Media Coverage

3/22/2017

Conflict victims today demanded resignation of office bearers of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for ‘delaying’ investigation into insurgency-era rights violation cases.

Over 58,000 complaints relating to rights violations during the decade-long Maoist insurgency are pending at the transitional justice body for months.

Staging a sit-in at TRC headquarters in Babarmahal this morning, the victims also warned the TRC office bearers against politicising the transitional justice body.

3/22/2017

Lawyers acting for 40,000 Kenyans who claim they were variously tortured, mistreated and raped during the suppression of the 1950s Mau Mau rebellion have been warned by the Foreign Office that their arguments in court could be in “contempt of parliament”.

The extraordinary manoeuvre by government officials follows courtroom evidence alleging that a former colonial secretary of state, who died more than 30 years ago, may have withheld information from MPs about a notorious massacre of rebel detainees almost 60 years ago.

3/22/2017

Peru is moving closer to recovering up to $50 million linked to corrupt arms deals involving ex-president Alberto Fujimori, according to a Swiss-based group assisting its efforts.

It said about a third of that sum could be returned in the coming months, starting as early as April, once courts in Switzerland and Luxembourg resolve disputes over frozen bank accounts.

Peru is trying to wrest back the funds in an ongoing 15-year-old corruption probe against Fujimori and his spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who are both in jail for corruption.

3/22/2017

An Argentine federal court on Wednesday sentenced former military dictator Reynaldo Bignone to life imprisonment for his role in kidnapping, torturing and murdering anti-government protesters during the 1970s and 80s.

Bignone, along with six other former military leaders, were convicted for “crimes against humanity.” He was also charged for human rights violations against conscripts of Argentina’s Military College that occurred between 1976 and 1977.

3/22/2017

A Chilean court condemned 11 agents of the intelligence services of former dictator General Augusto Pinochet Monday over the 1974 forced disappearances of Maria Alvarado Borgel and Martin Elgueta Pinto.

According to testimony, both victims were tortured before they were killed in the facilities of the intelligence service called Londres 38.

Special judge Leopoldo Llanos also ordered the Chilean state to pay about US$77,500 to each of the five brothers of the victims, all activists with the Revolutionary Left Movement, or MIR.

3/22/2017

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have added a year to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 18-year jail term following the former Congolese vice president's conviction for attempting to bribe witnesses during his war crimes trial.

After a second trial on the separate charges, Bemba on Wednesday was also ordered to pay a 300,000 euro ($323,670) fine to the court's fund supporting victims of atrocities.

Found guilty last year of bribery, the verdict and sentence are the first of their kind in the history of the ICC.

3/21/2017

After his arrest and torture by the government of Bashar al-Assad, dissident Khaled Rawas slipped out of Syria pledging to continue the fight. On Wednesday, he did just that — joining a landmark legal complaint in Germany seeking something that has long proved elusive for the victims of the Syrian civil war.

Justice.

3/21/2017

When Gambian intelligence officers arrested journalist Ebrima Manneh at his newspaper, he asked an office guard to save some tea.

"I'm coming right back," he said, according to colleague Alhagie Jobe, who was present in the newsroom. That was on the afternoon of July 11, 2006; since then, neither his colleagues at the Daily Observer nor his family have seen him again.

Rights groups say Manneh is one of dozens of Gambians who disappeared without trace during the 22-year rule of president Yahya Jammeh, which ended last month when he fled the country.

3/21/2017

Bangladesh will observe March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’ from this year, recognising the “atrocities” committed by the Pakistan army on civilians 46 years ago.

3/21/2017

Fear looms large over witnesses testifying at the ongoing trial of former Lord’s Resistance commander Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court.

Of the seven prosecution witnesses who have so far taken the stand, it is only London School of Economics anthropology professor Tim Allen whose identity has not been concealed. The subsequent six witnesses have been allocated a pseudonym (P-403, P-016, P-059, P-440, P-003 and currently P-205) and testified under court protection mechanisms such as voice and face distortion.

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