Curfew in Kashmir ahead of autonomy revocation anniversary

Two-day curfew imposed across Kashmir before the first anniversary of India's abolition of the region's special status. Authorities have imposed a curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India's controversial decision to revoke the disputed region's semi-autonomy. Officials announced a two-day "full curfew" on Monday citing intelligence reports of looming protests in the Muslim-majority region of seven million people, where locals have called for the anniversary to be marked as a "black day". Police vehicles patrolled the main city of Srinagar after dark on Monday and again on Tuesday morning, with officers using megaphones to order residents to remain

India stamps its authority over crown jewel state

Modi to mark anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir power shift with groundbreaking for controversial Hindu temple. It’s never easy being a jewel in the crown, and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has proved to be no exception. Medieval Mughal Emperor Jahangir once described it as a paradise on earth. More recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was “the crown jewel of India”. Yet the state and its people have endured endless hardship and upheavals, with little relief in sight. The removal of the state’s special status on August 5 last year sent the pristine area in a new direction with much of its autonomy removed. The move downgraded India’s only Muslim-majority state to being centra

Bangladesh: Free Rohingya Refugees Detained on Bhasan Char Island

Detainees report severe restrictions on movement,. suicidal ideations, and threats. (BANGKOK, August 5, 2020)—The Government of Bangladesh should free more than 300 Rohingya refugees detained on Bhasan Char island and cease plans to transfer additional refugees from mainland camps to the island, said Fortify Rights today. Testimonial evidence from 15 Rohingya refugees reveals severe restrictions on freedom of movement and serious mental-health concerns for Rohingya confined on Bhasan Char—a poorly equipped, flood-prone island located off the coast of mainland Bangladesh. “The confinement of Rohingya refugees on Bhasan Char is unlawful mass arbitrary detention,” said Matthew Smith, Chief Exe

Genocide Warning: Mozambique

Genocide Watch is issuing a Genocide Warning for Mozambique. Since 2017, the homegrown fundamentalist group al-Sunnah wa Jamaah (ASWJ) has violently targeted residents of Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province. What began as a series of sporadic attacks has transformed into a brutal insurgency with the death toll now reaching more than 1,100 people, including 700 civilians. The Islamic State is growing its stronghold across Mozambique-- the group claimed responsibility for recent attacks and local militants are now reportedly operating under the banner of the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP). In recent months there has been a dramatic escalation in the fighting: armed clash

Genocide Watch July 2020 Newsletter

Genocide Watch Newsletter Staff Updates Check out our new staff page where you can get to know our wonderful summer cohort and management team! Genocide Watch's debut podcast, "Conversations on Genocide," is here! Throughout the series, Alexandra Sharp and Naveen Bhatia will be interviewing genocide survivors, discussing ongoing crises, and speaking with lawyers, scholars, and experts who work on genocide and mass atrocity prevention and punishment. Our first episode is an interview with Genocide Watch's founder and president, Dr. Gregory H. Stanton. You can find the episode here on Soundcloud and here on Spotify. New Alerts Linda Zheng wrote a country report for Bosnia-Herzegovina, noting t

China Uighurs: A model's video gives a rare glimpse inside internment

Merdan Ghappar was used to posing for the camera. As a model for the massive Chinese online retailer Taobao, the 31-year-old was well paid to flaunt his good looks in slick promotional videos for clothing brands. But one video of Mr Ghappar is different. Instead of a glitzy studio or fashionable city street, the backdrop is a bare room with grubby walls and steel mesh on the window. And in place of the posing, Mr Ghappar sits silently with an anxious expression on his face. Holding the camera with his right hand, he reveals his dirty clothes, his swollen ankles, and a set of handcuffs fixing his left wrist to the metal frame of the bed - the only piece of furniture in the room. The video of

Genocide Emergency: Mali

Genocide Watch is issuing a Genocide Emergency for Mali. Insurgents and security forces have killed thousands of civilians and created a catastrophic humanitarian crisis that is internally displacing hundreds of thousands of Malians. The roots of the current conflict are linked to the 2011 Libyan Civil War. Ethnic Tuareg, members of a minority group in northern Mali that have historically faced intense Malian government persecution, joined the fighting to support Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. When NATO-backed rebels overthrew Gaddafi in 2011, mercenary Tuareg fighters returned to northern Mali and brought with them a flood of heavy weapons. After the fall of Gaddafi, a small number of Tua

