Media Coverage

9/17/2020

The UN Security Council on Tuesday asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy to broker peace in Libya, although Russia and China abstained from voting on the resolution that also extended the UN mission in the country.

9/17/2020

Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested nine men on Wednesday on suspicion of committing crimes against Bosniak civilians in the village of Novoseoci in the Sokolac municipality during wartime in 1992. The crimes they are accused of include the killing of 44 Bosniak civilians. 

9/17/2020

In an open letter signed by groups including the United States-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, Genocide Watch, and the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, on Tuesday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to launch an investigation.

Sixteen individuals co-signed the letter and assert that there is “mounting evidence” of crimes against humanity and genocide occurring in Xinjiang. This open letter only adds to the growing international pressure on China’s government over its actions in Xinjiang.

9/17/2020

On Tuesday, leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met the heads of a military government that, on August 18, overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in the bloc's latest attempt to quicken the transition from military leadership.

9/17/2020

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, United Nations investigators said in a report on Wednesday.

9/15/2020

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.

9/15/2020

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.

9/15/2020

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.

9/15/2020

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.

9/15/2020

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.

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