Sudan, firing wildly, witnesses said. Houses were pillaged, animals stolen and water tanks smashed. Villagers ran for their lives. United Nations peacekeepers scrambled to the scene but said they found the road blocked by obstacles placed in their way, and continued on foot. When they arrived after two and a half hours, it was too late. At least nine people lay dead, including a 15-year-old boy, and ano

Jubilee Campaign submits reports to the UN in advance of the 37th session of the UPR

Jubilee Campaign has recently submitted reports on Mauritania, Myanmar, Nepal, and Rwanda for the upcoming 37th session of the Universal Periodic Review. What is the UPR? Every four years, the United Nations Human Rights Council reviews nations' compliance with international human rights obligations as well as the nations' recent improvements and setbacks in the area of human rights. NGOs and UN bodies submit reports on country conditions to complement the states under review's own official reports. Recommendations to the country under review are made by multiple nations, and these recommendations are then either noted (not accepted) or supported by the state under review. This year was slig

Affaire de l’attentat de 1994 au Rwanda: l'analyse de l’historien français François Robinet

Le 3 juillet dernier, la Cour d’appel de Paris confirmait le non-lieu dans l’affaire de l’attentat de 1994 contre l’avion du président rwandais Juvénal Habyarimana, attentat considéré comme le déclencheur du génocide. La justice française lève donc les poursuites contre les proches de l’actuel président rwandais Paul Kagamé. Après cette décision rendue à huis clos, RFI a pu consulter cet arrêt, où l’on peut lire les motivations des juges. L’analyse de l’historien François Robinet, spécialiste du Rwanda et des relations franco-rwandaises. RFI : Après vingt-deux ans d’enquête cet arrêt de la Cour d’appel signifie-t-il que la justice française ne désigne aucun coupable ? François Robinet : En t

Au Bénin, les médias en ligne sommés de cesser leur activité

L’instance de régulation de l’audiovisuel a publié un discret communiqué, début juillet, menaçant les sites Internet de « mettre fin à toutes publications ». Les autorités du Bénin ont récemment « ordonné » aux sites d’information en ligne de fermer et de mettre la clé sous la porte : un coup dur pour le secteur des médias, déjà précaire et soumis à une importante pression du pouvoir. La Haute Autorité de l’audiovisuel et de la communication (HAAC), instance de régulation des médias béninois, a publié un discret communiqué, début juillet, menaçant les « médias en ligne de mettre fin à toutes publications sous peine de se voir appliquer la rigueur de la loi ». L’institution assure constater «

Cameroon: Civilians Killed in Anglophone Regions

(Nairobi) – Cameroonian armed forces have attacked a health facility in the North-West region and arbitrarily arrested seven health workers in the South-West, while armed separatists have killed at least six civilians, including a humanitarian worker and a teacher, since May 2020. The violence took place despite peace talks between the government and jailed leaders of the Ambazonia Interim Government (IG), a separatist group, on June 16. Other separatist groups, such as the ‘Ambazonia Governing Council’ and a splinter faction of the IG did not participate. “The talks between the government and separatist leaders should include ensuring respect for human rights and accountability for abus

Boko Haram's tactics terrorize children in Nigeria

Second Country Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Nigeria Boys and girls in northeast Nigeria continued to endure gruesome violations at the hands of Boko Haram and to be deeply affected by military operations against the group by Government Forces despite noteworthy efforts and commitments, highlighted the second country report of Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Nigeria released today. The report described 5,741 grave violations against children between January 2017 and December 2019 in Nigeria; incidents in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger were also reflected in the context of the spillover of Boko Haram’s activities beyond Nigeria’s b

The Never Again Association Releases 'Racism Returns to the Stadiums'

After a break in live-audience football games caused by the epidemic, racist slogans and banners have returned to stadiums. The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association noted a surge in activity of those who use football to manifest their endorsement of Janusz Walus, a Polish-born far-right activist serving a life sentence for a racist murder in the Republic of South Africa. During a top flight match between teams Lechia Gdansk and Legia Warszawa (15 July), hooligans from Gdansk again displayed a banner with Walus’s name and picture and the slogan ‘Nothing will break you, you’re not alone’ and faced no consequences. No disciplinary action was taken by the Polish football authorities despite this being yet

Caught between climate crisis and armed violence in Burkina Faso

Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso - Growing up in a community of farmers in northern Burkina Faso, KI, who prefers that his full name not be used for safety reasons, never wanted for much. His family ate what they sowed and bred enough cattle to feel financially secure. But now, for the first time in his life, the 65-year-old does not know how he is going to survive the months ahead. Decades of climate change and years of increasing violence by armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) armed group as well as local defence forces - a combination of community volunteers armed by the government and groups who have taken up arms on their own - have pushed KI's once comfortable family into pover

