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Lyra McKee’s Funeral Brings Unity to a Divided Nation

The funeral of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee – the first journalist to be shot and killed in the UK in 20 years – took place in Belfast on 24 April. It was attended by political leaders from Belfast, Dublin and London including Theresa May, the President of Ireland, the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) and … Read more →

Over 1,000 climate activists arrested in central London

On 15 April, the Extinction Rebellion group began a protest against climate change in London which is now entering its second week. Since the start of the protest, more than 1,000 people have been arrested and over 50 have been charged, in what organisers have described as the biggest civil disobedience event in recent British … Read more →

New Zealand nurse abducted by Islamic State in 2013 may be alive says Red Cross

An International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) statement on the whereabouts of the New Zealand nurse, Louisa Akavi, 62, indicated that “Our latest credible information indicates that Louisa was alive in late 2018” after her abduction five years ago. Akavi was with two Syrian drivers, Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes, from the ICRC delivering … Read more →

Protests turn deadly on fourth day of uprising in Sudan

Even with the international community calling for the Sudan government to refrain from hostilities, the fourth day of the protests in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, according to anti-government groups, stated that Tuesday’s protests were the most extreme. Pro-demonstration groups described how security forces from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and Islamist militias violently … Read more →

UN calls for truce with thousands of refugees caught in the fighting in Libya

Since Thursday General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) forces have marched to attack Tripoli. With fighting raging on the outskirts of the city with thousands of refugees caught in between the crossfire. A UN report, on Sunday, called for a two-hour truce between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Wadi Al-Rabeea, Al-Kayikh, Qasr bin … Read more →

United Nations condemns Brunei for calling out the death sentence for gay sex

The UN condemned Brunei this week for the legislation of the punishment of whipping for theft and stoning to death for the acts of sodomy, adultery, and rape. The kingdom, with a Muslim-majority population of around 400,000, first adopted these elements of Islamic law in 2014, and they have been rolled out in phases since then. However, homosexuality has … Read more →

Iran’s new Judiciary Chief, Ebrahim Raisi: “replacing bad with worse”

Last month Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raisi as the new Judiciary Chief amid international condemnation. Raisi served on Iran’s so-called “death commissions” that were a part of the Iranian Revolution set up at the end of the Iran-Iraq War, 1980 to 1988, to crush any dissent towards the state. An estimated 5,000 prisoners … Read more →

China rejects the UN’s response to its human rights record and allegations of ill-treatment of a million Uyghur Muslims

The 40th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, that lasted a month, concluded on March 22, 2019, with China taking exception to the criticism of its human rights record with its treatment of Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region. A letter from the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China was sent to Geneva … Read more →

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