UN condemns deadly airstrike on migrant centre as possible war crime
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and several UN bodies, have condemned Tuesday’s deadly airstrike on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which hit a detention centre for migrants and refugees, killing at least 44, and severely injuring more than 130.
Ms. Bachelet said in a statement that she was “shocked by the death and injury” of migrants and refugees in the attack on the Tajoura Detention Centre, in the suburbs of the capital, and indicated that it may amount to a war crime.
The condemnation was echoed by the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, who said that the attack was a “cowardly act”, as it killed “innocent people whose dire conditions forced them to be in that shelter”
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), and the UN migration agency, (IOM), both called for an immediate investigation into the airstrike which, they said in a statement, speaks to the “deep concerns” that both agencies have expressed “repeatedly” over the safety of detainees.
The strike was the second time that the centre, which houses some 600 migrants, has been targeted during the current conflict.
Situation in Myanmar is deteriorating, says UN human rights expert
The human rights situation in Myanmar is deteriorating, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday, citing concerns about possible war crimes in Rakhine State; the treatment of minorities; and the environment.
In an address to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, said that freedom of expression continues to be “stifled through draconian laws”, which are used to suppress criticism of the armed forces.
Ms. Lee said that Rohingya refugees sheltering in camps in Cox’s Bazar, over the border in Bangladesh, are being subjected to a human rights crisis that was, she said, entirely the responsibility of Myanmar.
UN experts say millions in Indian state of Assam dealing with ‘xenophobic climate’
Millions of people from minority backgrounds, in the Indian state of Assam, are living in a “xenophobic climate”, and face marginalization and a rise in hate speech on social media, independent UN experts warned on Wednesday.
The concerns raised by the group of UN Special Rapporteurs, are linked to draft amendments to the Assam National Register of Citizens, which excludes more than 4 million people from the list, in particular Muslims and Hindus of Bengali descent.
Those excluded from the final list, due to be published on 31 July, will have to prove to a tribunal that they are not “irregular foreigners”, and, say the experts, they risk statelessness, deportation, or prolonged detention.
The Special Rapporteurs added that the process may exacerbate xenophobia, whilst fuelling religious intolerance and discrimination, and called on the Indian authorities to step in and take “resolute action.”