Day: September 10, 2018

Twelve-Year-Old Nauru Refugee Attempts To Set Herself On Fire

Nauru has received renewed attention within the past month due to reports of children harming themselves in protest. Among those, is a 12-year-old refugee who has attempted to set herself on fire on Wednesday 22nd August. This infliction of self-harm was intervened by her family and friends. The girl was

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Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Offices And School In Mogadishu

Six people were pronounced dead, including two children, and fourteen others were critically wounded after a deadly suicide bombing Sunday, September 2nd. Among the injured were Ibrahim Hassan Matan, the deputy district commissioner, and six children. The attack occurred at a government office in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Three who died

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Duterte Eyes Unrestricted Arms Deal with Israel

In the first Philippine presidential visit to Israel, Rodrigo Duterte traveled on Sunday, September 2, for a four-day stay that included renewing relations between the two countries as well as a new arms deal. Duterte says that he wants to better arm his police force and troops, and sees Israel

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Same-Sex Relationships Decriminalized in India

Same-sex relationships were decriminalized in India today. In a landmark ruling, India’s Supreme Court struck down an archaic Colonial-era law that has ostracized the LGBTQ+ community for 158-years. According to the Times of India, Activists, supporters, and members of the LGBTQ+ community were celebrating the verdict, which also added that

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Peaceful Protesters Arrested in Iran

According to the Human Rights Watch, more than 50 peaceful activists have been detained in a series of protests starting in early August this year. Iran has historically handled peaceful protests poorly, with this year alone since January roughly 30 demonstrators have been killed by authorities. Reports from families claim

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Rebel Held Idlib Province Under Attack from Assad and Putin

Russian and Syrian jets have begun raiding the last rebel held province of Syria, Idlib. Reports on the ground from Al Jazeera correspondents, members of the White Helmets, who are a group of rescue workers, and civilians have claimed that the recent air strikes have been targeting non-combatants. According to

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Myanmar Denounces UN Report on Ronhingya Genocide

On August 24th, the United Nations has released a report holding Myanmar military Tatmadaw accountable for multiple massacres and gang rapes against the Rohingya minority people in the Rakhine, Kachin, and Shaw regions. According to The Guardian, the report cites multiple cases of murders, imprisonments, enforced disappearances, torture, rapes and

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Ortega Orders Expulsion of UN Human Rights Team

On Friday Nicaragua’s President, Daniel Ortega, ordered the expulsion of the United Nations human rights team posted in the country. This demand takes place only two days after the team published a report that condemned the government’s violent response to the ongoing political conflict. Since mid-April, demonstrators in Nicaragua have

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Renewed Intense Fighting Throughout Libya

On August 27, intense clashes between rival armed groups in Libya were renewed following a surprise attack from one armed group, the Seventh Brigade, launched against their rivals. According to Al Jazeera, after roughly a week of fighting 39 Libyan’s were killed, including 18 civilians, with hundreds more wounded. The

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Myanmar Government Denies UN Findings Regarding The Rohingya Genocide

In a report commissioned by the United Nations that showed findings of mass killings and acts of genocide perpetrated by the Myanmar government, Myanmar government officials have denied any allegations of crimes against humanity towards the Rohingya population. Such allegations have included acts of extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, and widespread

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Cambodian Leader Takes Final Steps Towards Authoritarianism

Cambodia’s recent general elections have seen the Cambodia People’s Party re-claim all 125 parliamentary seats, in the absence of any true opposition. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 33-year long reign has taken its final steps towards authoritarianism. In November, Cambodia’s only viable opposition party, The Cambodian National Rescue Party (C.N.R.P), had

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