Weekly News Round-Up (16/10/15)

16 October 2015

News From HART

Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Sudan following the findings by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor that Sudanese armed forces used air-dropped cluster bombs in Darfur and South Kordofan’s Nuba Mountains in the first half of 2015.

Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State: We have brought this issue to the attention of the Government of Sudan. We have also raised the use of cluster munitions in Darfur through the UN Security Council and will continue to do so. Most recently, the UK-drafted Security Council resolution 2228 called for the Government of Sudan to immediately investigate evidence on cluster munitions presented by the Secretary General. The UK is clear that cluster munitions should in no circumstances be used to target civilians, and urge all States to act in accordance with international humanitarian law.

  • For World Food Day 2015, HART Intern Natasha Self highlights the pioneering work of HIAM Health in Timor-Leste. Read her blog here!



  • India has downplayed a US report on lack of religious freedom in the country. The report states that India has recently witnessed ‘religiously motivated killings, arrests, riots and coerced religious conversions’.
  • A senior minister in India’s ruling party has prompted a storm of criticism from liberals and minorities after suggesting that Muslims are second class citizens and should leave the country if they do not abide by Hindu customs.
  • India has strongly dismissed Pakistan’s raising of the Jammu and Kashmir issue in the UN, asserting that the references constitute a ‘clear interference’ in its internal affairs. India also stated that Kashmir is, has always been and will remain an integral part of India.



South Sudan



  • Services take place to remember the Balibo Five, journalists reporting Indonesia’s attack at Timor-Leste’s border killed 40 years ago today, as well as Roger East, killed two months later during the Indonesian invasion.
  • Today on World Food Day, HART celebrate the pioneering work of its partner HIAM Health including a visual depiction of their methods.


  • Mixed blessings for Uganda on World Food Day; whilst indicators show that hunger, stunting and mortality among Ugandan children is decreasing, the undernourished population of Uganda has increased.
  • Police brutality is on the rise against opposition supporters ahead of elections, says Human Rights Watch.
  • The deadline has passed for Ugandan army withdrawal from South Sudan. The UPDF remain in Jonglei State, in spite of committing to withdraw when the Ugandan government signed as a guarantor of the recent peace agreement between South Sudan’s warring parties last August.
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