The International Criminal Court (ICC) must investigate unlawful attacks committed during Israel’s August 2022 assault on the Gaza Strip as war crimes, Amnesty International said today in a new research briefing. Using photographs of weapons fragments, satellite imagery analysis and testimony from dozens of interviews, the organization reconstructed the circumstances around three specific attacks, two of which were carried out by Israeli forces and one most likely by Palestinian armed groups. The briefing, ‘They were just kids’: Evidence of war crimes during Israel’s August 2022 Gaza offensive, sets out why these attacks may amount to war crimes.

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Latvian authorities have violently pushed back refugees and migrants at the country’s borders with Belarus, subjecting many to grave human rights violations, including secret detention and even torture, according to new findings published in a report by Amnesty International.

Latvia: Return home or never leave the woods reveals the brutal treatment of migrants and refugees – including children – who have been held arbitrarily in undisclosed sites in the Latvian forest, and unlawfully and violently returned to Belarus.

Photo: WFP/Arete. A family eat a meal at their home in Mazar, Afghanistan.

Amid the ongoing food insecurity in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) is set to provide more than 15 million Afghans with food assistance every month till March 2023.

"Our plan for winter is to provide food assistance to more than 15 million every month," said Wahidullah Amani, local media reported citing WFP Afghanistan Spokesman.

Needs assessment in an IDP camp. IOM 2021/ Mohammed Muse

Over one year after the Taliban takeover, an estimated 24.4 million people – 59 per cent of the population in Afghanistan – are dependent on international aid and emergency relief in their day-to-day lives.

Since August 2021, nearly all Afghans have plunged into poverty and the country has been facing the risk of systemic collapse.

Khadiza watches her shelter burn. The fire in Camp 8E in 2021 left a trail of destruction and death. Photo: Yassin for NRC

The Rohingya crisis has reached a dangerous tipping point, with refugees potentially never returning home to Myanmar if international leaders fail to chart a way forward, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary General Jan Egeland warned today.

“From what I’m seeing on the ground, the Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh is almost at the point of no return; they must be helped out of displacement now or it will be too late.

WorldCon 75, Scott Lynch; photo by Jana Blomqvist

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Based on an interview by Alisa Nirman on 3.10.2016

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