Media Coverage

4/7/2020

BOGOTA, Colombia — Human Rights Watch urged Ecuador’s government Monday to hold those responsible for violent abuses during last year’s protests accountable in order to deter any future violations, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic stirs unrest.

A report released by the watchdog group said security officials used excessive force against protesters during demonstrations in October 2019, including firing tear gas canisters directly at people from a short range.

4/7/2020

KIGALI – Valerie Mukabayire lost her husband in Rwanda’s genocide. Now she and her family know they need to stay strong to honor his memory as they join the country’s fight against the coronavirus.

Government orders to stay indoors to curb the spread of the disease have prevented them holding a family gathering to remember Sylivestre Shumbusho, who was a teacher in Kigali, one of the 800,000 people killed in 1994.

4/7/2020

A judge in Senegal has granted Chad's former President Hissene Habre two months' leave from prison, where he is serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, as the jail is being used to hold new detainees in coronavirus quarantine.

Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at an African Union-backed trial in the Senegalese capital Dakar in 2016.

A Chadian commission of inquiry estimated 40,000 people were killed by his regime.

4/7/2020

It is "highly probable" that Syrian government forces and their allies are responsible for a string of deadly attacks on health facilities in northwestern Syria, according to a summary of an internal United Nations inquiry.

The summary, prepared by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the basis of a 185-page confidential internal report, was submitted to the UN Security Council's 15 members.

4/7/2020

The Taliban have walked out of landmark talks which were supposed to help pave the path to peace in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the militant group said the first face-to-face discussions with the government had proved "fruitless."

Talks have broken down over a prisoner swap agreed between the U.S. and Taliban.

It was meant to be a step toward ending the war, but the Taliban say Afghan officials are trying to delay the release, while officials say the militants' demands are unreasonable.

4/2/2020

A three-member Taliban team has arrived in Kabul to begin a prisoner exchange process, which is likely to kickstart talks between the group and negotiators named by the Afghan government to end the country's 18-year war.

After weeks of back and forth, the process is set to begin with the arrival of the Taliban team, which will set up camp at a luxury hotel in Kabul. "In this regard, they will do a kind of deal with the opposite side (Afghan government)," Mujahid said. "Their practical work would start in coming days."

4/2/2020

Born in Homs in 1989, Syrian artist Nour Zantah watched the violation of her country in the opening months of the civil war. Nour revisits her city by communicating important issues through her art, which combines her creative forces with personal narratives.

4/2/2020

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak, the electoral board said on Tuesday, a move endorsed by some key opposition parties.

The vote had been regarded as an important test of the reformist agenda of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in what was once one of the continent's most repressive nations.

William Davison, the International Crisis Group think tank's senior analyst for Ethiopia, said the election postponement could be used to strengthen Ethiopian democracy.

4/2/2020

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America.

4/2/2020

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday offered to begin lifting Venezuela sanctions if the opposition and members of President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party form an interim government without him, marking a shift in a U.S. policy that has failed to end his grip on power.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the administration’s power-sharing “Democratic Transition Framework” for Venezuela, which proposes for the first time a “sequenced exit path” from tough U.S. sanctions, including on the vital oil sector, if Maduro and his allies cooperate. 

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