Burundi: des réfugiés congolais banyamulenge victimes d'une chasse à l'homme?

Publié par RFI le 17 octobre, 2020. Des réfugiés congolais banyamulenge au Burundi (archives). AFP La communauté des réfugiés congolais banyamulenge, qui se comptent par milliers, se plaint d’être victime d’une véritable chasse à l’homme depuis une dizaine de jours. Le ministère de l’Intérieur et de la Sécurité publique a lancé une véritable campagne contre ceux qui vivent dans des villes alors qu’ils devraient être dans un des cinq camps de réfugiés du pays. Les leaders de cette communauté de réfugiés congolais rwandophones qui ont fui la province du Sud-Kivu expliquent qu’ils sont accusés d’être au service du Rwanda, en froid avec son voisin du sud, ce qu’ils ont toujours nié. Tout a comme

Lagos burns after army accused of ‘Lekki massacre’

Published by The Africa Report on Wednesday, 21 October 2020. Pius Utomi Ekpei/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The attack on protestors last night is a new chapter for the #EndSARS protests, with far-reaching consequences for the future politics of the country. Videos emerging from last night’s shooting are difficult to watch. The voice of young Nigerians tremble as they sing the national anthem next to the Lekki Toll Gate. Shots ring out as uniformed men surround them, barricade them in, and open fire. Images of men and women, wrapped in Nigerian flags, soaked with blood. Unconfirmed reports suggest at least ten people have been killed. More certainty surrounds the dozens of protestors

Confronting the Deep Roots of Violence in El Salvador

Roberto Lovato’s “Unforgetting” explores the traumatic history of a country torn apart by wars and gangs—and the dangers of not facing the past. Government militias patrol a village in northern El Salvador during the country’s brutal civil war. In 1982, Joan Didion famously wrote of El Salvador that “terror is the given of the place.” At the time, the country was in the midst of a civil war, which pitted the leftist guerrillas of the Faribundo Martí National Liberation Front, or FMLN, against the country’s military, supported and armed by the United States. During the war, which lasted from 1980 to 1992, some 50,000 civilians were killed, with the lion’s share of atrocities committed by the

GENOCIDE EMERGENCY: AZERBAIJAN IN ARTSAKH

Credit: Radio Free Europe In September 2020, Azerbaijani troops crossed the "Line of Contact" dividing Karabakh. Turkey intervened on the side of Azerbaijan. Armenia supports Artsakh. Azerbaijan uses laser guided drones supplied by Turkey and Israel to target Armenian troops, villages and civilians. Azerbaijani military offensives against civilians are war crimes under the Geneva Conventions. The establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918 began with the systematic extermination of the Armenian populations living in Azerbaijan and the provinces of Nakhichevan and Nagorno-Karabakh. Often viewed as an extension of the 1915 deportation and genocide of Ottoman Armenians, Azerbaij

Fragile hopes of peace in DRC’s conflict-scarred Ituri province

Tens of thousands of civilians have been forced from their homes in northeastern DRC since the violence resumed in December 2017. Published by Al Jazeera on September 28, 2020. CODECO is made up of fighters from the Lendu ethnic group [File: [Alexis Huguet/AFP] “The future is dark,” sighs Joachim Lobo, a teacher who longs “to pick up the chalk” and be reunited with his pupils if ever peace is restored to northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “I lost my job because of all this nonsense,” Lobo says of communal violence in the gold-rich Ituri province, where he taught French and philosophy. “We thought we would have a responsible government, yet we don’t know when we can return t

An Important Breakthrough in the Long-Awaited Justice for Darfur Genocide Victims

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, pays a visit to Sudan to meet with members of the Sudanese government to discuss collaboration. On Saturday, October 17, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC),  Fatou Bensouda, and her team paid a historic visit to Sudan and met with various members of the interim government of Sudan to discuss possible collaboration on the way forward for the case of Darfur. Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) welcomes this important development in  ICC  relations with  Sudan and applauds the persistent work of their office to create this breakthrough. DWAG also expresses support of Prosecutor Bensouda’s demands that former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir mu

