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‘A genocide against our people’: Australian Uyghur leader calls for athlete boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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Uyghur community leader Adam Turan says it “hurts” that Australian athletes are still taking part in the Winter Olympics “in a country where they’re carrying out a genocide against our people”. His voice adds to globa...

EU working to amend genocide denial law that is blamed for Bosnia crisis

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Senior EU officials are working behind the scenes to “correct” a new law in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) that criminalises denial of the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, after privately concluding it risks reignit...

Rohingya sue Facebook for £150bn over Myanmar genocide

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Facebook’s negligence facilitated the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar after the social media network’s algorithms amplified hate speech and the platform failed to take down inflammatory posts, according to leg...

‘It’s cultural genocide by bank transfer’: the Welsh speakers campaigning against second homes

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The Pembrokeshire village of Llandudoch – or St Dogmaels – sits picturesquely on the banks of a gentle bend in the River Teifi and boasts a ruined abbey, cosy pubs, and good fishing spots. But 16-year-old Minna Elster...

Māori party warns reopening New Zealand amid Covid outbreak would be ‘modern genocide’

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New Zealand’s government would be committing “modern genocide” by reopening the country as Covid spreads among under-vaccinated indigenous people, the Māori party has said. The comments come as the country is struggli...

Theoneste Bagosora, architect of Rwanda genocide, dies aged 80

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Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed, has died in a hospital in Mali....

‘Cultural genocide’: mapping the shameful history of Canada’s residential schools

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In May, Canadians were shocked at the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former school in British Columbia. The bodies belonged to Indigenous children, some believed to be as young as three year...

Ecocide must be listed alongside genocide as an international crime

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An international team of lawyers co-chaired by Philippe Sands QC and Dior Fall Sow has presented the outcome of its work announced in November last year to develop a legal definition of ecocide. This is a crucial step...

Ratko Mladić, ‘butcher of Bosnia’, loses appeal against genocide conviction

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UN appeal judges have upheld the convictions of the former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladić for genocide and other offences during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war and confirmed his life sentence. The judgment on Tuesday ...

Germany agrees to pay Namibia €1.1bn over historical Herero-Nama genocide

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Germany has to agreed to pay Namibia €1.1bn (£940m) to fund projects among communities affected by the Herero-Nama genocide at the start of the 20th century, in what Angela Merkel’s government says amounts to a gestur...

Kagame the winner as Macron gives genocide speech in Rwanda

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France bears a “terrible responsibility” for the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, President Emmanuel Macron has said in a long-anticipated speech in Kigali, the capital of the east Af...

Germany rules out financial reparations for Namibia genocide

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Germany has categorically ruled out financial reparations forming part of a planned formal apology to Namibia for colonial atrocities at the start of the 20th century, amid fears such payments could set a legal preced...

New Zealand draws back from calling Chinese abuses of Uyghurs genocide

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New Zealand’s parliament will not debate a motion that would label the abuses of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang as acts of genocide. Parliament opted instead on Tuesday to water down the language, and discuss concerns ...

Biden becomes first US president to recognise Armenian genocide

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Joe Biden has become the first US president declare formal recognition of the Armenian genocide, more than a century after the mass killings by Ottoman troops and opening a rift between the new US administration and A...

UK MPs declare China is committing genocide against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

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British MPs voted to declare that China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province. The motion passed on Thursday does not compel the government to act but is likely to mark a further declin...

Joe Biden set to formally recognize Armenian genocide, officials say

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Joe Biden is expected to formally recognize the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during the first world war as an act of genocide, according to US officials. The anticipated move – something Biden had pled...

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