Weekly Global News Roundup: Northern Ireland, Kashmir and More.

Maya Hendler
Oct 11, 2019 · 6 min read

NORTHERN IRELAND

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Image Source: Reuters — Pro-choice demonstrators marched in Belfast last month.

A High Course in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland’s current abortion rules breach UK human rights law. Current laws determine that abortion is only legal if a woman’s life is at risk, or if there’s a risk of serious damage to her physical or mental health. Sarah Ewart challenged the law after being denied an abortion in Northern Ireland in 2013, even though doctors had said her unborn child would not survive outside the womb. In the judges, Justice Keegan stated that other women should not have to face the same “trauma and pain”.

KASHMIR

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Protests occurred last Friday with protestors chanting and demanding an end to “Indian occupation of their territory.”

Since the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its special status and autonomy on August 5, there have been over 300 incidents of stone-pelting protests and resultant injuries — highly contrary to the government’s claims that the state has been largely “peaceful” and “normal”.

India has illegally occupied Kashmir for 67 days.

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CHINA

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The US has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government officials in response to their “enormous human rights violation” — the mass detention of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province.

“China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang. China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad”
- US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

IRAN

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Iranian women were allowed to enter a stadium in Tehran to watch a football match for the first time in 40 years following pressure from human rights group and the sport’s world governing body FIFA. However, only a “token number” of tickets were available for female fans who had to sit in a women-only section; around 3,500 women bought tickets in a stadium that has the capacity for 78,000. Fifa’s head of education and social responsibility, Joyce Cook, has reaffirmed Fifa’s commitment to ensuring all fans have an equal right, including women, to attend matches.

This news came after the death by suicide of #BlueGirl — Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire after her trial was postponed. Sahar was arrested and jailed for 3 days after she tried to enter a football stadium in March.

SYRIA

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More than 60,000 people have fled their homes since Wednesday to seek safety after Turkey launched an offensive targeting Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Amongst the fleeing civilians are dozens of aid workers whose agencies ordered a widespread evacuation and warn that the campaign against Kurdish forces will put hundreds of thousands of civilian lives at risk.

GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY

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Yesterday Extinction Rebellion activists around the world held a global day of solidarity to honor the 164 activists killed in the Global South last year. These activists were killed for defending their lands from corporate extractivism.

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“Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, Alaska, speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate.

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Maya Hendler is the Programmes and Communications Associate at Women’s March Global.

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