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UN rights chief says Myanmar’s junta committing crimes against humanity

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has accused Myanmar’s military junta of committing crimes against humanity, warning that the situation in the country seems to be heading toward a “fullblown” conflict in the wake of a February coup. Ms. Bachelet raised the alarm in a statement on April 13 and said expressing condemnations and imposing punitive measures...

ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds

A UN team investigating ISIL, of ISIS, atrocities in Iraq has established “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority, the Security Council heard recently.   In his final briefing May 10 to ambassadors, Karim Khan, special adviser and head of the team, known as UNITAD, reported that investigators have reached a “landmark moment” in their work. They have...

U.S. entertainment, music industry exploits South African musicians

Copyright is the most important type of protection available to musicians. It has even been boldly asserted that “the recording industry is built on copyrights.” Without copyright, wrote Stellenbosch University professor Owen Henry Dean in a 2015 study, “there is very little protection available to musicians and producers.” Taking music without compensating the original creator is at the heart of a fight...

Israel and the Gulf increasingly nervous over Iran-U.S. detente

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON - As hopeful, albeit vague, statements about talks in Geneva between Iran and the great powers continued to issue from the Swiss city Oct. 15, foes of détente between Washington and Tehran maintained their own high tempo of work. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its supporters in the powerful Israel lobby, which exerts its...

Destruction in Gaza could take decades to fix, warn analysts

Palestinian residences, hospitals, schools, government offices, businesses, local and international media outlet buildings lay in ruins after massive airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. A ceasefire ended an 11-day barrage of missiles between the Zionist State of Israel and primarily the Palestinian resistance group Hamas on May 20. It left massive destruction of property and a carnage...

No revolution in Iran, analysts say

DUBAI (IPS)–Iran is in the midst of its worst political crisis since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but forecasts of another revolution stemming from current student unrest and calls for greater openness are unfounded, regional analysts say. Instead, they say that the protests by students, angered by a Nov. 6 court decision against a moderate professor and Islamic thinker,...

Rohingya refugees fear returning to Myanmar after coup

Bangladesh—Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in camps in Bangladesh condemned the military coup in their homeland and said it makes them more fearful to return. A counterinsurgency operation by Myanmar’s military in 2017 involving mass rape, murders and the torching of villages drove more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh. Bangladesh has hosted them in crowded refugee camps and is...

Diplomats warn that U.S. strike at Iraq would undermine UN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)–The credibility of the United Nations is being seriously undermined by a U.S. decision that may eventually lead to a unilateral military attack on Iraq, UN diplomats, U.S. academics and Middle East experts warn. "This is a crucial test for the survival of the world body,’’ laments a long-time Asian diplomat. "The American determination to...

UN rights experts call for U.S. to address on-going violations at ‘Kafkaesque’ Guantánamo military prison

In response to the Biden Administration’s announced review into closing the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba, independent UN human rights experts on Feb. 23 said it was vital to also address ongoing violations being committed against the 40 or so inmates still incarcerated there. This should include investigating alleged torture and other ill-treatment at the facility, which was set up to...

South Africa’s new president: A man of the people

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - Political analysts looking at the man who will be named president of South Africa by its Parliament sometime in early May say 67-year-old Jacob Zuma has a warmth and charm that endears him to the masses of his country. He is also clever, but not too clever, and is aware of his lack of academic credentials. “President...