Sharp rise in UK antisemitic attacks since start of Gaza conflict
Antisemitic hate crime rose by more than a third in the first six months of the year and spiked to a five-year high in July, figures show.
Americans facing trial in North Korea call on US to help secure their release
Two American tourists charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea have pleaded for help from the US government to secure their release before they face trial, and the prospect of long prison terms.
Kuwaiti media owner is stripped of his citizenship
The owner of a newspaper and TV outlet is one of five people who have been stripped of their citizenship by the Kuwaiti authorities.
Child asylum seekers’ rights on Nauru ‘systematically violated’, inquiry told
Forensic evidence of the “systematic violation” of child asylum seekers’ human rights on Nauru has emerged in a compelling 53-page document written by a group of anonymous Save the Children workers on Nauru and submitted to the national inquiry into children in immigration detention.
Azerbaijan detains prominent human rights activists in fresh crackdown
Azerbaijan has detained at least four of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, prompting fears that authorities are intensifying efforts to silence campaigners ahead of the world’s first European Games in Baku next summer.
China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers
China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls “terrorist” attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity and jailed for life
A UN-backed war crimes tribunal has found the Khmer Rouge’s Brother No 2 Nuon Chea and former head of state Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced the two elderly men to life imprisonment, in a move heralded by human rights groups as a “historic victory” for the nation.
Israel has committed war crimes in the Gaza conflict
The large number of Palestinian civilians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, including schools, parks and a U.N. shelter, constitute a clear violation of the Rome Statute or the Statute of the International Criminal Court.
South Sudan atrocities amount to war crimes, report warns
Both sides in South Sudan’s eight-month civil war have committed “extraordinary acts of cruelty” that amount to war crimes, and potentially, crimes against humanity, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
US Border Patrol apprehends Rwandan man for crimes against humanity
American Border Patrol officials in Maine have arrested a Rwandan man wanted by the Canadian government for reportedly violating international laws and committing crimes against humanity.
Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime
The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.
Tribunal accepts war crime charges against Hasan
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday accepted six charges on crimes against humanity in 1971 against fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali after the prosecution submitted those before it.
Star of Colombia receives international protection
The Inirida Fluvial Star located in eastern Colombia is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world and will now benefit from international protection after it was declared Colombia’s sixth RAMSAR site.
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U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
The decision, which went into effect late last month, is being hailed by some as an opportunity for community-led and sustainability initiatives to take root in Myanmar, where lucrative forestry revenues have long been firmly controlled by the military and national elites. The European Union, too, is currently working to normalise its relations with the Myanmarese timber sector.
Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns
Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian Development Bank warns in a new report.
Hamas and Israel agree 72-hour Gaza ceasefire
The UN and the US have announced that Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to begin on Friday morning.
Dozens killed in Iraqi airstrike
At least 76 men were killed Wednesday when the Iraqi air force struck a building in Mosul believed to be used by Islamic militants as a temporary detention center, an Iraqi official told CNN.
Officials: U.S. airstrikes pound ISIS militants firing at Iraq’s Yazidis
American warplanes pounded extremist Sunni fighters in northern Iraq on Saturday in what officials described as an effort to defend minority Yazidis “being indiscriminately attacked,” strikes that came just as President Barack Obama warned of an extended air campaign against the terror group.
3 senior Hamas military leaders killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza
An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza overnight killed three high-ranking members of Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, the militant group said Thursday. Seven civilians were also killed.
With more than 191,000 dead in Syria, U.N. rights chief slams global ‘paralysis’
It’s a chilling figure: 191,369 men, women and children reported killed in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2014.
Hamas admits its men abducted Israeli teens, says its leaders didn’t know
A Hamas official admitted Friday that militants from his group abducted three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June, but the official said the kidnappers did not tell their leaders about the action.
UN approves extension of Uruguayan continental shelf
The United Nations (UN) finally accepted the proposition of the Uruguayan Government to extend the Uruguayan continental shelf from 200 to 350 miles.
Turkey opens criminal cases regarding violations of Ukrainian territorial waters – Petrenko
The Turkish authorities have opened criminal cases against those who violate Ukrainian territorial waters, Ukraine’s Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said in an interview with Focus magazine.
Somalia sues Kenya at top UN court over maritime border
Somalia took its maritime border dispute with Kenya to the United Nations’ top court on Thursday, which could decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves off east Africa.
China and Vietnam Have Agreed to Disagree on the South China Sea
China and Vietnam have agreed to negotiate territorial and border disputes in the hotly contested South China Sea. This announcement comes just one day after Lê Hong Anh, a senior Vietnamese Communist Party official, Politburo member, and haver of impressive eyebrows, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
SOMALIA: Proceedings against Kenya with regard to a dispute concerning maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean
Mogadishu (RBC) The Federal Republic of Somalia instituted proceedings against the Republic of Kenya before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, with regard to “a dispute concerning maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean”, according to the court’s press release.
WTO agreement on facilitating trade blocked by India
The World Trade Organization failed to implement a deal on streamlining customs procedures and other reforms by a midnight Thursday deadline, after India blocked the accord due to its discontent on the issue of food security.
Delhi confirms Saudi ban on import of Indian pepper
“Saudi authorities have decided to impose temporary ban on the import of all types of pepper from India with effect from May 30,” Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to parliamentarians.
India files notice of appeal in steel products dispute
On 8 August 2014, India filed a notice of appeal regarding the panel report in “United States – Countervailing Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India” (DS436).
Malaysia Launches Safeguard Investigation on Hot Rolled Steel Plate
Malaysia has notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it has initiated a safeguard investigation on hot rolled steel plate.
WTO Panel Decides Against U.S. in Meat-Labeling Dispute
The U.S. has lost a key round at the World Trade Organization in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over meat labeling, according to people familiar with the WTO’s findings.
Panel reports issued in dispute over Argentina’s import measures
Panel reports were issued on 22 August in the dispute involving Argentina, European Union, United States and Japan over Argentina’s import measures (DS438, DS444, DS445)
UK Adopts Private Copying Exception As Some Rightholders Mull Legal Action
A new United Kingdom copyright exception for private copying cleared Parliament on 29 July and will become law in October. The change brought cheers from high-tech and digital rights groups. UK Music, however, said the new regulation will hurt creators and that it is considering legal action.
Switzerland Continues Work On Changes To Online Copyright Rules
Switzerland is considering the “modernisation” of its copyright law to adapt the rights and obligations of various stakeholders to the “realities” of the internet. The country’s generous exception on private use of downloaded material appears to be preserved in the proposed change but internet service providers might feel the pinch.
Australia Eyes Copyright Act Amendment To Curb Downloading
The Australian government is seeking to amend its copyright act to address online copyright infringement. To that purpose, a discussion paper has been issued for public input until 1 September. In particular, the paper looks at trends in similar nations and proposes measures to dry up business models operating outside of Australia, and to extend the responsibility of internet service providers.
Monkey business: macaque selfie can’t be copyrighted, say US and UK
If an animal steals your camera and takes a photo that subsequently becomes world-famous, there’s bad news: the US Copyright Office has ruled that the picture can’t be copyrighted – so anyone can use it for free.
New Proposal To Keep Indigenous Peoples On WIPO Traditional Knowledge Committee
A group of countries has submitted a new proposal to the upcoming meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization budget committee to allow the continued participation of indigenous peoples representatives in WIPO’s committee on traditional knowledge and genetic resources.