Refugees allege physical, sexual abuse by Croatian authorities

Asylum seekers allege ‘extreme violence’ at the hands of Croatian authorities, prompting calls for the EU to properly investigate. Refugees and migrants have sustained “severe injuries” after having allegedly been whipped, beaten, and sexually abused at the hands of Croatian authorities during their attempts to reach western Europe for asylum. Last week, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) collected testimonies from more than 70 refugees and migrants at the Miral camp in western Bosnia who said they experienced violent pushbacks by Croatian authorities. The route through the Bosnia-Croatia border is popular with refugees attempting to cross into EU-member Croatia from Bosnia, with the aim of re

En Côte d’Ivoire, des violences ethniques à Bongouanou, à quinze jours de la présidentielle

A deux semaines de l’élection suprême, des affrontements ont éclaté entre Agni et Dioula, respectivement proches de l’opposition et du pouvoir. Publié par Le Monde avec AFP le 19 octobre 2020. La décision d'Alassane Ouattara de se présenter aux présidentielles pour la troisième fois a provoqé des manifestations [Diom Celest/EPA]. « Les Dioula, c’est le problème ». Bandana vert camouflage sur la tête, huile de vidange sur le visage, un jeune membre de la communauté agni, les yeux exorbités, crie machette à la main sa rage envers cette ethnie originaire du nord de la Côte d’Ivoire, à un barrage à Bongouanou, à 200 kilomètres au nord d’Abidjan. Autour de la barricade improvisée avec des brancha

Timestream: The Persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt

Genocide Watch staff have published the fourth Timestream in a series of critical genocides in the world. Coptic Christians in Egypt have been persecuted for decades, and it is imperative that this issue is brought to the attention of international leaders. Several attempts have been made on the lives of Coptic Christians in the country, and many Copts have died because of this. This Timestream highlights the oppression and killing, dating from historical cases of discrimination and persecution to the most recent attacks and responses from the Egyptian government. Genocide Watch urges action to be taken to intervene and stop further persecution and killings. See the full Timestream here and

Ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast opposition stronghold ahead of poll

House of presidential candidate N’Guessan in Bongounou burned down, two people reported killed and several injured. Published by Al Jazeera on October 18, 2020. President Ouattara officially launched his campaign on Friday [Sia Kambou/AFP] The home of an opposition presidential candidate has been burned down during clashes in Ivory Coast on Saturday, two weeks before the country’s high-stakes presidential election. Violence began on Friday in Bongouanou, the stronghold of opposition candidate and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, as residents from different ethnic groups fighting with machetes while houses and shops were set on fire. Residents told AFP news agency that people from

Côte d’Ivoire : l’opposition se retire du processus électoral et met la pression sur Ouattara

Côte d’Ivoire : l’opposition se retire du processus électoral et met la pression sur Alassane Ouattara Empêcher la distribution et le retrait des 7,5 millions de cartes d’électeur, comme du matériel électoral… la tension monte à Abidjan où l’on craint une entrée dans le cercle de la violence avec le boycott des élections par l’opposition. Publié par Le Monde le 15 octobre 2020 - Mis à jour le 16 octobre 2020 Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term has been met with protests - [Diom Celest/EPA] Dès son premier jour, la campagne électorale s’enlise. Jeudi 15 octobre, lors d’une conférence de presse conjointe, Henri Konan Bédié (PDCI) et Pascal Affi N’Guessan (FPI), les deux principaux cand

Canadian Parliamentary Committee Recognize China’s Atrocities in East Turkistan as a ‘Genocide’

WASHINGTON: October 21, 2020 – The Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights and International Development has designated the Chinese Government’s atrocities against Uyghur and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide as defined under the UN Genocide Convention. Canada’s action followed US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brian’s statement last week describing China’s atrocities in East Turkistan as “something close to a genocide.” The Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee issued a statement earlier today condemning the Chinese Government’s persecution of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan. The Subcommittee determined that “the Chinese Communis

How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’

In front of a TV audience on Oct. 15, President Donald Trump declared that he knew “nothing about” QAnon, before correcting himself to say: “I do know they are very much against pedophilia.” What he didn’t do was disavow what has been referred to as a “collective delusion.” Part of that could be down to QAnon followers holding up Trump as some sort of savior – someone playing four-dimensional chess against shadowy political insiders and power players known as the “Deep State.” But that is only part of what Anons – followers of QAnon – believe. What Trump didn’t mention is the atrocious claims that underlie this supposed chess match, and the demonic imagery and language that are used in the c

