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Amnesty International report documents military atrocities in Myanmar – JURIST

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Amnesty International published a report on Tuesday documenting atrocities committed by the Myanmar military, including the burning of villages, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and the extrajudicial execution of civilians. After seizing power in a coup on February 1, 2021, the army committed “serious human damage”. human rights violations” in Myanmar’s Kayin and Kayah states between December 2021 and March 2022. The report says the military subjected civilians to “collective punishment…arbitrary detentions often resulting in torture or execution extrajudicial attacks, and systematic looting and burning of villages. ” Amnesty International also says that the military attacks killed hundreds of civilians, displaced more than 150,000 civilians and destroyed numerous homes, schools, health centers and places of worship. Between December 2021 and March 2022, Amnesty International documented 24 mortar attacks that killed civilians and destroyed infrastructure. During the same time period, eight airstrikes were documented on villages and an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in eastern Myanmar. The report says: “The attacks, which killed nine civilians and injured at least nine more, destroyed civilian homes and religious buildings. In almost all of the documented attacks, only civilians appear to be present.” The report highlights an ignominious incident in which soldiers in Kayah state “arrested at least 35 women, men and children in various vehicles on December 24, 2021 and then proceeded to kill them. and burn their bodies. The report concluded that military attacks against civilians in eastern Myanmar are one component of a long history of brutality and impunity. Amnesty International’s Matt Wells called for the international community to intervene: The military’s continued crimes against civilians in eastern Myanmar reflect decades-long patterns of abuse and blatant impunity. The international community, including ASEAN and UN member states, must address this festering crisis now. The UN Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Myanmar and refer the situation there to the International Criminal Court. In February 2022, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing oral arguments in a case to determine whether Myanmar has violated the Genocide. Convention. In addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in his report, published for the forty-ninth ordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, details the violations of human rights by the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar army . The OCHCR urged the international community to take “concerted and immediate action” to stop human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar.

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Trump Affiliated Businessman Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Political Donation Crimes – JURIST

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The Justice Department said Wednesday that Lev Parnas, a businessman involved in the Trump-Ukraine affair, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on multiple counts related to soliciting donations from a foreign national. Parnas was convicted on charges of “conspiring to make political contributions of a foreign national in conjunction with soliciting and aiding and abetting the making thereof, conspiracy to make fictitious donations, participation in a wire fraud conspiracy, and making false statements and falsifying records. Parnas will also pay more than $2 million in restitution. The charges of making political contributions by a foreign national stem from events that occurred in March 2018. Parnas and other associates wanted to launch a business to obtain retail marijuana licenses in the US. The group turned over hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions before the 2018 election to curry favor with anyone who could help Parnas and his associates obtain these licenses. Parnas and an associate made a donation of $325,000 and falsely claimed that the donation was from Global Power Producers (GEP). Parnas also lied about the fact that he was receiving bogus donations and the contributions were not his own money. The fraud guarantee charges are from between 2012 and 2019. Parnas planned to defraud several people by convincing them to invest in his company. He said the contributions would be used solely for his business. Instead, the payments were withdrawn in cash, placed in personal bank accounts, and used for personal expenses. Damian Williams, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, stated: “Parnas also defrauded the American public by pumping Russian money into US elections and lying about the origin of funds for political contributions. My office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who put their personal and financial benefit above their country and their investors.” The office’s Public Corruption Unit is handling the Parnas case.

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Indonesian parliament passes law to create more provinces in Papua amid fears of government crackdown – JURIST

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The Indonesian People’s Representative Council on Thursday approved legislation to establish three new provinces in the Papua region. The decision was made during the 26th plenary session when all members unanimously agreed to pass three bills that established the new provinces. Currently, the easternmost region of Indonesia is divided into two regions, Papua and West Papua. However, it will now be divided into five provinces. The three new provinces have been named, South Papua Province with Merauke as its capital, Central Papua Province with Nabire as its capital, and Papua Mountains Province with Jaya wijaya as its capital. Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung, Chairperson of the Council Commission, stated that: The purpose of partitioning Papua is to speed up equitable development, speed up the improvement of public services, speed up community welfare and uplift the dignity of the indigenous people of Papua. Papua. Taking into account political, administrative and legal aspects, socio-cultural unity, human resource preparation, basic infrastructure, economic capacity, future developments and aspirations of the Papuan people. Veronica Koman of Amnesty International Australia expressed concern about how the legislation would affect Papuans. She said that by “cutting and dividing Papua into smaller administrative units, [the Indonesian government] hopes to divide and conquer Papuan identity and resistance.”

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German court sentences 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to 5 years in prison – JURIST

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Germany’s Neuruppin Regional Court in Brandenburg on Tuesday convicted a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced him to five years in prison. Former SS guard Josef Schuetz was indicted for his involvement in the “execution by firing squad of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942” and for operating the gas chambers at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Josef denied all the alleged charges and claimed that he worked as a farm laborer near Pasewalk in northeast Germany. However, the court began the trial last year in October. Judge Udo Lechtermann noted that the defendant “voluntarily supported mass extermination” in his role. He further said: The court is satisfied that you worked as a guard in the concentration camp for about three years, despite your claims to the contrary. You saw how deported people were cruelly tortured and killed there every day for three years. Sachsenhausen saw 200,000 people imprisoned, with at least 30,000 deaths. Joseph is considered the oldest person to be convicted of Holocaust crimes. Previously, a 93-year-old former guard was convicted of 5,232 murders and a 95-year-old former field secretary was charged with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder, rulings pending. Joseph can appeal his sentence to the Federal Court of Justice within a week.

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