Media Coverage

15/9/2020

United Nations-backed investigators have pointed to signs that Syria's government still continues to commit crimes against humanity including rape, torture, and murder as the country's nine-year war grinds on.

The 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria was based on 538 interviews and documents, satellite imagery, and other forms of evidence. This report covers the first half of 2020. It cites evidence of “reasonable grounds” to believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s government is continuing to perpetrate crimes against humanity.

15/9/2020

The Spanish Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft bill containing a raft of measures that address the legacy of the civil war (1936-39) and the Francisco Franco regime, which lasted until the dictator’s death in 1975.

The Democratic Memory bill, which builds on existing historical memory legislation, contemplates closing down associations that still glorify the late dictator’s memory, including the Francisco Franco Foundation, which will be declared illegal.

15/9/2020

Spain’s National Court announced on Friday that the former colonel and deputy minister, Orlando Montano Morales, has been sentenced to 133 years and four months in prison on charges of murder of five Jesuits in 1989.

15/9/2020

Uganda has sent security troops to its north-west region where tensions are on the rise following deadly attacks on refugees by local people.

More than 10 South Sudanese refugees were killed, some of which were women and children, during clashes in the Madi-Okollo district last week. Additionally, 15 homes have been set aflame and another 26 have been looted and vandalized. This violence is in response to an alleged attack of a young Ugandan cattle herder. Locals have blamed refugees for the attack.

15/9/2020

Former commanders of the disbanded FARC rebel group in Columbia have issued an apology for kidnappings they carried out during the armed conflict for the first time. Eight former senior FARC commanders signed the statement of apology.

"We now understand the pain we caused so many families — sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and friends — who lived through hell waiting for news of their loved ones, wondering if they were healthy and under which conditions they were held, kept apart from their affection, from their projects, from their world," the statement reads.

10/9/2020

Saudi Arabia has sentenced five of the eight defendants of the suspects in the murder of Washington Post journalists Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 to 20 years in prison. The Khashoggi family “pardoned” the five suspects to spare them of the death penalty. Of the remaining defendants, one has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and the other two defendants face 7 years in prison.

10/9/2020

More than 12,000 migrants at the Moria refugee camp on the Island of Lesbos are in dire need of emergency shelter after fires broke out at multiple points of the camp on Wednesday. There have been no reports of injuries. Ongoing investigation into the fire indicates that arson is a possible cause.

10/9/2020

Taliban officials accuse the Afghan government of deliberately delaying the inter-Afghan peace talks that are expected to take place in Doha, Qatar. There are approximately 100 Taliban inmates still imprisoned. The Taliban maintains that it will not engage in peace talks until the prisoners are released.

10/9/2020

Mali’s Military rulers have begun a three-day “national consultation” between the officers who overthrew Present Ibrahim Boubacar last month and civilian representatives to develop plans to return Mali to civilian rule. This talk will take place at a conference center in the nation’s Capital, Bamako. About 500 people are expected to attend.

Read more here.

10/9/2020

Yesterday, Bolivia has asked the chief prosecutor of the ICC to investigate if former President Evo Morales and his supporters committed crimes against humanity. President Morales set up roadblocks to prevent people from accessing health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The written referral that Bolivia filed at the ICC last Friday argues that President Morales and his supporters incited the blockades in August that were “the direct consequence of causing the death of several people and anxiety in the rest of the population.”

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