Following the lead of his predecessor, Australia Prime Minister Turnbull and his Immigration Minister Dutton proposed a law that would ban refugees and asylum seekers from ever applying for a visa if they attempted entry illegally on a boat. Many have said this will explicitly violate Article 31 of the Refugee Convention which disallows discriminating on the basis of how a refugee enters the country.
The Central London Employment Tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay as employees, and not self-employed contractors. Uber has been trying to settle a case with similar issues in the Northern District of California in the U.S. This marks a huge legal loss in the so-called global “gig economy.”
The offense on Mosul continues. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and reports of ISIL using civilians as human shields have been reported.
On Sunday, the European Union and Canada signed a trade deal to open markets to increased competition. The deal would cut tariffs on industrial goods and food items while opening other service sectors.
Renewed violence in the Central African Republic has led to over 20,000 people retreating to a UN base. This number adds to the nearly 1 million people who have been internally displaced or who have fled to nearby countries since the 2003 coup.
145 Child Soldiers
Armed opposition groups in South Sudan released 145 child soldiers according to UNICEF. The children may have been recruited by the rebel faction of former Vice President Riek Machar.
Despite UN estimates that 80% of Yemeni people are in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen’s civil war did not even get a mention by the candidates in the last U.S. presidential debate prior to the November 9th election.
State of Emergency
The government in Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 8th in response to growing protests stemming from plans to annex parts of the Oromia region around Addis Ababa. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and UN human rights experts have expressed concern over the total media blackout and arrests.
Iraqi forces began a fight to retake Mosul from ISIL. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to ISIL in 2014.
Citing concerns over tampering with the U.S. elections, the Ecuadorian embassy in London currently housing Julian Assange has cut of his access to the internet temporarily.
UN Human Right Chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein described Aleppo as a slaughterhouse. Nearly 500 people have been killed and many more injured since air strikes by Russia and government forces launched their assault a month ago.
France began its forced evacuation of refugees and migrants in the notorious camp in Calais. Almost 2,000 were bused out in the first day.
It’s a new technology that could simplify secure financial transactions, but also is posed to open up legal and regulatory issues. A deal between an Australian bank and China is the world’s first global transaction using blockchain.
South Africa’s Justice Minister announced that the country will leave the International Criminal Court, following Burundi’s announcement to leave a few days earlier. The announcement comes after South Africa was pressured to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country last year on his outstanding arrest warrant with the ICC. The ICC has faced criticism that it has disproportionately targeted African leaders.
Below are a few news stories that caught our contributors’ eyes in the last week.
Burundi blocked a UN investigation team from entering the country after a recent UN report documented disappearances, sexual abuse, and torture during President Nkurunzinza’s bid for third term last year. Since then, over 500 people have died and at least 270,000 have fled the country.
A Dutch far-right leader faces criminal prosecution for Islamophohic hate speech used during his campaign. A trial is scheduled to begin on October 31st.
In violation of UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea attempted to launch a mid-range ballistic missile this past Saturday. Though the missile exploded immediately after launch, this is the 22nd attempted missile launch this year.
After over two-and-a-half years since their capture that made international headlines, 21 of the missing 276 Chibok schoolgirls have been released by Boko Haram as part of a deal with the Nigerian government. Though some girls escaped shortly after capture, 197 still remain captive.
Turkish-backed rebels in Syria have taken hold of the Northern city of Dabiq from ISIL. The city has been central in circulating ISIL propaganda and had been occupied since August, 2014.