Media Coverage

19/9/2018

The Peruvian government’s confiscation of a collection of art from a Lima museum depicting crimes against humanity suggests that Peru’s legacy of violence against Indigenous communities is alive and well. The works, curated by the Museum of Art of Lima and donated by the Detroit-based non-profit organization, CON/VIDA Popular Arts of the Americas, depict atrocities committed against Indigenous Quechua-speaking people during the country’s internal armed conflict from 1980 to 2000.

18/9/2018

In the Hague, the Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court ("ICC") delivered the sentences against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba and Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo following an earlier reversal of their sentences of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The convictions and acquittals in relation to all five accused are final.

13/9/2018

While Germany has long been lauded for the way it has confronted its Nazi history, activists say the country has yet to come to terms with its violent colonial legacy in Africa. Between 1884 and 1918, German colonizers killed tens of thousands of Africans during their reign over modern-day Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Namibia. Signs and memorials honoring the German colonizers who perpetrated these atrocities remain scattered around the country, schools teach little of the history, and the government has yet to apologize for the nation’s colonial crimes.

13/9/2018

Colombia’s ELN rebels called President Ivan Duque’s conditions for the continuation of peace talks “unacceptable,” but said that they intended to continue freeing captives. Duque, who took office last month, has said the group must free 19 hostages before the peace talks can resume. At his inauguration, he said he would take one month to evaluate whether to continue the negotiations, which began under his predecessor.

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13/9/2018

Last week, a court in Cairo sentenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a mass trial. The political wing of the organization has urged the international community to take measures to halt their execution and investigate the “improper” trial. In addition to those sentenced to death, nearly 600 others received prison terms for inciting violence and organizing protests against the military coup that overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected President, Mohammed Morsi.

13/9/2018

Thousands of Tamil families in northern Sri Lanka lost contact with loved ones in the final stretch of the brutal civil war that ended nearly 10 years ago and have yet to hear from them. The Sinhalese-dominated government denies that they are holding people in detention centers or secret prisons, and also dismisses as fabrication that those who disappeared were killed in extrajudicial killings.

13/9/2018

After months of back and forth, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed what they say is the final peace agreement to end the country’s five-year civil war, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands and displaced millions. The Western powers overseeing the deal were cautiously optimistic, having previously expressed skepticism that Kiir and Machar could maintain peace.

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11/9/2018

Last week, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that the court has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. While Myanmar is not a signatory to the ICC, Bangladesh is, and, since an element of the crime (crossing the border) occurred in Bangladesh, the court has ruled it has jurisdiction for this crime. The ruling paves the way for the court to further investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities.

11/9/2018

Turkish President Tayyid Erdogan is warning the world that a Syrian government offensive to recapture Idlib, the last remaining rebel stronghold, would cause humanitarian and security risks for Turkey, Europe, and beyond. Last week, Russian and Syrian warplanes resumed their bombing campaign of the rebel enclave in an apparent prelude to a full-scale offensive. The United Nations has previously warned of a massacre and humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians in the event of a government offensive.

11/9/2018

Yesterday, American National Security Adviser John Bolton called the International Criminal Court (ICC) illegitimate and threatened officials there with sanctions and criminal prosecution over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, DC, because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.

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