News Round-Up 29/07/16

29 July 2016

News from HART

  • Read Charlie Hart’s account of the Modern Slavery Garden that won Gold at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show here.
  • Volunteer and fundraise for HART this summer! See here for ways you can get involved.


  • A summit this week brought together seventeen leaders of different rebel groups in the war ravaged town of Kachin, close to the border of China. They meet as they prepare for a major peace conference which will be held by the end of August and aims to restart full peace talks.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi met several senior ethnic rebel leaders that have been fighting for autonomy for some 60 years in a effort to secure their participation in her planned national peace summit scheduled for the end of August. The Union Peace Conference aims to lay the foundation for a re-invigorated peace process aiming to create a democratic and federal state.
  • The United States will provide an additional 21 million dollars to promote economic growth and capacity building for long-term development in the Burma. Ben Rhodes (US deputy national security adviser) says the initiative will support the government’s goal of tripling exports in five years, strengthen the ability of the government and the legal system to provide accountable and transparent oversight and modernize the agricultural sector.


  • A couple from India’s Dalit community have been hacked to death in Uttar Pradesh state by an upper caste grocer following a row over a debt of 15 rupees (16 pence). The Dalit community in the village have blocked roads in protest over the incident.
  • Indian authorities have re-imposed a curfew in the city of Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir to prevent a protest march called by separatist leaders after the killing of a popular rebel commander by Indian security forces earlier this month. Since the death of Burhan Wani on 8th July the region has seen considerable violence and unrest.


  • It has been reported that a multinational task force fighting Boko Haram has recaptured the town of Damasak in Borno. This is the latest success in ongoing military operations against the Islamist militants.
  • A recent report by the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee has found that Britain has not been doing enough to help Northern Nigeria. The report warns of the growing regional inequality between the conflict-stricken North and the more prosperous South, which UK aid should be directed to fighting.

South Sudan

Late at night civilians huddle for safety from the fighting on Friday 8th July between buildings near the UN base and compound in the capital Juba, South Sudan. (UNMISS via Associated Press, Eric Kanalstein).


  • Police have re-established a presence in the locality of Ambro in North Darfur for the first time in 13 years. Last month, North Darfur state governor Abdul-Wahid Yousif acknowledged existence of security problems in the state particularly in the capital, El-Fasher.




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