UN says Facebook has not shared 'evidence' of Myanmar crime

UN investigators say Facebook played a key role in spreading hate speech that fuelled the violence against Rohingya. The head of a UN investigative body on Myanmar said Facebook has not released evidence of "serious international crimes", despite promising to work with investigators looking into abuses in the country including against the majority-Muslim Rohingya. Nicholas Koumjian, head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM), told the Reuters news agency the social media giant was holding material "highly relevant and probative of serious international crimes" but had not shared any during year-long talks. He declined to give details of the material the IIMM had asked

Genocide Watch: Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has cracked down on journalists, activists, nongovernmental organizations, and the political opposition. Arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies continue with impunity. Blasphemy-related violence against religious minorities, such as Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and others, fostered by government persecution and discriminatory laws, is frequent. Women, religious minorities, and transgender people continue to face violence, with authorities often failing to provide adequate protection or hold perpetrators accountable. For decades, the Pakistan Penal Code has been used against anyone who is perceived to insult Islam. T

Thai king stays silent on protesters' call for reform of monarchy

Maha Vajiralongkorn urges 'order and peace' in the country as he swears in a new cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has called for "order and peace" in the country but stayed silent about the recent anti-government student protests that have urged reforms of the powerful monarchy, as he swore in a new cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The ceremony on Wednesday marked the king's first public appearance since the nearly unprecedented calls in two student-led protests for curbing the new powers King Vajiralongkorn has amassed since taking the throne after the death of his father in 2016. The king, as head of state, gave his blessing to the new cabi

Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from contesting election

Most Rohingya not considered citizens and will have no vote, living in what Amnesty describes 'apartheid' conditions. A Rohingya Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar's upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the "ongoing genocide" against the persecuted minority. A 2017 military operation drove 750,000 Rohingya out of the country into sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, prompting genocide charges at the UN's top court. Myanmar has denied the allegations and justified the military operations as a means of rooting out "terrorists". Another 600,000 Rohingya remain in Myanmar, but most are not regarded as citizens an

Indian journalists assaulted by Hindu mob in New Delhi

Three journalists working for The Caravan magazine attacked in northeast Delhi, site of religious violence in February. Three Indian journalists were attacked by a Hindu mob while reporting on a story in the capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday, the journalists have told Al Jazeera. Journalist Shahid Tantray and two colleagues were filming for The Caravan magazine in northeast Delhi, which was hit by religious violence in February. At least 53 people were killed in that violence, most of them Muslims. Tantray, who is from Indian-administered Kashmir, said they were shooting video when a small group of Hindus, including a man who identified himself as a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (

Genocide Emergency: Burkina Faso

Since 2016, three armed Islamist groups, the Group for Support of Muslims (JNIM), the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), and Ansarul Islam, have reigned terror upon civilians in Burkina Faso. The violent insurgency has destabilized the country and produced one of the most alarming humanitarian crises on the continent. Since the insurgency began, civilian deaths have risen astronomically, up more than 650%. In the past 18 months alone, militants have killed more than 2,000 civilians, forced the internal displacement of 920,000 people, and necessitated humanitarian assistance for more than two million Burkinabés. After Islamist rebels seized power in northern Mali in 2012, a controver

Protests erupt in Belarus after "Europe's last dictator" claims election win

Riot police clashed with protesters in Belarus overnight after a government exit poll predicted Sunday President Aleksander Lukashenko, an authoritarian who has ruled the Eastern European country since 1994, had overwhelmingly defeated a pro-democracy opposition candidate. Why it matters: It's a precarious moment for the former Soviet republic, where decades of repression and a complete disregard for the coronavirus pandemic threaten to topple "Europe's last dictator." Rights groups said at least one protester was killed and dozens more wounded in a "police crackdown," per AP. The state of play: Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a teacher who replaced her husband on the ticket whe

Genocide Emergency: Cameroon

Since the 1960s, Cameroon’s Francophone-dominated government has instituted policies aimed at marginalizing the country’s minority Anglophone community. In late 2016, state security forces cracked down on Anglophone lawyers and teachers as they peacefully led civil rights demonstrations. This government repression animated Anglophone nationalism and led to both the formation and mobilization of an armed separatist movement. The separatist movement fractured into a number of smaller militias, including the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) and the Southern Cameroons Defense Forces (SOCADEF). In October 2017, the separatist groups collectively declared independence for the breakaway Republic of A

As Afghanistan struggles to start peace talks, violence fills the void

MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan — In one of the most heavily contested provinces in Afghanistan, the government's control ends just two miles from the governor's residence. Beyond that point, Taliban influence reigns. The balance of power in Wardak province held relatively steady for years. But since the signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal in February, Taliban influence has grown here and in other key parts of the country. An uptick in violence, aimed at giving the militant group leverage in upcoming talks with the Afghan government, has caused hundreds of civilian and combatant casualties, and is undermining local government officials. “It’s created a great distance between us and the people,” sa

ICON Releases Report Alleging Genocide Against Christians

The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), a nonprofit organisation working to secure a future for all Nigerians, has called on the USA and other responsible world governments to urgently intervene in what it described as allegedly genocide targeted at Christians in Nigeria. In its newly released report, ICON said that Nigeria is a ticking time, warning that if Nigeria Implodes ‘so will the whole of Africa. The report launched August 3, provided proofs of the religious persecution and genocide that has been occurring in Nigeria over the last 20 years including recent testimonies of some of the more than 60,000 victims in Nigeria; and statements from witnesses who are targeted specificall

