Monthly Archives: August 2015

Daily World News Digest, 5 August 2015

Kosovo parliament votes to allow war crimes court

The New York Times reported on 4 August that the Kosovo Parliament has amended the country’s constitution to allow for the creation of a war crimes court, which is expected to try ethnic Albanians accused of war crimes. The move is viewed by many world powers, including the United States and the European Union, as a vital prerequisite for regional reconciliation in the aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s. The 120-seat Parliament approved the constitutional changes by a vote of 82 to 5 on Monday. The court, which is to be made up of international judges and based in The Hague, is expected to hear war crimes cases, including accusations of organ harvesting committed against Serbs. Ethnic Albanians who oppose the court contend that it threatens to unfairly challenge the longstanding view of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and turn…

Daily World News Digest, 4 August 2015

Sudan: attacks in South Kordofan “constitute war crimes”

Amnesty International issued a report today confirming that government forces in Sudan have committed war crimes against the civilian population of South Kordofan. The report “Don’t we matter? Four years of unrelenting attacks against civilians of Sudan’s South Kordofan State” chronicles the human cost of the conflict which has claimed hundreds of civilian lives and sparked a dire humanitarian crisis. “For years Sudanese Armed Forces have been raining down bombs and shells indiscriminately on civilian populations, destroying lives and livelihoods and triggering a major humanitarian crisis,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s ‎Deputy Regional Director.

Search for missing persons from region continues

The Chronicle, weekly from South Australia, carried a story on 4 August saying that almost 6500 people in Queensland are reported missing every year, and police are urging the community to “Follow your Instincts” when it comes to preventing someone from becoming…

Daily World News Digest, 3 August 2015

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Army rescues 178 people

BBC carried a story on 3 August saying that the Nigerian military says it has rescued 178 people from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Borno state. In a statement released on Sunday, it said that 101 of those freed were children and a further 67 were women. The statement did not say if the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were among them. The military also says that a Boko Haram commander was captured and several camps were cleared. Boko Haram has killed some 5,500 civilians in Nigeria since 2014. More than 200 of the Chibok girls are still missing, more than a year after they were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria.

Sindh: A new Balochistan?

The News on Sunday, Pakistan’s weekly magazine, reported on 2 August that the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan…