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Synagogue gunman spoke of ‘genocide and desire to kill Jews’

PITTSBURGH: The Pittsburgh synagogue gunman spoke of "genocide and his desire to kill Jewish people" during his attack, authorities said Sunday, as they identified his 11 victims and worked to console the living. Forty-six-year old suspect Robert Bowers, who was taken into custody after a firefight with police, could face the death penalty after being charged with multiple counts of murder and hate crimes over Saturday's attack. "During the course of his deadly assault on the people of the synagogue, Bowers made…

Sikh group claims Twitter blocked its website head of 1984 violence anniversary

NEW YORK: Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), an advocacy group, has claimed that social media giant Twitter has reportedly blocked phrase www.1984SikhGenocide.org from the micro-blogging website. The group which disseminates information regarding the alleged genocide of Sikhs that took place in India between 1984 to 1997 with particular emphasis on November 1984 riots. Anti-Sikh violence erupted in India after the Operation Blue Star was launched at the Golden Temple in Amritsar ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to…

Top UN human rights official toughens warning of ‘genocide’ in Myanmar

GENEVA: The top U.N. human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according to a television interview to be shown on Monday. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein told the BBC that attacks on the Rohingya had been “well thought out and planned” and he had asked Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to stop the military action. Zeid has already called the campaign…

Possible ‘elements of genocide’ in Myanmar: UN rights chief

UNITED NATIONS: The UN rights chief called Tuesday for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar's abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible "elements of genocide". Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks against the Rohingya, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution. An army-led crackdown has forced some 626,000 people to flee from…

UN prosecutor urges Croatian leaders to face up to war-time past

THE HAGUE: The chief prosecutor of the UN war crimes court Sunday urged Croatian leaders to face up to what happened in the past and work towards reconciliation, after the suicide of a Bosnian Croat leader. In dramatic scenes Wednesday, Slobodan Praljak swallowed poison before UN tribunal judges, just moments after they upheld his 20-year jail sentence for war crimes in the 1990s Balkans conflicts. "It is unfortunate that Mr. Praljak made the choice to end his life," Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor for the…

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ found guilty of genocide

THE HAGUE: UN judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago. The trial of the man dubbed "The Butcher of Bosnia" was the last before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and comes as the court prepares to close its doors next month. The court found him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity…

Bangladesh minister speaks of ‘genocide’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine

DHAKA: Bangladesh's foreign minister said on Sunday that genocide was being waged in Myanmar's violence-racked Rakhine state, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country. "The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide," A.H. Mahmood Ali told reporters after briefing diplomats in Dhaka. Ali met Western and Arab diplomats and the heads of UN agencies based in Bangladesh to seek support for a political solution and humanitarian aid for the Rohingya. He…

Pakistan condemns genocide of Rohingya Muslims

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet of Pakistan in a meeting on Thursday condemned the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in the chair of the meeting in Islamabad, passed a resolution to this effect. The resolution said Pakistan condemns the cold-blooded and callous genocide of innocent Rohingya Muslims, including women, children and even infants under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar. Read More: Iran prepares aid for Myanmar Rohingyas The resolution said…