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Morocco becomes 6th Arab country to normalise ties with Israel; US to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara
Middle East, World

Morocco becomes 6th Arab country to normalise ties with Israel; US to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara

Summary:  Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalise relations in a deal brokered by the United States. As part of the agreement, US has agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the Western Sahara. The Polisario Front wants to establish an independent state in the territory with the backing of Algeria and the African Union. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the deal as historic and thanked Trump for his extraordinary efforts. However, Palestine has criticised the deal saying it encouraged Israel's 'denial of their rights' over the territory. Polisario Front has said that it will continue to fight for the right of the Saharawi people to establish an independent state. Morocco becomes the fourth Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel and normalise ...
Why the World Needs an Indian Model of Human Rights
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Why the World Needs an Indian Model of Human Rights

Summary: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights were the outcome of two world wars in which the world faced strong loses of life and humanity. In 18th and 19th Century rise of consumerism undoubtedly changed the dynamics of the world where products were created on the demand of market or market was created after creating a product. Though UDHR have been passed and ratified by majority of the countries, yet it seems that human right agenda has not been taken care properly across the globe and the result is the modern world is divided in the name of sex, race, class and religion. Indian philosophy was always duty driven considering all animate and inanimate object of the earth as manifestation of god. It does not support the idea of rights being alienated to the concept of duties. Kar...
Hindus in Pakistan: A Saga of Systematic, Chronic and Shocking violations of religious freedom
Analysis, Asia, Featured

Hindus in Pakistan: A Saga of Systematic, Chronic and Shocking violations of religious freedom

Summary: Human rights and religious freedom conditions continued to deteriorate at an unprecedented rate in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan during 2019-2020. Pakistan’s widespread violation of human rights and its tolerance of human rights violations by non-state actors demonstrate a blatant disregard for its obligations under international human rights norms. As a result, Pakistan remained on the U.S. State Department’s list of Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, for its “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom” against its religious minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Ahmadiyya Muslims, and Shia Muslims. (U.S. Department of State, 2018; Pompeo, 2019). But despite rampant human rights violati...
Indonesia: Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab’s return to Jakarta results in riots, leaves six dead
Asia, World

Indonesia: Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab’s return to Jakarta results in riots, leaves six dead

Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab who had earlier demanded 'Sharia rule' returned from self-exile in Saudi Arabia last month and had declared plans for a "moral revolution" in Indonesia. However, his return has been marked by riots and incidents of violent clashes with the police. Clashes between his supporters and police have left six people dead who the police say were shot in self defence. Shihab is the founder of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) which aims to Islamise the politics of the country, bring 'Sharia Law' and also cleanse Indonesia of non-Islamic influences. Jakarta's police chief Fadil Imran said that supporters of Rizieq Shihab clashed with the police as they tried to reach a police station where he was to be questioned. Shihab was due to be questioned on Monday for violati...
Eight more arrested in Hong Kong as crackdown on pro-democracy activists continues
Asia, World

Eight more arrested in Hong Kong as crackdown on pro-democracy activists continues

Hong Kong police have arrested eight top pro-democracy figures on suspicion of unauthorised assembly during a July 1 protest, reports Hong Kong Free Press. Leung Kwok-hung, Figo Chan and Tang Sai-lai of the League of Social Democrats, and Eastern District Councillors Tsang Kin-sing, Andy Chui and Lancelot Chan were among those arrested on Tuesday morning by Hong Kong Island Regional Criminal Unit officers. Ex-lawmaker Eddie Chu was arrested for organising and participating in the assembly at his residence. He was taken to Yuen Long police station and Pat Heung police station according to his Facebook page (below). The Democratic Party said on Facebook that their former chair Wu Chi-wai was also arrested for allegedly inciting and participating in the assembly. They cited a source s...
2019 Christchurch mosque shootings – There was no conclusive way to detect the attack ‘except by chance’, inquiry report says
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2019 Christchurch mosque shootings – There was no conclusive way to detect the attack ‘except by chance’, inquiry report says

Summary: The Royal Commission of Inquiry instituted into the  Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019 shows how the shooter Brenton Tarrant was able to elude detection by authorities by keeping a low profile and not telling anyone of his plans. However, the report goes beyond the shooting incident and has inquired into the system of gun licenses which was prevalent in New Zealand. The report also blames the New Zealand’s intelligence agencies for being too focused on the threat posed by Islamic extremism at the expense of other threats including white supremacism. The Royal Commission of Inquiry instituted into the  Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019 released on Tuesday, shows how the shooter was able to elude detection by authorities as he planned and executed his att...
Venezuela votes in parliamentary election amid political crisis
South America, World

Venezuela votes in parliamentary election amid political crisis

Summary: The 2020  Venezuelan parliamentary elections are being held amid a raging political crisis. The opposition has boycotted the elections alleging that it would help President Nicolas Maduro strengthen his grip on both the country's  legislature and the National Assembly. His opponent Juan Guaido is set to lose his leadership of Venezuela's National Assembly. With the opposition boycotting the polls, Maduro presidency is a forgone conclusion. However, the protests over food, livelihood, opportunities and opposition sponsored violence will continue if Maduro fails in addressing the real problems facing the people. With socialist policies having failed a once thriving Venezuela, Maduro and his government have to look into alternate sources of revenue and employment generation. He a...
Protecting the World Heritage Sites
Analysis, World

Protecting the World Heritage Sites

Summary: Terrorist Organisations like ISIS and al-Qaeda have destroyed the heritage sites at Nimrud, Palmyra Monuments, Bamiyan Buddhas, sites in Kismayo, Samarra in Iraq and many more. Preserving heritage sites are a duty for the present generation of humans for the future. UNESCO had approved a proposal to send UN peacekeepers to protect heritage sites around the world from various threats, primarily from terrorist attacks and destruction by militants. Through this way many historical monuments can be saved and preserved for future. The United Nations (UN) created in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II to Maintain worldwide peace and security, Developing relations among nations, Fostering cooperation between nations in order to solve economic, social, cultura...
The BRI Quagmire and India
Analysis, Asia, Featured, National

The BRI Quagmire and India

Summary: While BRI’s strategic implications for India in its entirety require in-depth analysis, some of the economic corridors proposed by China are prima facie inimical to Indian strategic interests. Of most pressing concern is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or PoK which makes its construction a clear case of breach of Indian sovereignty. The BRI quagmire challenges both the foreign policy of India and also its resolve to stand on its own despite pressures at home and abroad. The way ahead for India is to shed the romanticism of the past in its foreign policy and adapt a pragmatic and forthright intervention on matters that question its interests. Indian interventions in Maldives debt-crisis and Sri Lanka’s Mattala airpor...
US to withdraw most troops from Somalia; Fight against terror organisation Al-Shabaab could be affected, say experts
Africa, World

US to withdraw most troops from Somalia; Fight against terror organisation Al-Shabaab could be affected, say experts

The Pentagon on Friday said that it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump’s orders, reports AP. The move is in continuation of Trump's policy to reduce involvement of U.S. troops in counter-terrorism missions outside US soil. Trump had recently ordered troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq with only a few thousand soldiers staying for the time being. Though Trump had declared that every soldier will be withdrawn from overseas missions, allies of the US in Europe, Asia, including members of NATO had cautioned against complete withdrawal. The U.S. military continues to maintain presence in neighboring Djibouti on the Bab al-Mandab Strait in order to counter the terrorists. In line with this policy, the US was expected to withdraw some troo...