Monthly Archives: April 2013

Italy’s first black minister attacked by Northern League

Italy’s first-ever black minister was immediately at the centre of a virulent controversy as her appointment was deplored by the rightwing Northern League. Cecile Kyenge, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, takes on a new portfolio for racial integration. She is one of two naturalised Italians in the government, both elected for the centre-left Democratic […]

PKK sets date for withdrawal from Turkey

The Kurdish rebel group the PKK has announced it will withdraw its thousands of fighters from Turkey starting on May 8. The rebels from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), who have been fighting the Turkish government for the last three decades, will move to northern Iraq after leaving Turkish territory. During the announcement, the armed group […]

Serbian President Apologizes For Srebrenica Massacre

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has offered an apology for his country’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.  In a statement prepared for Bosnian state television, Nikolic said, “I kneel and ask for forgiveness for Serbia for the crime committed in Srebrenica.” But he added “genocide needs to be […]

Racially motivated attacks on the rise in Greece, human rights groups say

The number of racially motivated attacks increased in Greece last year, as did the severity of the violence involved, human rights groups have said. The Racist Violence Recording Network reported 154 cases of racist violence in 2012, including 25 in which the victims said the perpetrators were police. The figures were released a week after […]

Three Tibetans self-immolate

Three Tibetans have died after setting themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule in a western region where authorities have imposed a heavy security presence, exiled Buddhist monks and reports said on Thursday. More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 to protest against Chinese policies in the region and call for the return […]

Switzerland restricts EU immigration

Switzerland has announced that it will extend immigration limits to all European Union countries amid pressure from the political far-right. Switzerland, which is not an EU member, already has a quota in place for eight Eastern European members that joined the bloc in 2004, as well as special, stricter regulations for the newest members Bulgaria […]

Japan summons China envoy over disputed isles

Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador in protest over a flotilla of Chinese government ships that entered territorial waters near a disputed island chain. Japan’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had called in the envoy after eight Chinese vessels entered waters near the Senkaku islands, which China calls Diaoyu, the most in a single […]