In Sudan, ICC prosecutor says al-Bashir must be tried over Darfur

Fatou Bensouda calls for suspects in Darfur conflict case to face ‘justice without delay’ as she discusses options for trial with officials in Sudan. Omar al-Bashir has been under arrest in Khartoum since his overthrow last year [File: Morwan Ali/EPA] Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and other suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide in Darfur must face justice without further delay, the court’s chief prosecutor, currently on a visit to Khartoum, has said. Options for prosecuting them, including a trial in Sudan and a hybrid tribunal, were being discussed with Sudanese authorities, Fatou Bensouda told reporters on Tuesday. “We are

Pakistani politician released as opposition to continue protests

Opposition leader Muhammad Safdar released on bail after spending hours in custody following anti-government protest. Supporters of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of political opposition parties, react as they listen to their leaders during an anti-government rally in Karachi, Pakistan [Akhtar Soomro/Reuters] By  Asad Hashim 19 Oct 2020 Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani opposition political leader Muhammad Safdar has been released on bail, hours after being arrested by authorities on charges related to a speech at a mausoleum ahead of a major anti-government rally on Sunday. Safdar was arrested at his hotel room in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi early on Monday, his wi

UN accused over failure to investigate 'war on drugs' killings in the Philippines

Human rights groups calling for a probe into president Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown say abuses continue. Government figures show at least 8,663 people have been killed in anti-drug operations, but estimates suggest the true figure is triple that number. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/EPA The UN human rights council has been accused of a “collective failure” over its decision not to call for an investigation into the tens of thousands of killings alleged to have occurred under Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”. Human rights groups and UN experts had repeatedly called for an inquiry into the anti-narcotics crackdown, launched by the president after he won the 201

South Africa president says farm attacks not ‘racially motivated’

President Cyril Ramaphosa rejects claims by pressure groups that a spike in attacks on farms is ‘ethnic cleansing’. Ramaphosa asked all South Africans to resist any attempts to use crime on farms to mobilise communities along racial lines [File: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters] South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa called for calm on Monday, rejecting claims by pressure groups representing the country’s white minority that a spike in deadly attacks on farms was “ethnic cleansing”. His appeal came after a group of mainly white farmers stormed a court on Wednesday during the hearing of two Black suspects accused of killing a 22-year-old farm manager. The lead instigator of the rioters, Andre Pienaar,

Sold, whipped and raped: A Yazidi woman remembers ISIS captivity

A survivor describes how she kept a secret notebook in which she recorded the abuses committed against her and others. Layla Talu never imagined that her neighbors would betray her. But when former friends from the villages surrounding her home in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq gave away her location, her family was forced to flee. At 7 am on the morning of August 3, 2014, Layla, her husband, Marwan Khalil, and their two children, who were aged four and 18 months, left their home. Like tens of thousands of other Yazidis, they hoped to take shelter on Mount Sinjar. But they never made it. Within a matter of hours, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) had e

Chinese detention 'leaving thousands of Uighur children without parents'

Researcher says Xinjiang files reveal government strategy of long-term social control. Thousands of Uighur children appear to have been left without parents as their mothers or fathers were forced into Chinese internment camps, prison, and other detention facilities, according to evidence from government documents in Xinjiang. Records compiled by officials in southern Xinjiang and analyzed by the researcher Adrian Zenz indicate that in 2018 more than 9,500 mostly Uighur children in Yarkand county were classified either as experiencing “single hardship” or “double hardship” depending on if one or both parents were detained. The files, part of a cache of documents downloaded in the summer of 2

Cameroon: Divided opposition quashes hopes to unseat Biya

On September 22, hundreds of citizens in Cameroon took part in an organized anti-government protest. But the numerous opposition parties are under scrutiny for lacking clear leadership or a strategy. Published by Deutsche Welle on September 25, 2020. Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto speaks during a press conference (Reuters/Z. Bensemra). Cameroon's opposition parties have much in common with one another. They all agree that the political landscape is in dire need of change following President Paul Biya'salmost 40 years in power. They also wish to see an end to the ongoing Anglophone crisis in the country's south and are pushing for a free and fair electoral system. Despite this, h

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