Media Coverage

7/27/2016

The trial of four former Soweto special branch members accused of killing anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane may take some time before it is heard in the high court in Pretoria, as three of them want the police department to pay their legal fees.

The four - Msebenzi Radebe, Willem Coetzee, Anton Pretorius, and Frederik Mong - were earlier released on R5 000 bail each and their case was referred to the high court for trial.

All four face charges of murder, and Radebe an additional charge of abduction.

7/27/2016

Hundreds of protesters marched down Avenue Habiba Bourguiba yesterday, demonstrating against the corruption they feel the Government’s Reconciliation Bill will essentially amnesty.

If passed, the bill, which was first introduced one year ago by President Beji Caid Essebsi, would grant full immunity to those accused of committing financial crimes under the Ben Ali regime in exchange for their return of stolen money. Tunisia’s parliament is set to begin debating the bill today, despite widespread hostility from local civil society groups and international NGOs.

7/26/2016

The International Red Cross Tuesday urged Sri Lanka on Tuesday to disclose the fate of more than 16,000 people still officially missing since the island's ethnic war ended seven years ago.

7/26/2016

MPs have called for an investigation into the war in Yemen after the Government backtracked on its insistence that the Saudi-led coalition has not breached international humanitarian law in the conflict.

7/26/2016

Peru's outgoing president, Ollanta Humala, has ruled out a pardon for jailed ex-leader Alberto Fujimori. Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, had requested a pardon on Friday.

7/25/2016

The United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) is due to conduct a special review of Burundi on July 28 and 29 in Geneva.

7/24/2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declared a unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

7/24/2016

The involvement of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in fighting terrorism shifts the emphasis of the country's counterterrorism approach from a criminal-justice model to a war-fighting model and could lead to human rights abuses, a human rights watchdog has warned.

7/24/2016

The FARC and Colombia's government have pledged to improve access to land for women and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence, including rape, will not be eligible for amnesty as part of ongoing peace talks to end five decades of armed conflict.

7/24/2016

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has applauded the decision by El Salvador’s Supreme Court to scrap a blanket amnesty for those who participated in the country’s 12-year civil war.

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