EGYPT: UN experts condemn the execution of Coptic Christian monk: In a press release published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the experts confirmed that Mikhil was reportedly arbitrarily detained, tried, convicted and sentenced to death on 22 April, 2019, for allegedly killing an abbot at a monastery.
March 18, 2021
“The execution was conducted in secrecy, which is a serious violation of the inherent dignity of the human person and, specifically, violates the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” the experts expressed.
According to the experts, Mikhil was subjected to discriminatory treatment in prison prior to his execution. He was prevented from practicing religious rituals, prohibited from attending the weekly mass service and meeting the priest in charge of the prison service, despite this right being guaranteed by the Egyptian Constitution and law.
“The death penalty in retentionist states should be reserved for the most serious crimes and should be imposed only with extreme exception. However, the prevalence with which the death penalty is being executed in Egypt does not demonstrate that it meets the most stringent requirements or moving towards its abolition,” the experts stressed.
According to information received by the experts, over 50 executions have already taken place this year: 17 people were executed in April, 30 in March, six in February and one in January.
The UN experts called on the Egyptian authorities to end their systematic use of the death penalty, including against religious minorities
#AceNewsReport – May.24: Discussions were held and decisions made yesterday. The law passed by the Parliament will be implemented. The Leader has underlined the importance of this issue as well,” Qalibaf said:
TEHRAN: Qalibaf: ‘IAEA no longer to access images of Iran nuclear sites: He said the Majlis is fully resolved to implement its Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, which has tasked the administration with suspending extra commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal’
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“From May 22 and with the end of the three-month agreement, the agency will have no access to data collected by cameras inside the nuclear facilities agreed under the agreement, and cannot transfer them,” Qalibaf told the parliament Sunday.
The decision, Qalibaf said, is backed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Last December, Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions.
The law tasked the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) with producing and storing at least 120 kilograms of enriched uranium with a 20-percent purity level every year and raising enrichment beyond 20 percent according to the country’s needs.
In February, Iran and the IAEA reached a technical understanding under which Iran agreed to keep the camera footage of its nuclear sites for three months in a goodwill gesture, waiting to see if the other parties to the nuclear deal can bring the US back into full compliance with the accord.
That deadline expired on Saturday, with the prospects of bringing Washington back to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal is officially known, looking uncertain.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of the Iranian delegation to the Vienna talks, told Japan’s NHK channel on Friday that the Islamic Republic may consider extending the deal with the IAEA on inspection of its nuclear sites.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi is going to hold a news conference on Sunday afternoon.
Senior diplomats from Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA are in Vienna for negotiations on a potential revitalization of the deal, and an effective removal of the US sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.
The United States, under former president Donald Trump, left the JCPOA in May 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted on Iran.
Tehran responded to the US noncompliance through taking a series of remedial measures envisaged in the nuclear deal if in case the other side did not observe its obligations.
Iran has insisted that it would observe its commitments only after the US removed all its sanctions in one step and Tehran could verify it.
#AceNewsReport – May.17: Despite the escalation of murderous activities by the invading jihadists, “the U.N. has consistently downplayed the strength and nature of Islamic State’s influence in Congo.”
DRC: Congo: Muslims raid village, killing female UN peacekeeper and five villagers: It happened during an attack on the village
“Islamist militia kills female peacekeeper in east Congo – U.N.,” Reuters, May 10, 2021:
A female peacekeeper and five villagers were killed in an attack by an Islamist militia in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province on Monday morning, the U.N. and a civil rights group said.
“A peacekeeper was killed in an attack by alleged ADF in the Beni region,” said MONUSCO, the U.N. peacekeeping mission, which has deployed around 12,000 troops to contain violence by more than 120 armed groups in the east of the country.
A local civil rights group said separately that fighters with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist armed group with Ugandan origins, raided the village of Kilia killing five people.
The village, which is around 18km southeast of Beni, also hosts a temporary U.N. base.
In March the United States labelled the ADF a foreign terrorist organization because of alleged links to Islamic State group, although the U.N. has consistently downplayed the strength and nature of Islamic State’s influence in Congo….
#AceNewsReport – May.06: Mayor Claudia López requested the help of the army to guard the stations, calling the violence “inadmissible”.
Colombia Protests: ‘At least 19 deaths have been confirmed since they started & the UN has urged the security forces to refrain from using firearms’ as demonstrators were gathering for fresh nationwide protests on Wednesday’
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The victims include 18 civilians and a police officer, Colombia’s ombudsman said. More than 800 people have been injured in clashes between the police and demonstrators while more than 80 others are reported as missing.
Bogotá’s city officials said 25 immediate response police commando posts, known as CAI for the initials in Spanish, had been attacked during the night. CAI are small police stations which can be found dotted across neighbourhoods and often consist of little more than a room or two.
One CAI was set on fire with 15 officers inside, who managed to escape alive, Mr López said. There were also reports of police being shot and being attacked by people with knives, she added.
On Wednesday, city officials said the night of violence across Bogotá had left 72 civilians and 19 police officers injured. Incidents were also reported in other cities including Cali, where the clashes have been at their most violent.
Why are people protesting?
The demonstrations started on 28 April and were initially in opposition to the tax reform that the government said was key to mitigating the country’s economic crisis.
The rallies were organised by the biggest trade unions, but were also joined by many middle-class people who feared the changes could see them slip into poverty.
AFP: The nationwide protests were initially against the now-cancelled tax reform bill
The proposal would have lowered the threshold at which salaries are taxed, affecting anyone with a monthly income of 2.6m pesos ($684; £493) or more. It would also have eliminated many of the current exemptions enjoyed by individuals, as well as increasing taxes imposed on businesses.
On Sunday, President Iván Duque announced he would withdraw the bill. But that was not enough to stop the protests, which have become a broad call for improvements to Colombia’s pension, health and education systems, as well as against what demonstrators say is excessive use of violence by the security forces.
What is happening in Cali?
Some of the most violent incidents have been reported in the western city of Cali, the country’s third largest. Roads have been blocked and dozens of police, public and private buildings attacked. The commander of the army has been sent to the city to co-ordinate the security efforts.
AFPCali has been the scene of some of the worst clashes
It said that “police opened fire on demonstrators” in Cali on Monday. While no official figures have been released yet, local media say at least five people were killed.
Kevin Reyes, a community leader, told BBC Mundo that “hooded police and military officers fired using semiautomatic weapons and rifles” during a demonstration. “There were children and mothers,” he added.
Experts say other factors have contributed to the unrest: this is one of the most violent cities in the country, located in a region affected by decades of conflict waged by paramilitary groups and drug traffickers. They also point to the high number of weapons in the area.
“There are civilian groups calling for de-escalation of violence,” said Katherine Aguirre, a human rights expert. “But we’ve also seen groups of citizens who have started shooting from their homes, vigilantism stimulated by the flow of weapons in the city.”
What is the government saying?
The government has blamed the violence on left-wing rebels. It says it is being stoked by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) as well dissident factions of the Farc guerrilla group, who have not accepted the 2016 peace deal and have refused to disband.
“The violence was systematic, premeditated and financed by criminal organisations,” Defence Minister Diego Molano said.
Police officials say, in many cases, it was their officers who were attacked as they tried to prevent “criminal elements” from looting stores and torching buses.
Meanwhile, President Duque said the government was ready for national dialogue and announced the creation of a “space to listen to citizens and construct solutions”.
It is not the first time that anti-government protests have turned deadly in Colombia. Most recently, last September, at least seven people were killed in protests triggered by the deadly tasering of a man by police in Bogotá.
#AceWorldNews – SOMALIA – Dec.03 – At least four people were killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy, AFP reported.
The convoy of armoured vehicles was ferrying staff between Mogadishu’s airport and a protected UN base in the city when it was hit close to the airport gate.
No group has immediately claimed the attack.
Both the airport and the UN mission have been frequently targeted in the past by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab rebels.
#AceWorldNews – October 16 is World Food Day with events taking place across the globe to focus on the importance of the family farm in ending hunger and poverty.
‘UN Promotes Family Run Farms on World Food Day ‘
In large parts of the world small holder farming families are the norm and with more than 805 million hungry people world wide, the UN says they play a vital role in food production.
For example upwards of 70 per cent of people in Sub-Saharan-Africa rely directly on small farms for their livelihoods and helping them grow and earn more from their farms will contribute to the wealth and survival of communities.
#AceNewsServices – VIENNA – October 09. /TASS/. Iran failed to propose any new practical measures to resolve the disputable issues of its nuclear program at the October 7-8 meeting in Tehran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Thursday.
“Iran did not propose any new measures during the meetings in Tehran,” the statement reads.
Iran and the IAEA have been unable to agree on two unsettled issues in an effort to allay the UN watchdog’s concerns about the possible military dimensions of the program.
During the talks, the sides discussed the fulfilment of two practical measures agreed in May concerning neutron transport calculations and high explosives detonators, the statement says.
The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to continue negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, but the date has not been set yet.
“The Agency and Iran will continue discussions on these measures,” the Vienna-based UN agency said.
Western nations suspect Iran of using its nuclear research for developing atomic weapons while Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes only.
#AceNewsServices – October 08 – At least one United Nations peace-keeper was killed in a rocket attack on a joint UN-French military base in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Tuesday, a spokesman for the UN mission said.
Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the UN force, known as MINUSMA, said between six and eight rockets had been fired at the camp.
“One MINUSMA soldier was killed in the attack,” Salgado said, without giving details on the nationality of the peacekeeper. There were no initial reports of casualties among the French forces from the rocket fire.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, but Islamist militants operating in Mali’s vast desert north have stepped up attacks on foreign forces in recent weeks. Nine UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush last Friday.
UN peacekeepers were deployed across northern Mali in an effort to secure the country after separatists and Islamist forces took advantage of a power vacuum created by a coup in the capital in 2012 to seize the north.
The Islamists were scattered by French forces early last year and elections have since been held. But there has been a marked increase in attacks in recent months as France moved its focus away from Mali towards a regional security mission.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Golan Heights) – September 17 – Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters have driven out hundreds of UN peacekeepers from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, taking their uniforms and vehicles, Syrian UN envoy Bashar Jaafari said.
The fighters“had succeeded in occupying all of the Syrian side” of the Golan Heights, forcing troops from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to retreat.“The terrorists are now using United Nations cars, which hold the emblem of the United Nations forces in the Golan.
They are using the uniform of the UNDOF, the weapons of UNDOF, the positions of UNDOR to shell on the Syrian army as well as on the civilians in villages,”Jaafari told reporters.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Golan Heights situation during a session on Wednesday.
#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA (Golan Heights) – September 11 – Vehicles carrying freed Fijian UN peacekeepers arrived in Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Thursday, the UN confirmed.
The Syrian rebels from Al-Nusra Front had released all 45 Fijian soldiers who worked as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.
The soldiers were expected to cross from Syria into Israel, the TV channel said. All of them are reportedly safe.
The UN confirmed 45 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers had been released, AFP said.
Earlier The Security Council called again today for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 United Nations peacekeepers seized late last week by an armed group in the Golan, while the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said the UN is continuing to look at ways to enhance safety and security procedures in what has become a “very challenging situation.” Read more
#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Mosul) – July 28 – Thanks to a fellow blogger called American Liberal Times certain doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group ISIS controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about female genital mutilation (FGM) and a post provided by #AceWorldNews may appear to be incorrect, so here is an updated story from BBC News
A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that ISIS wanted all females aged between 11 and 46 in the northern city to undergo the procedure.
#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – July 24 – EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels at 9.30 local time on Thursday (24 July) are set to discuss a raft of new sanctions on Russia, as Moscow has shown no signs of wanting to meet an EU ultimatum over Ukraine, reported EUobserver.
I am neither Russian, Ukrainian, American or believe that any type of conflict where innocents die is right. I just believe in the truth as a human being, blogger, truthful man and editor of Ace News Group.
So when any country, nation or people is being persecuted and sanctioned without proof, something needs to be said.
So I say to everyone reading this post, stand-up and voice your opinion of this situation, as politicians, world leaders and the western press, have done.
This is my statement of how l feel: So Here Goes.
This is a country that allowed the people to vote on Crimea becoming part of the Russian Federation and allowed these people freedom to choose, their governmental body.
This is also a country that has been accused of a crime, it so far has not been solidly proven was either by their design or by their hand.
This is a country that has taken over its borders thousands of Ukrainian Refugees, and provided food and shelter.
And this is a country that wants to provide a way to broker peace between two warring nations, Israel and Palestine.
So President Obama, David Cameron and the United Nations, where is your proof. Or is this country, federation and nation guilty without proof? Show the world your proof you world leaders and then you have the right with mine and many others blessing to sanction this country.
Though if as l imagine it is all hearsay, conjecture and made up truths and half-truths you do not have that right. Neither does any other leader or country have the right to accuse, any citizen of Russia of a crime that has been committed until the absolute truth has been proven.
#AceBreakingNews – DOHA – July 20 – Doha has announced it will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, which will look to try and push for an end to fighting in the Gaza strip, according to a senior source from the country reported RT.
The session is due to take place in Doha and will be chaired by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between the Islamist Hamas group and the international community, said the source.
“Qatar has presented Hamas’ demands to the international community. The list has been presented to France and to the UN. The talks tomorrow will be to further negotiate these conditions.”
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected Egyptian efforts to end the fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal area and a recommittment to a ceasefire reached in an eight-day war there in 2012.
The conditions include the release of prisoners re-arrested since a 2011 exchange deal with Israel, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and an end to an Israeli blockade on the Gaza seaport, a Hamas source in Doha said.
“In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove the actions that resulted from its military offensive in the West Bank after June 12,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in the Palestinian Territories.
Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal, which Hamas has already rejected. And the Hamas source in Doha said the group has no plans to change its conditions for a ceasefire.
“We want the rights of our people. Palestinians on the ground are supporting us and we will get them back their rights,” said the source.
#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – July 09 – The sale of marijuana in Uruguay has been delayed due to “practical difficulties” in implementing a law legalizing cannabis, President José Mujica said in an interview with AFP, adding that sales will begin “next year.”
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – April 2014 – Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because President Jose Mujica has not yet decreed the new regulations, said the government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally.
Mujica is expected to sign off on the rules in coming days. He proposed the landmark legalization law to undermine drug trafficking.
On Dec. 23rd, President José Mujica signed into law a bill that creates a legal, regulated marijuana industry.
Despite backlash from the U.N. and neighbouring countries like Brazil, President Mujica believes legalization provides a better solution than prohibition, and will ultimately help combat drug trafficking.
While Uruguay is now the first and only country to fully legalize marijuana, other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Chile, are already looking to follow suit.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (PYONGYANG) – July 02 – North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
A South Korean Ministry of Defence official, however, was not able to confirm exactly what kind of weapons were launched but said they were assumed to be 300mm rockets launched from one of North Korea’s many Multiple Rocket Launchers.
Pyongyag tested two short-range missiles on Sunday in violation of a UN resolutions, that prohibit North Korea from procuring and using ballistic missile technology, but short-range rocket launchers are not included in the ban.
New tests came one day ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul. Pyongyang is likely to be high on the agenda when Xi meets his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, Reuters said.
AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 21 – Russia will veto a UN resolution to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.
Churkin said Russia believes the move would lead to the escalation of the conflict. Earlier, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov also said Russia would veto the French-proposed resolution.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 16 – So says UN human rights chief Pillay in a report that lists examples of targeted killing, torture, abductions mostly carried out by anti-gov groups * concerned about safety of Ukraine presidential candidates * concerns over harassment and potential deportation of Crimean citizens who did not apply for Russian citizenship * trying to verify reports of killings and woundings by Ukrainian forces.
Have credible reports of detentions amounting to enforced disappearance Not good behaviour by either side as the sorry tale continues.