Media Coverage

7/9/2020

Nearly six years after 43 Mexican students were kidnapped and forcibly disappeared, a new forensic science study has identified the remains of a second member of the missing group.

The disappearance of the students — and the botched investigation that followed — cast a shadow over the administration of the then president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

On September 26, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in the southern state of Guerrero were abducted by local police in the town of Iguala. They were then allegedly turned over to a local gang.

7/9/2020

Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution to extend aid deliveries from Turkey to Syria, which the UN says is crucial to save millions of lives.

The six-year-long UN approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey is authorized until Friday.

7/9/2020

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting.”

"We are very concerned about the alarming military build-up around the city, and the high level of direct foreign interference in the conflict in violation of the UN arms embargo, UNSC resolutions, and commitments made by member states in Berlin," Guterres said.

7/9/2020

Afghanistan is to release more Taliban prisoners in the hope of getting peace talks going, a government spokesman said on Thursday, after the insurgent group provided the government with a revised list of several hundred of their detainees.

“They have given us another list; the release process will continue but direct talks should also start immediately,” Javid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council, told Reuters.

7/9/2020

Thousands of people have joined a sit-down protest in front of local authority buildings in Central Darfur demanding action against the armed groups that patrol the region.

A large number of women have joined the first peaceful demonstration — now in its second week ­­­­— in Nertiti county since war erupted in 2003.

Some of the women, with children on their backs, carry food on their heads to feed the protesters, who want the military governor removed from office and replaced by a civilian.

7/7/2020

 The Transitional Justice Commission promised Thursday to continue to investigate the death of democracy activist Chen Wen-chen, whose case remains unsolved after 39 years.

Chen, who was an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, was found dead on the campus of National Taiwan University on July 3, 1981, during a vacation to Taiwan to visit his family.

He had been interrogated a day earlier by the Taiwan Garrison Command, a since-disbanded state security force known for suppressing democracy activists during Taiwan's Martial Law era.

7/7/2020

Kenyan and American protesters knelt outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi one morning last month, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and the racism and brutality they saw across the Atlantic. But they were also furious about police abuses at home, in Kenya.

Protests sprang up all over town. In the large slum of Kibera, in front of a large mural of Mr. Floyd, residents chanted, “Stop killing us.” In front of Parliament, youths carried caskets to protest extrajudicial killings.

7/7/2020

Srebrenica genocide survivor Ramiz Nukic has made himself a promise — he will search for the remains of victims of the mass killing 25 years ago until the last of them is found.

Walking through the woods around his home in the hamlet of Kamenice near the village of Kravice, Nukic has found remains and personal belongings that have helped identify about 300 out of 1,000 men killed by Bosnian Serb troops there in July 1995.

7/7/2020

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes on schools, hospitals, and markets in Idlib province that amount to war crimes, UN investigators said on Tuesday in a report that also condemned attacks by Islamist militants.

They said that “indiscriminate bombardment” by pro-government forces, ahead of a March ceasefire brokered with Turkey, claimed hundreds of lives and forced one million civilians to flee, which may amount to a crime against humanity.

7/7/2020

Arbitrary detentions, torture of inmates, and deaths of detainees have soared during the last few years of Yemen’s civil war, according to a new report that found all parties of the conflict responsible for human rights abuses that could amount to war crimes.

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