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UN to launch permanent investigation against Israel for its “crimes and abuses” against Palestinians.

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to create an open-ended investigation into the “crimes and systemic abuses” by Israel against the Palestinians during the latest rounds of attacks on Gaza and West bank.

The decision came following a vote by the council in which 24 members voted for while 9 opposed the motion and 14 abstained. The motion submitted by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Palestinian Delegation is set to scrutinize the abuses and violations by the Israeli forces in an unprecedented level.

Fiji’s Ambassador to the UN and current President of the Geneva forum Nazhath Shameem Khan stated “The draft resolution.. is therefore adopted” bringing inn this historic win for the Palestinians as the UN Human Rights Council launches its first permanent fact finding operation against any of its members.

The resolution was however, rejected by the Israeli Foreign Ministry which stated that it would not cooperate with the investigation. Israeli ambassador to the UN Geneva also rejected the voting session stating that it is just another example of the council’s bias against Israel.

Palestinian authorities welcomes the resolution and called their actions against Israel as a “legitimate resistance”.

UN Human Right Commissioner Michelle Bachelet also voiced deep concern over “High level of civilian fatalities and injuries” caused by Israeli forces. The attacks on Gaza was also condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Territories, Michael Lynk who called for the Israeli attacks on Palestine to be investigated by the International Criminal Court.

He also stated that Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison “that is a tiny sliver of land, holding more than two million people under occupation, cut off from the outside world by a comprehensive and illegal air, sea and land blockade.”.

He further described the Israeli abusing of the Palestinians as a “stain on humanity” as he stated “”When intensive violence revisits the Palestinians in Gaza, as it regularly does, there is no escape. That this medieval restriction on basic freedoms has gone on for 14 years, and counting, is a harrowing stain on our humanity,”.

Source: TRT World.

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In Pictures: President Solih meets with the leaders of Adhaalath Party to discuss concerns on Hate Speech Bill.

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China finds 1 billion tons of oil and gas.

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Chinese oil and gas giant PetroChina has found a massive reserve of oil and gas in North Western China.

The oil and gas reserve was found within the Tarim Basin. According to PetroChina, the oil and gas was found in an area deemed as “ultra-deep”.  The Tarim Basin is one of the most challenging areas to explore due to its harsh and complicated  ground conditions. However, it is also highly petroliferous.

Due to this, the output from the basin has significantly increased within the past six years, from 30,000 tons a year to 1.52 million in 2020. It is expected to reach 2 million tons in 2021.

 

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Leaked documents show India refused to withdraw military personnel and helicopters from the Maldives even after their Visa’s expired.

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Allegations that Indian influence in the Maldives has been one of the most debated topics in the Maldives. Accusation that India has influenced the last Presidential Election and the current administration is a common topic for political debates. However, a series of documents has been leaked by a local news showing communication between the Maldives Foreign Ministry and the Indian High Commission during the previous administration. The documents show the Government of Maldives requesting the Indian High Commission to withdraw their Helicopter stationed in the Maldives. The documents cement the allegations by the public that India has been increasingly overstepping on the sovereignty of the Maldives.

Below is a timeline of the events, first published in Dhivehi language on “Dhiyares News”.

In a letter dated 22nd April 2018, the Government of Maldives informed the Indian High commission on its decision to return the Helicopter being operated from Addu city by the end of June 2018.  While the letter maintain diplomatic composure, based on the events that took place, it is evident that there was tension between the two parties.

A second letter was sent on 06th May 2018. In the second letter, the Government of Maldives informed the Indian High Commission that the agreement for the helicopter operated out of Laamu atoll had expired on 01st may 2018, and requested its withdrawal by the end of June 2018.

And on 10th June, an additional letter was sent to Indian High Commission. This letter acted as a reminder on the order to withdraw the Indian helicopters and their military personnel by the end of June 2018. It also requested the Indian High Commission to provide a schedule of withdrawal.

The Indian high Commission in Maldives replied with their own letter on 25th June 2018. In their letter, the Indian high Commission stated that Indian government would require “more time” to examine the order to withdraw by the Government of Maldives.

It also noted that the Visa for the Indian military personnel in the Maldives would expire on 30th June 2018, and requested their renewal.

The Government of Maldives replied to this with a  letter dated 27th June 2018, reiterating on the order to withdrawal and to provide a schedule of withdrawal.

Sovereignty at stake?

Based on what happened next, it is clear that the Indian High Commission did not withdraw their helicopters nor their military personnel. It is now a verified fact that the Indian military personnel illegally stationed themselves, against the wishes of then government without even a legal visa. However, with the change of administration, their visa’s and the helicopter agreements were promptly renewed.

The current administration and its President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih which has been marked by its close ties to India, acting as its “yes-man” since his election.

It is clear that India does not seem to view the Maldives as a sovereign nation, and is willing to go against the laws and constitutions of the Maldives and international conventions, to impose their people and influence in the Maldives.

This leak comes following weeks of online protest by locals against the growing Indian influence in the Maldives. Many have accused India of meddling with domestic elections and other issues, to increase their influence in the Maldives.  India’s seemingly unilateral decision to establish a consulate in the southernmost city of Addu has further fueled the allegations. The Hanimaadhoo, military planes, radar systems, helicopters, Police academy and military base near the capital has only exacerbated the situation.

This begs us the question, is our independence and sovereignty at stake?. Does the Maldives need to appeal to the International community that India just won’t remove their military personnel from the Maldives? Are we becoming the next Sikkim ?

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