September 30th, 2016
News Round-Up 30/09/16
News from HART:
- We have an interesting new blog post on women in Burma’s role in the peace process from our Research and Campaigns intern Rory Morgan, click here to read more.
- An IDP camp in Kachin State has been told it must obtain permission from the Kachin State government to deliver aid. No reasoning was provided for this change in policy.
- U.S President Obama has been accused by Human Rights Watch of failing child soldiers by sending military aid to Burma. The country’s military has been accused repeatedly of using child soldiers .
- India responds to Pakistan’s terror attacks through ‘surgical strikes’. The two nuclear-armed countries have been at war over the region of Jammu and Kashmir since 1948.
- The fight over water continues as section 144 is imposed in Bengaluru until the 30th of September. The water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has nearly brought the entire city of Bengaluru to a shut down.
- The U.N has warned that famine in Nigeria could claim 75,000 children. So far more than 20,000 people have been killed in the seven year Boko Haram uprising.
- The UK has expressed concerned over Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate. More than 100 women are estimated to lose their lives everyday giving birth.
- A gay asylum seeker fears for her life if she is deported back to Uganda. Yvonne Niwahereza Jele had her asylum claim denied five weeks ago and claims she has been jailed, persecuted and tortured for being gay in Uganda.
- Crimes against humanity continues as Amnesty International has recently reported that the Sudanese government conducted at least 30 chemical weapons attacks against civilians in the Darfur region. However, Sudan’s foreign minister strongly denied all charges. International Criminal Court has also issued arrest warrants for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
- Vice President of South Sudan has recently condemned a return to armed conflict declared by former Vice President Riek Machar. Machar’s call for war is against the present government led by President Salva Kiir and renewing the conflict would mean the country going into a fresh series of civil war
- 60 percent of social media users in South Sudan have used the tool to propagate hate speech and violence, notes a Juba based NGO. Radio and Internet has had an appalling influence on the political crisis that South Sudan currently faces.
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