BRITAIN JOINS OTHER NATIONS IN DECLARING CHINA’S ACTIONS TOWARDS UYGHURS GENOCIDE

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By Donnelly McCleland The House of Commons has declared for the first time that genocide is taking place against Uyghurs and others in northwest China. More than a million people are estimated to have been detained at camps in the region of Xinjiang. The motion approved by MPs does not compel the UK to take…

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SUICIDE CASES AMONG SYRIAN CHILDREN RISING SHARPLY

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The suicide rate among Syrian youth is rising, according to Save the Children which recorded 246 suicides and 1,748 attempts among young Syrians in the last three months of 2020. Within the first three months of 2021, the rate at which Syrians were attempting suicide went up by 86%. According to the UK-based charity, 18%…

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KYRGYZSTAN AND TAJIKISTAN AGREE TO CEASEFIRE AFTER VIOLENT CLASHES

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On Saturday 1 May, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed to a complete ceasefire during a crisis meeting, after more than 40 people were killed in the most recent clashes along contested borders. The two governments held multi-level discussions over the weekend, including a telephonic conversation between Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. The…

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JUST A MINUTE: THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND TURKEY’S SALVATION

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by Gustav Krös On 24 April, Joe Biden became the first US president to formally acknowledge the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 as a genocide. Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is commemorated annually on 24 April as it is seen as the starting date of the genocide that cost the lives of as many as…

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RUSSIA BEGINS TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM UKRAINE BORDER

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Russia began withdrawing military units from the Ukrainian border and the Crimean Peninsula, after weeks of heightened tension over Russian troop build-up in the area. On Thursday 22 April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the objectives of the sweeping military manoeuvres were accomplished. He ordered the units on exercise back to their permanent bases…

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HAITIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS LANGUISH IN MEXICO

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Amid a surge of migrants at the US/Mexico border, are a group of people that is often left out of the narrative. There are currently around 4,000 people from Haiti living in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Awaiting the resolution of asylum cases, this Haitian population faces rising levels of discrimination from both the…

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SOMALI PRESIDENT SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL MEASURE EXTENDING TERM BY TWO YEARS

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By Donnelly McCleland Somalia has accused some of its foreign backers of undermining its sovereignty after the embattled government was threatened with sanctions over a decision to extend its mandate by two years. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed [commonly known as Farmajo] on Wednesday [14 April] signed into law a “special resolution” extending his time…

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CHAD FACES UNCERTAINTY AS RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT DIES ON FRONTLINE

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On 20 April, the day after Chad’s President Idriss Deby was declared the winner of the country’s presidential election, Mr Deby died while visiting troops on the frontline of a fight against northern rebels. The sudden and mysterious death of one of the longest-serving African presidents – described as a ‘strongman,’ and seen as a…

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DENMARK BECOMES FIRST EU COUNTRY TO REVOKE RESIDENCY PERMITS FOR SOME SYRIANS

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Denmark has become the first European country to deny the renewal of residency permits for Syrian refugees, arguing that some parts of Syria are safe enough to return to. The renewal of temporary residency permits has been denied to at least 189 Syrians because of a report that states Syria’s security has “improved significantly.” In…

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