Media Coverage

8/15/2019

Israeli police have clashed with Muslim worshippers at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Palestinian medics said at least 14 people has been wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes at the site, which Muslims refer to as the al-Aqsa mosque and Jews as the Temple Mount. Police said at least four officers had been wounded.

Officers fired teargas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets in the worst violence reported at the contested site in months. Witnesses said at least two people had been arrested.

8/15/2019

A Sudanese rebel alliance said Wednesday it should be represented in the transitional government formed by the military and the pro-democracy movement.

Yesir Arman, a senior official in the Sudan Revolutionary Front, told the Associated Press that the transitional government should end the long-running war in Darfur and integrate the rebels into the armed forces as part of an “agenda of peace.”

The power-sharing deal calls for the government to reach a peace agreement with the rebels within six months.

8/15/2019

Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett gave a wide-ranging apology to Inuit of Baffin Island in Iqaluit on Wednesday. 

"We failed to provide you with proper housing, adequate medical care, education, economic viability, and jobs. We took away your independence by imposing our own priorities and forcing you to survive in a difficult environment and in locations that were not of your choosing, nor your traditional home," Bennett said in the apology.

8/15/2019

Human Rights Watch has called upon authorities in Burundi to complete criminal proceedings over the 2004 Gatumba refugee camp attack that killed more than 150 Congolese civilians.

The rights group accuses the government of failing to deliver justice, in accordance with Burundian and international law, for the attack which took place 15 years ago. National Forces of Liberation (FNL) leader Agathon Rwasa, who was arrested after the FNL claimed responsibility for the attack remains a prominent figure in Burundian politics after his court case was delayed indefinitely in 2014.

8/15/2019

Key members of parliament within the ruling Nepal Communist Party have pressed the government to form the Transitional Justice bodies without further delay.

The pressure comes at a time when international rights bodies have raised questions over the recommendations committee formed by the government. The committee has stalled as it has failed for months to come up with prospective candidates to lead the TJ process.

8/13/2019

An air war in Libya is intensifying as rival forces in the divided country try to break a military stalemate, heightening significantly the risk of civilian casualties.

8/13/2019

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was nominated as the Sri Lankan opposition’s presidential candidate on Sunday, is a national hero to some for his role in ending the island nation’s long civil war. But to his critics and victims of war and families of the disappeared, he’s a feared strongman who is facing charges of condoning torture and rape, among other allegations.

8/13/2019

Central African Republic may be getting safer, according to new figures from the United Nations that show a sharp drop in the number of attacks and human rights abuses since last year.

The head of human rights for the UN mission in the country said that a peace deal between the government and 14 armed groups in February appeared to have allowed for a relative respite, but was hesitant to declare it a success.

8/13/2019

Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that an army officer who was convicted of torture during the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship was a “national hero.”

Colonel Carlos Alberto Ustra, who died in 2015, headed the army’s notorious DOI-CODI intelligence unit that was responsible for repressing leftist political opponents. During his 2008 trial, witnesses said he personally oversaw torture sessions.

8/13/2019

Indigenous women are at the forefront of the fight to ensure crimes against humanity in Guatemala do not remain unpunished. In recent years, they have made considerable progress in defending and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples, and particularly indigenous women.

The main instrument for achieving justice has been through the country’s court system, where they have brought cases over human rights violations committed during Guatemala’s three-decade, 1960-1996 brutal civil war. 

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