U.N. says nearly 3,500 Afghans killed or hurt in first half of 2020

KABUL (Reuters) - More than 1,280 Afghan civilians have been killed in the first six months of the year as fighting rages in Afghanistan despite a pact between the United States and Taliban militants, the United Nations said on Monday. The violence, mainly between Afghan government forces and the Taliban, killed 1,282 and injured 2,176 for a tally of 3,458 civilian casualties, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. “The reality remains that Afghanistan continues to be one of the deadliest conflicts in the world for civilians,” it said in the mid-year report. Despite a drop of 13% in casualties from the corresponding period last year, UNAMA said the Taliban conti

Dozens killed in renewed violence in Sudan's Darfur: UN

UN reports killing of more than 60 people in Darfur as Sudan PM promises fresh troops for the war-torn region. A new round of violence in Sudan's Darfur region has killed more than 60 people, the United Nations said on Sunday, as the country's prime minister promised fresh troops for the conflict-stricken region. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA) said about 500 armed men on Saturday attacked the village of Masteri, located 48km (30 miles) south of Geneina, the capital of West Darfur province. The latest clashes between the Masalit and other Arab tribes in the area started on Saturday and lasted until late Sunday, state-run SUNA news agency reported, c

En Centrafrique, la MINUSCA poursuit son appui au processus électoral

La Mission des Nations Unies en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) continue d’apporter un appui multidimensionnel au processus électoral dans le pays malgré les menaces sécuritaires que constituent certains groupes armés tels que les 3R. La République centrafricaine (RCA) doit organiser des élections présidentielle, législatives le 27 décembre 2020. Au cas où le scrutin présidentiel requiert un second tour, ce dernier devrait se tenir le 14 février 2021. Dans le cadre de la résolution 2499 adoptée le 15 novembre dernier par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies, la MINUSCA a notamment pour mandat d’aider les autorités centrafricaines à préparer et à organiser ces élections pacifiques en

Burundi: le représentant d'une association tutsie détenu depuis six jours

Therence Mushano, un activiste de la société civile, est en garde à vue, officiellement pour « atteinte à la sécurité intérieure ». Le vice-président d’une association tutsi de lutte contre le génocide a été arrêté en compagnie de trois journalistes du média Iwacu, qui l’interviewaient sur le parking de l’aéroport Melchior Ndadaye de Bujumbura. Iwacu est l’un des derniers médias indépendants à exercer encore dans le pays. L'interview venait de commencer. Le sujet de l'entretien portait sur la commémoration officielle du 25e massacre d’étudiants hutus en 1995, le seul triste événement du genre célébré officiellement dans ce pays qui regorge de tels cas. L'arrestation vient alimenter la polémi

In protests-hit DRC, a fierce power struggle deepens

Tensions triggered by the potential appointment of a new electoral chief lay bare fragility of coalition government. On the surface, the recent protests that have swept across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surround the potential appointment of Ronsard Malonda as the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). But at the root, there is a fierce struggle for political power that dates back more than a decade. Malonda, the current secretary-general of CENI, was a senior figure involved in running the country's previous elections in 2006, 2011 and 2018. Critics have accused him of playing a historic role in rigging results in favour of former President Joseph

Afghan airstrike kills civilians and Taliban supporters at prisoner's homecoming

KABUL — Noor Rahmati said he and his family were driving away from a welcome-home celebration for a released Taliban prisoner in western Herat province Wednesday morning, when several Afghan army helicopters swooped low, firing and dropping bombs on the village compound. "We were inside the car and they hit us," said Rahmati, 28, a nurse and distant relative of the prisoner, speaking from a hospital ward in Herat city Thursday morning. He said more than 200 people came for the event, which took place in a Taliban-controlled region. "I lost three family members, and five were wounded." The airstrikes were confirmed by the Afghan Defense Ministry, and unconfirmed reports indicated that as many

West African leaders on high-stakes mission to end Mali standoff

West African leaders have arrived in Bamako on a high-stakes mission aimed at defusing Mali's weeks-long political crisis that has raised concerns of further instability in a country grappling with multiple crises, including an escalating conflict. The visit on Thursday by the presidents of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal comes days after a mediation mission by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS failed to break the deadlock. The foreign leaders are expected to meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and key figures of the opposition coalition behind the protests, known as the June 5 Movement. "It will be difficult to rebuff presidents who come to help bring back peace

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