Gunmen kill more than a dozen in attack in eastern Burkina Faso

Unidentified gunmen have killed about 20 people in an attack on a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso, the government said in a statement. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the village of Fada N'Gourma, around which the army is carrying out a search operation. "Unidentified armed individuals burst into a cattle market in Namoungou village in the region of Fada N'Gourma and attacked the population," the governor, Colonel Saidou Sanou, said in a statement on Friday. "According to an initial toll, around 20 people have been killed and numerous others wounded." Gunmen killed 25 people in an attack on another cattle market in the eastern village of Kompienga in Ma

Genocide Warning Report: Israel/Palestine

Genocide Watch is issuing a Genocide Warning for both Israel and Palestine. Photo Credit: Sebastian Scheiner, AP and the Indy Star Under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli government has systematically discriminated against its Palestinian population, including Palestinians who are legal citizens of Israel. Israel’s 2018 “Basic Law” removed Arabic as an official state language and defined self-determination in the State of Israel as uniquely for the Jewish people. These are denials of Palestinian culture and nationality. Palestinians have been forcibly transferred to settlements in the West Bank, and movement of goods and people out of the Gaza Strip is restrict

'Silent slaughter' – 2 decades of genocide in Nigeria

A new report reveals that a genocide of approximately 62,000 Christians has taken place in Nigeria since the turn of the century at the hands of the Islamic terrorist groups Boko Haram and Fulani militants – in what is being called the “Silent Slaughter.” The report “Nigeria’s Silent Slaughter: Genocide in Nigeria and the Implications for the International Community” chronicles more than 60,000 testimonies of victims in Nigeria – many being witnesses who were specifically persecuted for their Christian faith – along with data and statistics confirming the mass murders. It was released by The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON). No more silence … ICON co-founder Kyle Abts is dedicated t

Pakistan PM reiterates support for Kashmiri self-determination

Imran Khan terms India's revocation of Kashmir's autonomy as 'illegal and unilateral'. Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistani Prime Minister has reiterated a call for the world community to intervene in the Kashmir dispute by demanding Kashmiris' right to self-determination be implemented, one year after New Delhi revoked a special constitutional status for, and imposed a siege on, Indian-administered Kashmir. Khan addressed the legislative assembly of Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the city of Muzaffarabad on Wednesday, reiterating the Pakistani government’s support for the long-standing dispute to be settled via a United Nations-mandated plebiscite. "Today, [Indian Prime Minister] Narendra Modi

Dozens wounded in grenade attack at pro-Kashmir Karachi rally

March in Pakistani city was held by Jamaat-e-Islami political party to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Dozens of people have been wounded after a grenade explosion at a pro-Kashmir march in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, according to local officials. Wednesday's attack in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area targeted a rally organised by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), one of Pakistan's major religious parties. The provincial health department said in a statement at least 39 people were wounded, including one person who was in a critical condition. An ethnic Sindhi armed separatist group, the Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to Al J

Facebook rejects request to release Myanmar officials’ data for genocide case

(Reuters) - Facebook has objected to a request from Gambia, which has accused Myanmar at the World Court of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, to release posts and communications by members of Myanmar’s military and police. The social media giant urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to reject the demand, which it said would violate a U.S. law that bars electronic communication services from disclosing users’ communications. Facebook (FB.O) said the request, made in June, for the release of “all documents and communications” by key military officials and police forces was “extraordinarily broad” and would constitute “special and unbounded access” t

Genocide Watch Warning: Philippines

Genocide Watch is issuing a Genocide Warning for the Philippines under the Duterte regime. President Rodrigo Duterte’s government is committing crimes against humanity in the Philippines, through a state-sponsored mass murder campaign Duterte portrays as a “War on Drugs.” Under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, police officers engage in extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests of dissenters, and suppression of media freedom. At least 5,000 mostly poor Filipinos have been killed since 2016, though Amnesty International reports that the figure could be as high as 12,000. On July 3, 2020, President Duterte signed the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” which creates a presidential appointed anti-terro

Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege

Recent abductions of a journalist and an activist have underscored Pakistan’s worsening rights conditions as the country’s security forces pressure the news media and human rights groups. When Prime Minister Imran Khan boasted last year that Pakistan had one of the “freest presses in the world,” journalists were quick to object, saying that intimidation of reporters across the country was intensifying. It has only gotten worse since. Two years into Mr. Khan’s term, censorship is on the rise, journalists and activists say, leaving the country’s heavy-handed military and security forces unchecked as they intimidate the news media to a degree unseen since the country’s era of army juntas. The s

Activists call for 'global spotlight' on plight of Kashmiris

Black Lives Matter, Palestinian and other activists express solidarity with Kashmiris ahead of revocation anniversary. Black Lives Matter, Palestinian, Uighur, Indigenous and Rohingya activists have come out in support of the people of Indian-administered Kashmir, calling for a "global spotlight on the suffering and their resistance", ahead of the one-year anniversary of the revocation of the region's autonomy by India's Hindu nationalist government. On August 5, 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government abrogated Article 370 of India's constitution that granted the Muslim-majority region a special status, with powers to make its own laws in all matters except finance, defence,

Malaysian police raid Al Jazeera's office, seize computers

Al Jazeera condemns 'troubling escalation' in crackdown on press, urges authorities to immediately cease criminal probe. Malaysian police have raided Al Jazeera's Kuala Lumpur office and seized two computers, the news network said, condemning the incident as a "troubling escalation" in the government's crackdown on press freedoms. The raid on Tuesday came after authorities in Malaysia announced they were investigating Al Jazeera for sedition, defamation and violation of the country's Communications and Multimedia Act. The probe relates to a 101 East programme that aired on July 3 and examined the Malaysian government's treatment of undocumented migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic

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Genocide Watch Report: Countries of Special Concern January-July 2020

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