Media Coverage

9/9/2020

Thirty years after murder of eight people, including six Jesuits, those who ordered deaths may finally face consequences. The priests, five of them Spanish, became some of the best known victims of El Salvador’s civil war, the 12-year conflict between the US-backed military junta and the leftwing guerrillas of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front that cost more than 75,000 lives.

9/9/2020

In a video testimony recorded by a rebel militia, two soldiers in the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s military is known, openly confessed to killing dozens of villagers in the northern Rakhine state and burying them in mass graves on video in Myanmar.

On Monday, September 7, the two men, who fled Myanmar last month, were transported to The Hague, where the International Criminal Court has opened a case examining whether Tatmadaw leaders committed large-scale crimes against the Rohingya.

9/9/2020

Search teams of the Public Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons, on Sunday, found five new bodies in the Meshrue Al-Rabt area in Tarhuna.

The Director of the Information Office of the Authority, Abdulaziz Al-Jaafari, announced that two of the bodies were mutilated, bringing the number of human remains found since the liberation of Tarhuna to more than 220 bodies.

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9/9/2020

On Sunday, September 6, The Serbian defense ministry announced that the Senior Yugoslav Army officer Dragoljub Ojdanic died in Belgrade at the age of 79, “after a short illness.”

9/9/2020

Rwandan President Paul Kagame denies that Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the Hollywood film, Hotel Rwanda, was kidnapped and brought into Rwandan custody. His family accuse the Rwandan government of “kidnapping” him during a visit to Dubai. Currently, he is accused of supporting rebel violence in Rwanda, terrorism, arson, kidnap, and the murders of unarmed civilians.

3/9/2020

The coronavirus pandemic will widen the poverty gap between women and men, pushing 47 million more women and girls into impoverished lives by next year, and undoing progress made in recent decades, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Worldwide, more women than men will be made poor by the economic fallout and significant job losses caused by COVID-19, with informal workers worst hit in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, according to new UN estimates.

3/9/2020

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has announced the country is ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) so those accused of war crimes in Darfur appear before the tribunal, a list that includes deposed President Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir, who has been in prison in Khartoum since he was toppled after mass protests last year, is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur in a conflict that killed around 300,000 people beginning in 2003.

3/9/2020

An Afghan government-mandated negotiation team will fly to Qatar’s capital on Thursday as they prepare for peace talks with the Taliban, a national reconciliation council spokesman said.

It was not immediately clear when peace talks will start. The Taliban have demanded a final set of 320 prisoners be released before they will negotiate. The government has this week set free 200, leaving 120 left, some of whom Western governments have objected to releasing.

3/9/2020

Tunisia’s parliament approved a technocratic government in a confidence vote on Wednesday, hoping to end months of political instability and focus on tackling worsening economic and social problems.

“The government formation comes at a time political instability and the people’s patience has reached its limit,” prime minister-designate Hichem Mechichi told parliament.

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1/9/2020

The Venezuelan government has announced pardons for more than 100 people, including political opponents who are in prison, have taken refuge in foreign embassies in Caracas or fled the country.

The move comes ahead of congressional elections set for 6 December that the movement led by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó says it is boycotting because conditions for the vote are not fair.

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