Author: Ainullah

Britain First leader and deputy leader jailed for hate crimes

Jayda Fransen (left) and Paul Golding (right) had denied religiously-aggravated harassment   The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. Paul Golding, 36, and Jayda Fransen, 32, were arrested over the distribution of leaflets and posting of online videos during a gang-rape trial. Fransen was convicted of three counts of religiously aggravated harassment. Golding was found guilty of one charge. Both were jailed at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court. Fransen was handed a 36-week sentence and Golding 18 weeks. During their trial in January, the court heard they had targeted homes and people in Kent whom they believed were connected to a rape trial at Canterbury Crown Court where three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed. The pair, both from Penge in south-east London, were arrested in May last...

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UN: Myanmar should be investigated for crimes against Rohingya

The UN human rights chief has called for all atrocities committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution. Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, who has previously described Myanmar’s campaign against the Rohingya as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”, also urged the country to allow monitors into restricted areas to investigate what he called suspected “acts of genocide”. If they want to disprove the allegations of serious violations against the Rohingya, “invite us in” to Rakhine State, Zeid told a news conference on Friday in Geneva. “We are saying there are strong suspicions that, yes, acts of genocide may have taken place. But only a court can confirm this,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added. Al-Hussein’s comments come after Myanmar National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Thursday that “if it was genocide, they [Rohingya] would all be driven out”. Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist, said the UN’s announcement was “long overdue.”...

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Sri Lanka: UN condemns anti-Muslim violence

Communal violence in central Kandy region has led to the deaths of at least two people with dozens injured. The United Nations has condemned a string of anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka including the burning of mosques and businesses. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Sri Lankan government the people behind the violence should be brought to justice. During his visit, Feltman “condemned the breakdown in law and order and the attacks against Muslims and their property”, a UN statement said. Feltman, who met with local Muslim leaders to show solidarity, “urged swift and full implementation of the government’s commitment to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice, to take measures to prevent recurrence, and to enforce non-discriminatory rule of law”....

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Western states aided Egypt’s military power consolidation

Western governments and arms companies have contributed to the Egyptian military’s consolidation of political power, a new report said. Titled The Officers’ Republic, the report was published by Transparency International Defence & Security  a week before Egyptians take to the polls in an election that is expected to see the president and military general, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, secure another four-year term. The report said Western defence companies – with approval from their governments – continue to provide Egypt’s military with aid and security support without any form of “meaningful...

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Syria war: Turkey arrests hundreds for criticising

More than 300 people have been arrested in Turkey after posting messages online criticising the country’s military offensive across the border in Syria. The messages condemning the Turkish military operation to push a Kurdish militia out of Syria’s northern region of Afrin were posted on social media. The users were detained for spreading “terror propaganda”, officials said. Detainees, it added, included politicians, journalists and activists. It comes after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) over an anti-war message. Mr Erdogan said that doctors from the medical association were “filth” and “terrorist lovers” after they had warned that Turkey’s military operation could turn into a humanitarian tragedy. The Turkish president added that such comments were a “betrayal”, and referred to members of the association as “agents of imperialism”. He was referring to comments last week in which the TTB denounced the cross-border operation, calling for “peace immediately”. The association later said it had a responsibility to speak out, adding that remarks by senior government officials had made it a target of attacks.  (Courtesy...

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