Media Coverage

6/4/2019

Spain’s Supreme Court has halted the exhumation of the remains of former dictator General Francisco Franco. Franco’s remains were planned to be dug up on 10 June, but the Supreme Court has unanimously decided to suspend the operation, pending the result of an appeal by the family of the dictator. 

6/3/2019

Many of the alleged perpetrators of apartheid-era crimes are dying, which means speedy prosecuting of those crimes is vital for families to find justice. This was the view of former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) commissioner Yasmin Sooka outside the high court in Johannesburg on Monday.

Sooka was speaking after a full bench of the high court dismissed the application by former security policeman Joao Rodrigues for a permanent stay of prosecution. It was a decision Sooka described as being not about revenge but rather about justice and accountability.

6/3/2019

Sudanese security forces have attacked a pro-democracy protest outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, activists say. Gunfire has been heard, and medical sources say at least 13 people were killed and dozens others injured.

Sudan has been governed by a Transitional Military Council (TMC) since President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup in April. The council later denied using force to break up the main protest site. Protesters have been demanding that a civilian government take over the running of the country.

5/31/2019

The report, obtained by CBC News and verified by sources, concludes that a genocide driven by the disproportionate level of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls occurred in Canada through "state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies." 

"The fact that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples are still here and that the population is growing should not discount the charge of genocide," said the report. 

5/30/2019

Youth in Lebanon want to work to break down taboos surrounding the civil war in Lebanese schoolrooms, where the subject is omitted from history books. When Salwa Saad, a young women who fought in the conflict, gives talks at schools, she has a clear message for students: “Look at us, our souls are wounded, we destroyed our country, so many people killed and what did we gain?” Assad urges them to be critical about what their radio station, religious or political leaders say about ‘the enemy’.

5/30/2019

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met today with the Ambassadors of foreign states and organizations accredited to the Republic of Armenia, reports the news service of the Staff of the Prime Minister of Armenia.

5/30/2019

A Japanese court has denied a request by 27 Korean people to remove the names of their family members from the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine honors Japan's war dead, including Class A war criminals. It took five years and seven months for the Tokyo District Court to make a decision on the lawsuit filed in September 2013. The court did not offer an explanation for its decision. Moreover, it ordered the plaintiffs to cover the trial costs.

5/30/2019

Colombia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of a former commander of the Marxist FARC rebel group, the latest development in a legal saga concerning his detention and possible extradition to the United States. Seuxis Paucias Hernandez was one of 10 members of the FARC set to take up congressional seats guaranteed through 2026 by the peace deal, but was arrested before being sworn in. The Supreme Court issued a statement that because he is recognized as a lawmaker, his case must be heard by the Court.

5/30/2019

The Alliance for Transitional Justice (ATJ), a rights group consisting of 16 institutions drawn from civil society organizations, faith-based, legal, educational, research, women/youth focus and networks of massacre survivors’ related institutions have agreed to defeat impunity in the country.

On June 12, 2018, the name, Alliance for Transitional Justice was adopted to advocate for the full and timely implementation of the 2009 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report.

5/30/2019

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), which on May 1 granted Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), a “final extension” of two months, to hand-over power to a transitional civilian government, or face suspension, has urged "all Sudanese stakeholders to continue working together towards a consensual solution to the current crisis".

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