Canadian lawmakers have unanimously voted to declare Myanmar’s military actions against the Rohingya people a genocide. The House of Commons endorsed the findings of a UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar that found “crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya” and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders….more: theguardian
The country of Burma (Myanmar), faced with accusations of ethnic cleansing over its brutal campaign against Rohingya Muslims, is on the defensive.
The international community has ratcheted up its condemnation against the country’s military and its Nobel laureate leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for a crackdown which has sent an estimated 688,000 Rohingya fleeing across the border to Bangladesh…more: thedailybeast
Rwanda’s government on Monday said 22 French senior military officers helped to plan and execute the 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 people were killed. The French officers were involved both as perpetrators and accomplices, Rwanda’s National Commission for…
Charges of genocide were heard for the first time on Monday at the Khmer Rouge tribunal as the Trial Chamber began the next phase of Case 002/02 against defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, which will focus on the treatment of Cham Muslims during the Pol Pot era.
The 2010 closing order for Case 002, which recognizes the Cham as a distinct ethnic and religious group, alleges that the Communist Party of Kampuchea—in which the two surviving defendants were senior figures—initiated a policy to target, identify, gather and kill Cambodia’s Cham population…..more: cambodiadaily
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has denied in a BBC interview that his forces have used barrel bombs indiscriminately in civilian areas. He insists that his air force has only targeted “terrorists” and that civilians have not been harmed. But what are barrel bombs? And why is their use so controversial? MORE bbc