Media Coverage

25/8/2020

Ex-Bosnian-Serb commander Ratko Mladic has begun appealing against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity, in a court hearing where three of the judges are taking part via video link.

As Tuesday’s session began, his lawyers told the UN court that the proceedings should not go ahead until a medical team had reviewed his capacity to take part. They argued he was wrongly convicted of “unscheduled incidents” made as accusations during his trial.

25/8/2020

A community of more than 100,000 people in Kenya is seeking compensation from the British government for forced displacement from their homes and farmland.

It happened under British colonial rule during the first half of the 20th century when Kenyans were cleared from their land holdings to make way for enormous tea plantations.

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25/8/2020

Aspiring politician Abdul Rasheed is among at least a dozen Myanmar citizens from the Rohingya Muslim minority who have applied to be candidates in the November 8 general election.

Six of them have been rejected after officials said they failed to prove their parents were citizens at the time of their birth, a requirement under the election law.

The election is another important test for Myanmar as it makes a transition away from military rule, but rights groups say the disqualification of Rohingya candidates demonstrates the limits of reform.

25/8/2020

More than 35 young Afro-Colombians have been killed in 12 days, some of them tortured, as families call for justice.

The Andes director for the Washington Office on Latin America said, “These are not merely collective homicides due to organized crime and terror. Rather, they are occurring because Duque’s government is not implementing the peace accord and addressing the structural issues that lead to violence.”

“The rural, poor, ethnic groups, and youth are paying the highest price.”

21/8/2020

Colombia has requested the extradition of a notorious paramilitary warlord jailed in the U.S. on drug charges, amid fears that he may be deported to Italy and escape justice for human rights crimes in the Andean nation.

Salvatore Mancuso, 56, led a rightwing paramilitary group, which carried out some of the worst violence against civilians during Colombia’s decades-long civil war.

21/8/2020

Belarus has opened a criminal investigation into what its authorities call attempts by the opposition to “seize power” after President Alexander Lukashenko’s opponents created a coordination council to oversee a peaceful transition following disputed elections.

Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, claimed a sixth term in elections this month, sparking protests and a brutal police crackdown.

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21/8/2020

Sri Lanka’s president said Thursday he will use the overwhelming mandate received by his governing coalition in recent parliamentary elections to remove a constitutional amendment curtailing presidential powers and limiting the president to two terms.

The amendment was added by his predecessor to reform the country’s political system by reducing the ability of presidents to amass extensive powers.

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21/8/2020

Libya’s rival authorities have announced an immediate ceasefire.

The Tripoli-based and internationally recognized Government of National Accord published a statement that also calls for elections in March next year.

The truce was also agreed by an ally of Gen Khalifa Haftar, who controls large parts of the east and south of Libya.

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21/8/2020

Rebel troops who have taken power in Mali have said “a transitional president” would be appointed who would be drawn from either civilian or military ranks.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned and dissolved the parliament late on Tuesday, hours after the coup leaders arrested him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing an armed movement against it as well as mass opposition protests deeper into crisis.

18/8/2020

The United Nations has sent a fact-finding team to Chile’s restive Araucania region, where a jailed Indigenous Mapuche leader has spent more than 100 days on a hunger strike over his detention during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mapuche fiercely resisted the Spanish conquest of Chile and have for decades been fighting for what they say is their ancestral land against landowners and the wood pulp industry.

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