Media Coverage

22/2/2019

A new documentary film contains claims that British intelligence was behind a plot to attack a Catholic primary school during the Troubles in Ireland. The Glenanne Gang operated in County Armagh in the 1970s and has been blamed for a series of killings in collusion with rogue members of the security forces, according to the feature-length film, “Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang,” whose protagonist is a self-confessed member of the gang,

22/2/2019

The UN’s Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has urged all parties in the country to cease conflict immediately in light of potential war crimes and honor the Revitalized Peace Agreement, signed in September. The commission found that the country’s violence has “markedly worsened” since December 2017. It was particularly concerned by reports of sexual violence, 25 percent of which involve child victims.

22/2/2019

Over 60 civic groups will march in Taipei on Sunday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 228 Incident, the brutal crackdown of an anti-government uprising in 1947. Participants will read out the names of those killed during the 228 Incident as they walk, and a poetry recital will be held when they reach the end of the route.

22/2/2019

The leg of an equestrian statue of Chiang Kai-shek was cut off by students early this morning on the campus of National Chengchi University to retaliate against vandalism committed by a pro-China group on the 228 Peace Memorial. The group declared that it is ready to face legal responsibility for its actions.

After the incident, the university students involved issued a statement entitled "Relics of Authoritarianism Remain, Implement Transitional Justice,” in which they demanded the removal of symbols of authoritarianism on campus.

22/2/2019

Venezuela’s opposition is trying to convince ruling socialist party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.

19/2/2019

Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels have agreed on the first phase of a withdrawal from the key city of Hodeidah, in a deal the UN described as important progress. The redeployment is a critical part of a ceasefire to which the parties agreed in Sweden in December that calls on the government and Houthis to move forces away from ports. The fragile truce deal marks the first step toward ending a devastating war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

19/2/2019

The Bangsamoro Organic Law has been ratified, which means that the 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), led by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, will be appointed by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, in the coming days. The BTA will run the regional government for three years, after which regular elections will be held.

19/2/2019

Former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel returnees were excited to hear that the Ugandan government is approving a motion in parliament that will give them much-needed support. Fifteen years after their return, many LRA returnees have not received any support, and have often been rejected by their own parents.

19/2/2019

The government is seeking to establish a mechanism for confiscating property without an indictment. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated, “We have grounds that this is considered a normal practice in the European Court of Human Rights’ positions in the fight against corruption, and it’s not considered a violation of human rights; it’s considered an element of transitional justice. A person should explain the source for the origin of his property; in this case, the presumption of innocence doesn’t work, but rather the presumption of guilt, roughly speaking.

19/2/2019

The United States ambassador to Colombia said his government would be “disappointed” if Colombia’s war crimes tribunal bars the extradition of a FARC leader wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. In a radio interview, Ambassador Kevin Whitaker explained that the evidence against former FARC leader Jesús Santrich was quite clear. The extradition of Santrich would be a benefit to both countries, he added. The FARC has continued to deny the allegations, claiming that Santrich was being “framed.”

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