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UN Court confirms life sentence on genocide for the Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic

A UN international tribunal upheld the conviction of the former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, sentenced to life prison on charges of genocides, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The sentence comes nearly three decades after Europe’s first genocide since WWII, which occurred during the war in the Balkans (1992-1995).


A new analysis shows the long-term population impact of Chinese birth control policies in Xinjiang

According to a new analysis by the German researcher Adrian Zenz, shared exclusively with Reuters ahead of publication, Chinese birth control policies could cut between 2.6 to 4.5 million births of the Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in southern Xinjiang within 20 years, up to a third of the region's projected minority population.


Hong Kong authorities banned public commemorations of Tienanmen Square massacre, putting activists in jail

Every year, on June 4, we remember the hundreds of students and workers killed in Beijing in 1989 in what is known as the "Tiananmen Square massacre". Each year, when this date comes around, the Chinese government tries to prevent the demonstrations for Tiananmen Square from taking place by using an iron fist against the activists. As yet, 2021 is being no exception. Instead, the vigil on June 4 has been declared illegal and the Chinese government already arrested some activists.


Germany recognizes Herero and Nama genocide

"I am pleased and grateful that we have been able to reach an agreement with Namibia on how to deal together with the darkest chapter of our common history," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday. In a joint statement, which is the result of more than six years of negotiations, Germany recognizes what happened in the then Southwest African colony between 1904 and 1908 as genocide, and pledges to pay 1.1 billion euros as a "gesture of recognition".


Macron asks Rwanda for forgiveness over the 1994 genocide

In a speech delivered on May 27, 2021, at the genocide memorial in Kigali, French President Macron said France had for too long "valued silence over examination of the truth", standing by a genocidal regime that killed about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.


“The solution is there; we need moderate leadership to implement it.”

Nadav Tamir, an Israeli diplomat, is the executive director of J Street Israel, a senior advisor for governmental and international affairs at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, and the former personal adviser of Shimon Peres for diplomatic affairs. In this interview on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he tells us about the existing realities of collaboration between Arabs and Jews, the role of the international community, and extremism and moderate leadership in both Israel and Palestine.


Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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