Media Coverage

3/26/2020

A Four Corners investigation at ABC News has uncovered new allegations that unarmed civilians were unlawfully killed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

The revelations involve multiple incidents in which Afghans were killed after surrendering or while they were detained by the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS).

A former SAS soldier told Four Corners he witnessed three incidents involving what he said was the murder of Afghans.

The SAS veteran said some of his former colleagues should face charges.

3/24/2020

Death squads in Colombia are taking advantage of coronavirus lockdowns to murder rural activists, local NGOs have warned.

When cities across the country introduced local quarantine measures last week, three social leaders were killed, and as the country prepares to impose a national lockdown this week, activists have warned that more murders will follow.

3/24/2020

Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad have reiterated their demand to participate in the ongoing peace talks in Juba. The head of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance attributed their delay of participation to logistical and administrative issues.

On Friday, Sheikh Mohamed Dafallah of the Treguine refugee camp in eastern Chad told Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese refugees who have sought asylum in Chad since the war erupted in Darfur are not represented in the ongoing negotiations in Juba.

3/24/2020

Beirut – Syrian government forces appear to have retaliated against civilians who chose to remain behind in areas retaken in Idlib, Human Rights Watch said. Images provided to Human Rights Watch show that government forces may have shot at civilians and despoiled their bodies in towns where the government retook control in Idlib and Aleppo governorates.

3/24/2020

Geneva, Switzerland - A UN investigator is calling for Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court and tried for alleged international crimes, including the persecution of ethnic minorities that has forced millions to flee, fearing for their lives. The investigator has submitted a report on Myanmar to the UN Human Rights Council.

3/24/2020

More than four decades after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, the Spanish government has said it continues to pay bonuses to 115 police officers who were awarded medals during his regime, including one officer accused of multiple acts of torture.

3/19/2020

MEXICO CITY  — A Mexican judge issued an arrest warrant for the former head of investigations for the Attorney General’s Office for alleged violations in the investigation of the case of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014, officials said Wednesday.

Tomas Zerón and five other former officials face charges including torture, forced disappearance, and judicial misconduct. Three have been arrested, and three, including Zerón, are still at large.

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3/19/2020

Syria’s brutal conflict enters its 10th year Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold over a war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex their muscle.

When Syrians took to the streets on March 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-government protests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, jihadists, and outside forces.

At least 384,000 people have since died, including more than 116,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Saturday.

3/19/2020

The coronavirus pandemic adds urgency to prisoner releases agreed to by the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has said, advising they take place "as soon as possible.”

The prisoner releases were slated to have started last week as part of an effort the U.S. is leading to end its longest war and bring peace to Afghanistan after decades of strife.

But the releases were stalled by disagreements over the numbers of detainees to be freed and guarantees they would not return to fighting.

3/19/2020

UNITED NATIONS — A proposed UN Security Council resolution would replace the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s restive Darfur region with a UN political and peacebuilding mission whose primary aim would be to support Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy including in drafting a new constitution and preparing for elections.

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