EU says demolitions of Palestinians’ houses sabotage ‘prospects for peace’

Untold India November 27, 2021

ANKARA: The EU said Friday that demolitions of Palestinians’ houses “undermine the prospects for peace,” and urged the halting of such “unlawful” actions. “We reiterate our call to halt demolitions and any other unlawful practices that coerce Palestinians out of their homes,” the EU Delegation to the Palestinians said on Twitter. “Demolitions are illegal under international law and significantly undermine the prospects for peace.” It added that 21% more structures were demolished or seized in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the equivalent period in 2020, and 28% more people were displaced, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Twenty-two Palestinians, including 15 children, lost their homes on Tuesday, said the agency. It added that in one day, Israeli authorities destroyed and confiscated several dwellings, tents, livestock enclosures and buildings under construction.-AA

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US, 6 nations concerned over Myanmar violence, urge ban on arms sales

Untold India November 27, 2021

WASHINGTON: The US along with six other nations on Friday voiced concern about recent reports of violence in Myanmar and called for a ban on arms sales to its military. Those others included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, and the UK, according to a joint statement by the US Department of State. “We reiterate our grave concern over reports of ongoing human rights violations and abuses by the Myanmar Security Forces across the country, including credible reports of sexual violence and torture, especially in Chin State, Sagaing Region and Magwe Region,” read the seven-nation statement. The Myanmar military has burned homes, churches and an orphanage in the Thantlang village of Chin State, and humanitarian groups have been targeted, according to the statement. “More than 40,000 people are reported to have been displaced in Chin State and 11,000 in Magwe Region as a result of recent violence,” it added. The seven nations also voiced concern about allegations of weapons stockpiling and attacks by the military against civilian population as well as about armed clashes in the Rakhine state in early November. They urged immediate cessation of all human rights violations and abuses, and violence against civilian populations. “To that end, we call on the international community to suspend all operational support to the military, and to cease the transfer of arms, materiel, dual-use equipment, and technical assistance to the military and its representatives. “We encourage the international community to work together to prevent future atrocities in Myanmar, including by supporting justice and accountability for those responsible for atrocities,” read the statement. Violence escalated in Myanmar after February’s military takeover. Since the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, the Myanmar military has killed, tortured, and arbitrarily arrested civilians, according to rights groups.-AA

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