International issues

07.07.2009

Strong racial violence in China

156 people have died and more than 800 have been injured in the worst wave of ethnic violence in many decades in China during strong clashes between the Han and Uigur ethnic groups. A curfew was declared today in the Xinjiang region from 9pm until 8am to “avoid more chaos”. »

06.07.2009

President Lula of Brazil grants amnesty to foreigners and criticizes the immigration policies of rich countries

Last July 2nd, the Brazilian President sanctioned a new law which benefits an estimated 50,000 foreigners living illegally in the country. During the signing of the new law, President Lula criticized the anti-immigration policy adopted by richer countries which restrain immigrants' rights. *"All we want is for Brazilians living abroad to be treated in the same way we treat immigrants here in Brazil"*, said Lula. »

03.07.2009

Amnesty report slams criminal acts by both sides of the Gaza conflict last January

The human rights organisation condemned actions by the Israeli army and Hamas as war crimes, while refuting claims by Israel that it had acted according to international law during its attacks on the Gaza Strip. »

03.07.2009

North Korea launches two more short range missiles

North Korea made a new challenge today launching two short range SCUD missiles, from their east coast into the Sea of Japan, according to information from the local news agency, Yonhap. Both missiles, with a range of around 500 km, seem to have been launched around 8 am local time (23:00 GMT) from a military base close to the coastal city of Wonsan located in the south east of North Korea. The launch was made two days after the regime fired another four short-range missiles, also from the East coast into the Sea of Japan to coincide with US Independence Day on the 4th of July. »

02.07.2009

Next week in Moscow, Presidents Medvedev and Obama could make history

Whether in the Korean peninsula, in unstable Pakistan, or in the volatile Middle East, the risk of military or terrorist nuclear attacks is escalating daily. Yet one of the most real chances to rid the world of nuclear weapons is happening and will be won or lost far from the headlines. Next week in Moscow, Presidents Medvedev and Obama could make history by agreeing to reduce their nuclear arsenals and set the world´s course towards a nuclear-free world. A group of highly influential figures called Global Zero has presented a four-step plan to achieve that goal and, though it seems incredible, they are successfully persuading the nuclear powers that the world is more secure without nukes. »

01.07.2009

Israel forces attacked Justice boat, stopped human rights workers and confiscated goods

Yesterday,Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel. »

30.06.2009

‘Spirit of Humanity’ boat on its way to ‘Free Gaza’

A boat carrying twenty-one human rights workers and kits to help families who have lost their homes in Gaza departed yesterday from Cyprus. »

30.06.2009

US Pullback Leaves Iraq in Formal Control of Urban Areas

US forces have completed a withdrawal from major Iraqi cities and towns on today’s deadline to hand formal control to the Iraqi military. Iraq has declared a national holiday to mark the pullout, and celebrations have been underway nationwide. Iraq’s Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, called the pullback a victory for national sovereignty. »

26.06.2009

North Koreans Rally, Threaten Nuclear Response

In North Korea, more than 100,000 people attended a government rally Thursday denouncing the United States. Government speakers promised “a fire shower of nuclear retaliation” in the event of US or South Korean military action. »

24.06.2009

Iranian Nobel Laureat calls for election recount

Amid the clutter of calls for a revamped response to the Iranian presidential elections, Shirin Ebadi defends the constitutional right to public protest and appeals for protection, not violence. »

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