Lucinda Bell

UN Reports South Sudan Forces May Have Committed War Crimes

South Sudanese pro-government forces have killed at least 114 civilians in and around Yei town, as well as committing uncounted rapes, looting and torture, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said. The report has documented human rights violations and abuses against civilians that may amount […]

Mexico Named Second Deadliest Conflict Zone After Syria

Mexico has surpassed Iraq, Afghanistan and several conflict-ridden African countries as the second deadliest zone after Syria, according to a new report on the global armed conflict. The 2017 Armed Conflict Survey, released on Tuesday by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), showed the number of fatalities as a […]

International Community Faces Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since UN Formation

More than 20 million are at risk of famine across South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia, with the UN stating the food crisis is the largest since 1945. The famine is predominately man-made, following years of violent conflict and a problematic lack of humanitarian response in the four war-torn, poverty-stricken […]

International Pressure Mounts For Inquiry Into Abuses Of Rohingya In Myanmar

International pressure has reached new heights in recent weeks as human rights organizations push for a credible investigation into the human rights abuses of Rohingyans in Myanmar. On February 3rd, the United Nations (UN) released a report finding instances of the Myanmar government’s failure to protect its most persecuted ethnic […]

Al-Shabaab attack on Kenyan soldiers leaves dozens dead

Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deaths of 57 Kenyan soldiers in a remote military base in Kulbiyow, near the Kenyan border. Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters that the two fighters drove suicide car bombs into the base, while other militants stormed in, killing […]

Civilians Flee Gambia As President Yahya Jammeh Declares A State Of Emergency Two Days Before He Is Due To Step Down

In a final attempt to retain power, just two days before the scheduled inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, the outgoing President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has declared a 90-day state of emergency. Announcing the state of emergency on state television, Jammeh said the declaration was necessary due to “foreign interference” […]