Latest International News

China Counters NATO ‘Threat Theory’

14 Jun 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, Head of International Affairs

China has expressed its dismay after NATO leaders accused Beijing of ‘systemic challenges’. China’s mission to the European Union (EU) told NATO to stop overstating the ‘China threat theory’ following the strong stance taken towards the country in the summit’s agenda.

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Mladic Loses Genocide Appeal

7 Jun 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, Head of International Affairs

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army commander who was nicknamed ‘the Butcher of Bosnia’, lost his appeal against his 2017 conviction for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. His life sentence was upheld by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), successor to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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Myanmar National Unity Government (NUG) Release Statement Recognising Rohingya’s Right to Citizenship

2 Jun 2021

Nicole Jagonase, Projects Officer

The Shadow Government (NUG), formed by ousted MPs from the February military coup, including many National League for Democracy (NLD) politicians, released a statement on Thursday June 3 saying it will scrap the 1982 citizenship law that denies Rohingya citizenship, which has resulted in the one of the largest stateless populations in the world.

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African Union Suspends Mali Following Coup

1 Jun 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, Head of International Affairs

Mali’s membership in the African Union (AU) has been suspended following a military coup last week. The AU has threatened to impose sanctions if a civilian-led government is not reinstated.

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India’s Holiest River Ganges Swells with the Casualties of Covid’s Second Wave

29 May 2021

Nicole Jagonase, Projects Officer

Since the beginning of February 2021, India has suffered the worst of the second wave of the pandemic. Reporting an overall of 26 million Covid-19 cases and a record number of 392,000 new reported cases as their seven-day day rolling average at the peak of the wave, it is now the new epicentre of the global pandemic. It has only been since Monday May 24 when cases fell below 200,000 for the first time since April 14, however this may not account for all States across the nation.

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UN Security Council Welcomes Somali Agreement on Prompt and Peaceful Elections

26 May 2021

Inês Tralhão Fernandes, Projects Officer

The UN Security Council welcomed the agreement reached on the 27th of May by the Somali federal government and the federal member states leaders on the implementation of the 17 September Electoral Model.

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UN Concerned Over Dire Situation in War-Torn Tigray Region

27 May 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, Head of International Affairs

Humanitarians with the United Nations (UN) have voiced alarm regarding severe abuses against displaced civilians in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which works to improve reproductive and maternal health worldwide, said it had documented ‘gross violations’, such as gender-based violence in the region.

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EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution

11 May 2021

Ekaterina Kasyanova, Publications Officer

On May 12th, the European Commission issued an EU Action Plan “Towards a Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” that, according to the Commission, is aimed at not only being a part of the pathway to a healthy planet for all, but also to lay in the heart of the delivery of the EU Green Deal.

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Belarus Diverts Commercial Flight to Detain Opposition Journalist

22 May 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, Head of International Affairs

A Ryanair plane flying from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania has been diverted to Minsk by a MiG-29 fighter jet dispatched by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, in order to arrest a prominent opposition journalist named Roman Protasevich.

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8,000 Migrants cross from Morocco to Spain: The New Pawns of a Diplomatic Row

16 May 2021

Nicole Jagonase, Projects Officer

Spain’s Northern African enclave of Ceuta saw an influx of migrants in the last weekamid heightened tensions between the neighbouring States.

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UN Security Council on the Violence at Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

18 May 2021

Inês Tralhão Fernandes, Projects Officer

The violence at Cabo Delgado, Mozambique has been increasing, with more people fleeing their homes and trying to find protection in Tanzania.

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UN Secretary-General ‘gravely concerned’ about ‘dangerous’ escalating violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

10 May 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), has said he is ‘gravely concerned’ about the intensifying violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), because of the potential eviction of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem by Israeli settlers. Similarly, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN’s leading human rights entity, implored for a ‘redoubling of efforts to restore calm’ following airstrikes and days of fighting between Israeli police and protestors.

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Covid-19 Pandemic: 21st Century’s ‘Chernobyl Moment’

11 May 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

An independent review panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the Covid-19 pandemic was ‘preventable’. In its report, ‘Covid-19: Make it the Last Pandemic’, it held that the combined response by the WHO and world governments was a ‘toxic cocktail’ with serious failures, stating that the WHO should have declared a global emergency earlier than it did. Without crucial change, the world would be vulnerable to another major outbreak of disease.

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Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of Committing Apartheid Against Palestinians

26 Apr 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

Human Right Watch (HRW) has published a 213-page report entitled ‘A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution’ outlining how Israel has pursued policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians, to maintain hegemony over the Palestinian and Arab population from the Jordan River to Mediterranean Sea. It also encouraged the international community to reevaluate diplomatic ties with the State.

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Germany Condemns Russian Naval Restrictions in the Black Sea

25 Apr 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

Germany has criticized the announcement by Russia to block three areas of the Black Sea to foreign warships.

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Italy Ratifies Protocol 15 Amending the ECHR

20 Apr 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

On 21 April, the Italian Ambassador, Michele Giacomelli, deposited the instrument of ratification for Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). This triggers the Protocol into force for all the Council of Europe (CoE) member states on 1 August 2021. The purpose of the amendments is to preserve the effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and Convention, as well as safeguard the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

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The United States Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

23 Apr 2021

Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer

On April 24, the United States of America formally recognized the Armenian genocide, one hundred and six years after it transpired, in a move being hailed as one of enormous international and domestic symbolic value.

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Biden Administration Imposes Retaliatory Sanctions on Russia

20 Apr 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

On the 15th of April, the Biden administration announced new sanctions imposed, as well as diplomatic expulsions, to penalise Russia. The actions have been introduced by the US as a punishment for Russia's interference in the 2020 presidential election, the cyberattack (‘SolarWinds’), the CIA's report that Russia offered to pay bounties to militants in Afghanistan in return for killing American troops, and its continuing occupation of, and human rights abuses in, Crimea.

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Samia Suluhu Hassan Becomes Tanzania's First Woman President

1 Apr 2021

Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer

On March 19th, Samia Suluhu Hassan made history when she was sworn in as Tanzania's first female president. Hassan was officiated into the presidency after the death of former president John Magufuli.

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Dominic Ongwen guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

30 Mar 2021

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, International Law and Affairs Officer

Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of war crimes and crimes against humanity, after attacking camps for internally displaced people (IDP) across Uganda. Ongwen was found guilty of 61 crimes against humanity and war crimes between 1 July 2002 and 21 December 2005, including, inter alia, murder, rape torture, sexual enslavement and pillaging.

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