Media Coverage

26/3/2020

Argentines, forced indoors due to coronavirus, display handkerchiefs to remember those killed during dictatorship.

26/3/2020

ADEN – Yemen’s warring parties welcomed a United Nations call for an immediate truce on Thursday as the country entered its sixth year of a conflict that has unleashed a humanitarian crisis, rendering it more vulnerable to any coronavirus outbreak.

Following his call for a global ceasefire to focus on combating the coronavirus pandemic, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged Yemen’s parties to end hostilities and restart peace talks last held in December 2018.

26/3/2020

Prisoners affiliated with the Taliban will soon be released from Afghan lockups, in a move that's likely to kick off peace talks between Afghanistan and the Islamist insurgent group. On Wednesday, a pair of Taliban spokesmen and a U.S. official confirmed the prisoner release — a key condition in the peace framework between the militants and the U.S. announced about a month ago.

26/3/2020

The Transitional Justice Commission is reportedly planning on validating and announcing 85 historical sites of injustice, as well as proposing legislative suggestions for preserving them.

After consulting experts and using the UN’s International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance as reference, the commission has drafted and finished revising key points in its final report on validating historical sites of injustice, which refer to places where those in power violated human rights during the authoritarian period.

26/3/2020

A Four Corners investigation at ABC News has uncovered new allegations that unarmed civilians were unlawfully killed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

The revelations involve multiple incidents in which Afghans were killed after surrendering or while they were detained by the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS).

A former SAS soldier told Four Corners he witnessed three incidents involving what he said was the murder of Afghans.

The SAS veteran said some of his former colleagues should face charges.

24/3/2020

Death squads in Colombia are taking advantage of coronavirus lockdowns to murder rural activists, local NGOs have warned.

When cities across the country introduced local quarantine measures last week, three social leaders were killed, and as the country prepares to impose a national lockdown this week, activists have warned that more murders will follow.

24/3/2020

Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad have reiterated their demand to participate in the ongoing peace talks in Juba. The head of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance attributed their delay of participation to logistical and administrative issues.

On Friday, Sheikh Mohamed Dafallah of the Treguine refugee camp in eastern Chad told Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese refugees who have sought asylum in Chad since the war erupted in Darfur are not represented in the ongoing negotiations in Juba.

24/3/2020

Beirut – Syrian government forces appear to have retaliated against civilians who chose to remain behind in areas retaken in Idlib, Human Rights Watch said. Images provided to Human Rights Watch show that government forces may have shot at civilians and despoiled their bodies in towns where the government retook control in Idlib and Aleppo governorates.

24/3/2020

Geneva, Switzerland - A UN investigator is calling for Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court and tried for alleged international crimes, including the persecution of ethnic minorities that has forced millions to flee, fearing for their lives. The investigator has submitted a report on Myanmar to the UN Human Rights Council.

24/3/2020

More than four decades after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, the Spanish government has said it continues to pay bonuses to 115 police officers who were awarded medals during his regime, including one officer accused of multiple acts of torture.

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