Myanmar soldiers tell of Rohingya killings, rapes and mass burials

Reported video confessions could be used as evidence in international criminal court. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees remain in Bangladesh after fleeing the violence in Myanmar. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images Two Myanmar soldiers have detailed a campaign of blanket killings, rape and mass burials of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state in video testimony that could be used as evidence of crimes against humanity in the international criminal court (ICC). The confessions, seen by the New York Times and the human rights organisation Fortify Rights, reportedly show Pte Myo Win Tun and Pte Zaw Naing speaking about what they say were orders for them to “kill all you see”, as well

Hotel Rwanda film hero Paul Rusesabagina held on terror charges

Government critic who left Rwanda in 1996 arrested abroad in unnamed location on international warrant, police say. Paul Rusesabagina - known for saving more than 1,000 people in the hotel he managed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a story later told into the Hollywood film Hotel Rwanda - has been arrested on terror charges. The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said in a statement on Monday the 66-year-old government critic had been arrested abroad in an unnamed location on an international warrant and taken to the country to face charges "of serious crime including terrorism, arson, kidnap and murder". The announcement came as officers brought Rusesabagina - in handcuffs and a face mask

UN rights expert calls for ceasefire, commitment from all stakeholders to ensure free elections in C

The UN’s expert on human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) issued a series of recommendations on Wednesday to ensure that citizens – after years of civil unrest – can freely decide the future of their country during presidential elections on 27 December. “For the elections to be peaceful, they must be preceded by a ceasefire and cooperation among all sides,” said Yao Agbetse, Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic. “Time is running short and there is much to be done in the four months before polling day.” With a potential run-off vote and National Assembly polling slated for early 2021, he called on armed groups to immediately lay down

Cambodia genocide: Khmer Rouge prison chief Comrade Duch dies

Comrade Duch, a former senior figure of the Khmer Rouge convicted of crimes against humanity in Cambodia, has died. He was serving a life term after being sentenced by a UN-backed court. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, ran the notorious Tuol Sleng prison where thousands of people were tortured and murdered in the late 1970s. As many as two million people are believed to have died under the Khmer Rouge, a Maoist regime that controlled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. In 2010, Duch became the first senior Khmer Rouge leader to be convicted by the UN-backed tribunal after a journalist found him in hiding a decade earlier. He was sentenced in 2012. He died on Wednesday, aged 77, a spokesman fo

With total control, President Déby is Chad's greatest threat to stability

‘President for life’ knows he is protected by France while Chadians die of hunger. Once a year, there is a ranking of the conditions of the world’s nations. It’s like a country’s report card, with health, education and living standards as key indicators. The UN’s Human Development Index tells citizens – and campaigners like me – how well or badly a country is doing. Since 1990, the year Idriss Déby seized power, ousting his mentor Hissène Habré in a bloody war, Chad – a landlocked former French colony that separates the Sahara in the north from the savannah in the south – has consistently ranked at the bottom of the index, fluctuating between 160 and 187 (out of 189). Yet Chad should be a st

Will Ivory Coast's 'president for life' unleash chaos?

This month the president of Ivory Coast caused outrage which spilled into bloodshed on the streets of the capital, Abidjan, when he announced he would seek a third term in office after all. Tensions are running high in the country after months of violence surrounding the disputed presidential election in 2010. Just five months ago, the 78-year-old Alassane Ouattara had announced his retirement, pledging to “transfer power to a new generation”. So why is Ouattara now so afraid to relinquish power? Why did he not proudly allow Ivory Coast’s first-ever peaceful transfer of power to take place, which could have been his greatest legacy, nine years after a bloody civil war? And if he becomes an

Canada, Netherlands join Gambia's genocide case against Myanmar

The two nations will pay special attention to prosecuting gender-based violence against Rohingya, including rape. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown in 2017 [File: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/ Reuters] Canada and the Netherlands will formally join The Gambia's legal bid to hold Myanmar accountable over allegations of genocide against its mostly-Muslim Rohingya minority in a move described by observers as historic. In a joint statement on Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok said the two nations were intervening in the case before the International Court of Justice in

RD Congo: les Banyamulenge réclament justice 16 ans après le massacre de Gatumba

Il y a tout juste seize ans le 13 août 2004, une attaque attribuée au mouvement de rébellion hutu des Forces nationales de libération (FNL) d’Agathon Rwasa causait la mort de plus de 160 personnes parmi les Tutsis congolais réfugiés dans le camp de Gatumba dans l’Ouest du Burundi. 152 Banyamulenge, des Tutsis congolais originaires de la province du Sud-Kivu en RDC, ont perdu la vie ce jour. 16 ans après, ils se sont rassemblés à Bukavu jeudi pour réclamer justice. De notre correspondant à Bukavu, William Basimike Dans la salle de l’ONG RIO de Nguba, des centaines de membres de la communauté banyamulenge se sont réunis en mémoire des victimes, constituées en majorité de femmes et d'enfants. M

Sudan signs peace deal with rebel groups from Darfur

Agreement provides for the dismantling of rebel forces and integration of their fighters into the national army. Sudan's government and the main rebel alliance agreed on a peace deal on Monday to end 17 years of conflict. The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, signed the peace agreement at a ceremony in Juba, capital of neighbouring South Sudan, which has hosted and helped mediate the long-running talks since late 2019. The final agreement covers key issues around security, land ownership, transitional justice, power sharing, and the return of people who fled their homes becau

Fortify Rights News Release - Myanmar: Reverse Decision to Bar Rohingya from Elections

Final list of candidates excludes Rohingya (YANGON, August 31, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should take immediate steps to ensure that ethnic-Rohingya can run for seats in Parliament in the November 8 elections, said Fortify Rights today. The Union Election Commission announced the final list of candidates over the weekend, excluding the majority of Rohingya applicants. “This election is increasingly on track to being unfree, but there is still time to change course,” said Ismail Wolff, Fortify Rights Regional Director. “For an inclusive, free, and fair election, the government must ensure everyone’s right to meaningfully participate, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. That

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