Media Coverage

6/11/2019

Doctors believe paramilitaries carried out more than 70 rapes during an attack on a protest camp in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, a week ago. Additionally, more than 100 people were killed and as many as 700 injured in the attack last Monday on a sit-in and clashes afterwards, as paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces spread through the city to quell sporadic unrest.

6/9/2019

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates is considering filing a complaint against the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his recent comments on the long-awaited U.S. peace plan.

Friedman, a staunch supporter of Israeli settlements, said Israel has the right to annex at least "some" of the occupied West Bank in an interview published by the New York Times on Saturday.

6/7/2019

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) filed a request on Friday seeking to overturn the rejection of her planned investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan allegedly committed by both Taliban insurgents and U.S. troops.

In April, the court refused lead prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to open an investigation into alleged atrocities by multiple actors during the nearly two-decade conflict. Bensouda’s new filing, which will be heard by a trial court, was the first step in the legal process to appeal the refusal.

6/6/2019

On May 29, Tunisia’s criminal courts specializing in transitional justice marked their first year in operation. About 20 percent of the expected cases have started. But this comes in the context of strong hostility from the government, and at a time when some big, sensitive cases are also coming up.

6/6/2019

Victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal have been reaching out to political leaders to demand amendments to the transitional justice act. Now, a hearing of a review petition filed by the government against a 2015 Supreme Court ruling on transitional justice is set for June 6.

In 2015, the court had struck down around a dozen of ambiguous provisions in the transitional justice act, including ones that proposed amnesty for those guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict, which claimed nearly 17,000 lives.

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’.

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