DWAG Pens a Letter to Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok

Letter to Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok STAND FOR JUSTICE IN DARFUR AND ACROSS SUDAN Dear Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, In commemoration of this month’s International Justice Day, Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) and the undersigned write to express our grave concern regarding the continued impunity enjoyed by the former president of the Republic of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, and two other Sudanese officials indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ahmad Muhammad Harun (Ahmed Harun) and Abdel Raheem Muhammed Hussein (Hussein). July 2020 marks ten years since the second arrest warrant for Bashir and his allies was issued for the crimes of genocide. As we celebrate the 22nd anniversa

Zimbabwe security forces clear streets ahead of planned protests

Police and soldiers order people trying to enter the capital, Harare, to go home ahead of planned anti-gov't protests. Security forces have vigorously enforced a lockdown in Harare, blocking people from entering the capital a day ahead of planned anti-government protests, while activists warned of mounting human rights abuses. Police and soldiers manned checkpoints and ordered hundreds of people trying to enter the city to return home. In the city centre, security agents ordered people to leave and businesses to close. A police statement said no demonstrations would be allowed. "All security arms of government are on full alert and will deal decisively with any individuals or groups fomentin

Attacks, Abuses On the Rise in Africa’s Sahel Region

JOHANNESBURG - While global attention remains centered on the coronavirus, a U.S. special envoy is sounding the alarm about crises in Africa’s Sahel region, especially the political unrest in Mali, and the growing number of alleged human rights violations and abuses in the troubled region. Amid the world focus on the coronavirus pandemic, another force is bringing death and destruction to the vast, arid region of Africa known as the Sahel. J. Peter Pham, the U.S. top envoy to the region, says recent developments there are of great concern. “In the last quarter, by our count — that's the quarter ended June 30th — there were 270 attacks by extremists in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. That num

Grenade attack on Cameroon camp for displaced people kills 16

Fighters from the Boko Haram armed group have killed at least 16 people in an attack on a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon, an official has said. "The toll is currently 16 dead; it is clear that it was Boko Haram that was responsible," local mayor Mahamat Chetima Abba told the AFP news agency on Sunday following the overnight attack on the Nguetchewe camp. At least six have been wounded in the attack, according to reports citing local sources. The assailants in the early hours of Sunday threw a grenade into a group of sleeping people inside the camp, home to 800 people, in the village of Nguetchewe, Medjeweh Boukar, district mayor, told Reuters news agency. The village is locat

Genocide Emergency: Yemen

Genocide Watch is issuing a Genocide Emergency Alert for Yemen. Yemen’s civil war continues to ravage the country with no end in sight. The Southern Transitional Council has now become an additional party in the conflict. It has further splintered Yemen’s political structures and complicated the path to peace. The Armed Conflict Location & Data Project (ACLED) reports that more than 100,000 Yemenis have died since the beginning of the conflict in 2015. More than 12,000 of those were killed by directly targeted attacks, including 7,500 children. Many Yemeni cities are bombed out ruins. While the conflict is commonly referred to as a civil war, the involvement of a Saudi Arabian-led coalition

Genocide Watch sources of data on genocide in Nigeria

Eric Ross of the Genocide Watch staff has compiled a spreadsheet of online sources of verified data on genocidal massacres in Nigeria and the Sahel from 2010 - 2020. The sources are in the public domain and they are downloadable for research and planning of programs to stop and prevent these acts of genocide. Genocidal massacres are acts of genocide that are crimes under Article 2, a,b, and c of the Genocide Convention. Data sources are hyperlinked below: ACLED Council on Foreign Relations UCDP/PRIO National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) SAIS (Johns Hopkins) Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law (UT-Austin) Institute for Economi

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Genocide Emergency issued for South Sudan

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Genocide Warning issued for Ethiopia

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

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Violence in Burkina Faso is a Genocide Emergency

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Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis is a Genocide Emergency

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Genocide Warning issued for Israel/Palestine

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Genocide Warning issued for Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province

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Violence in central Mali is a Genocide Emergency

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Turkey is committing war crimes in

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India is committing crimes against humanity against Muslims in Kashmir and Assam

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Venezuela is committing crimes against humanity against political dissenters

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is

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Genocide Denial in Bosnia-Herzegovina 25 Years After Srebrenica Genocide

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Yemen is in a Genocide Emergency 

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White Genocide is NOT underway

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Myanmar's Genocide Against

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