Kashmir unrest: 8 July 2016 to 24 Nov, 2016)
In occupied Kashmir, normal life remains affected in the Kashmir Valley since 8 July, 2016 , due to complete shutdown. The shutdown is being observed as part of the protest programme issued by the joint resistance leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, against the civilian killings and other brutalities of Indian forces in the occupied territory. The strike started on July 9, a day after the extrajudicial murder of popular youth leader, BurhanWani, in a fake encounter by Indian troops and has been extended till November 17. The killing has triggered a mass uprising in the territory and so far more than 140 people have been killed, over 16,000 injured and more than 400 blinded due to the firing of pellets, bullets and teargas shells by Indian forces on the peaceful protesters.The puppet authorities have detained thousands of people including Hurriyet leaders and activists to suppress the movement.
India executing Israeli model in IOK: Hurriyet leader
Srinagar, December 26: Kashmiri resistance movement facing the worst kind of state terrorism. In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that India with the active support of PDP-BJP led puppet regime is conspiring to implement the Israel’s anti-Palestine model in Jammu and Kashmir.Hurriyet leader and Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the circumstances witnessed by the Kashmiri people during the past six months and the way the Indian forces have tried to crush the just struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination was the worst example of state terrorism. Muhammad Yasin Malik while addressing a function in Srinagar said efforts are being made at multiple fronts to create ethnic and sectarian discord in the territory. Referring to issuance of domiciles to non-local Hindus in Jammu, he vowed that the people of Kashmir would defeat the move with unity.
Rohingya Muslims Crisis in Myanmar
Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims still in dreadful conditions: UN
UN getting daily reports of rapes, mass-killings, torture and other abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Burma at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces. UN human rights chief accuses Burmese government of taking ‘short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous’ approach to crisis. Although they have lived in Burma for generations, Rohingya Muslims are barred from citizenship in the nation of 50 million, and instead live as some of the most oppressed people in the world. Since communal violence broke out in 2012, more than 120,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes and crammed into squalid camps guarded by police. There, they are denied healthcare and education, and their movements are heavily restricted. Some have tried to flee by boat, but many ended up becoming victims of human trafficking or were held for ransom. ‘Courtesy Reuters”(16/12/2016)
Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Is ASEAN’s Responsibility
By : Termsak Chalermpalanupap : The regional organization cannot turn its back on this issue, and should be given the chance to help resolve it. Conflict analysts at the International Crisis Group say fighters behind the border post attacks have also killed several Rohingya “informers” perceived to be working with Myanmar authorities. ‘The Diplomat’
Malaysia: Myanmar pursues ethnic cleansing of Rohingya
Is the world ignoring the plight of the Rohingya? Malaysian prime minister urges foreign intervention to stop what he calls the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Pressure on government leaders in Myanmar is being ramped up – as Malaysia has accused its neighbour of committing genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Middle East (SYRIA)
Almost 24 hours without death records since announcing the casefire agreement in Syria by US and Russia. Hundreds of Thousands were killed during 66 months of the Syrian revolution.
The latest estimates by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number somewhere around 430,000 have been killed since the beginning of the Syrian revolution. If that’s right, it means about one out of every 50 people in the country has been killed.(update by 13/09/2016)
Aleppo battle : Syrian city ‘back under government control’
22 Dec: In a statement, the army said it had “returned security to Aleppo” and called it a “crushing blow” for rebels. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed “all civilians who wished to be evacuated have been, as well as the wounded and fighters”. This is the biggest victory for President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising against him began in 2011. At least 34,000 civilians and rebel fighters have been removed from eastern Aleppo over the past week, a UN official said earlier.
In November, Syrian government forces launched a renewed assault, and rapidly retook almost all of the opposition-held east. By mid-December they had pushed the rebels into just a few neighbourhoods. Tens of thousands of civilians fled those districts. The UN said it had received allegations that hundreds of men had gone missing since crossing into government-controlled areas – and that rebels prevented some civilians from leaving.
On 15 December, the warring sides reached an agreement to end the fighting, and on 22 December the government declared it had taken full control of the city following days of evacuations. ICRC spokeswoman Krista Armstrong said that everyone from each side who wanted to be evacuated had now been moved, and the process was complete.
The Syrian refugees may outnumber any other country’s refugees, but they make up less than half the number of Syrians driven from their homes by the war. Far more are internally displaced — still in Syria, but living like refugees in the country. More than half of Syrians uprooted, 9.7 million Still in their homes, 6.6 million internally displaced 4.8 million refugees.
Who’s hosting Syrian Refugees:- Turkey 2,700,000 – Lebebanon 1,000,000 – Jordan – 656,000 – Egypt —- 115,000 – Libya / North Africa 29,000 – Iraq 239,000.
Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in 21-month period, report says The Liberation of Mosul Begins.
IRAQ – (AhlulBayt News Agency) 32 districts recaptured Six districts left to recapture eastern Mosul from ISIS – Iraqi commander. Getting aid to civilians in Mosul is formidably difficult. Oxfam estimates there are still 1 million people in the city, while more than 100,000 have managed to flee. – Iraqi military intelligence seized control of the ISIS communication and media office in the city of Mosul, according to a statement released by the Iraq’s War Media Cell. 16 Dec: The Iraqi Directorate of General Military Intelligence (DGMI) jointly with the 16th Brigade ‘s Intelligence Unit in Shallalat District of Mosul captured the office. According to the statement, in the office, located near the Police Academy, the army seized several surveillance screens which were used to monitor the nearby villages and battlefields in the north of Mosul.
CTS commander Abdul Wahab al-Saedi said in statements that his forces had so far recaptured 32 districts from ISIS since operations to retake the city launched in 17th October, adding that troops were advancing in three other neighborhoods. “Our forces have managed to liberate significant and critical parts of the eastern shore of Mosul, and there are only six districts left before announcing the eastern section fully free from ISIS,” he said according to the same report.
Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
More than a million people have fled Somalia. Nearly three million have escaped Afghanistan. But it is Syria, wracked by civil war for more than five years, that produces the most refugees: nearly five million. Mediterranean migrant deaths reach record level in 2016. More than More than 10,000 children ‘missing’.
This year has become the deadliest for migrants crossing the Mediterranean bound for Europe, the UN refugee agency said, with those seeking to make the journey from Libya at greatest risk. “We can now confirm that at least 3,800 people have died, making 2016 the deadliest ever,” William Spindler, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote on Twitter. According to UN, 3,771 lives were lost during 2015, the previous highest number.