As Jan. 11 marked the 18th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp opening by the United States, human rights activists rallied Saturday outside the White House to demand the prison’s immediate closure and an end to “years of torture and human rights violations.”
Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.
Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow US prosecutors to “help themselves” to items including legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, it was claimed.
“We are not experts in etiquette and formalities, but, like the rest of Colombia, we have the right to have our requests and demands heard,“ the letter said.
The South Korean foreign ministry summoned a senior Russian diplomat and “expressed regrets and urged the incident not to happen again”, it said in a statement.
South Korea’s defense ministry called in a Russian military official and lodged a protest about the incursion.
Meanwhile, Russia’s defense ministry said two TU-95 bombers conducted a regular flight over the international waters of the East Sea, the Yellow Sea and a part of the Pacific Ocean.
The Russian ministry said the bombers were escorted by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets on some parts of the flight.
The Russian planes appear to be TU-95 warplanes, a source said.
Observers presumed that the Russian planes might have violated the KADIZ to practice long-distance operations or to probe neighboring states to check their responses.
We call on the international community and especially political leadership to publically condemn this flagrant violation of human rights and abuse of power and to join us in the demand for justice.