Media Coverage

3/19/2020

KHARTOUM — The Sudanese prosecutor’s office on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former foreign minister Ali Karti for his role in the 1989 coup that brought Omar al-Bashir to power.

It said in a statement that Karti’s assets would be frozen and that arrest warrants had been issued for five other people, including Omar Suleiman, a former head of a parliamentary chamber and the man believed to have accompanied Bashir to Khartoum, the capital, during the coup.

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3/17/2020

Ukuthula Trust, an independent body of forensic archaeologists and forensic anthropologists based in Bulawayo, a city in southwest Zimbabwe, has argued families and not the state must have a say in the exhumation and reburial of Gukurahundi victims.

The government recently announced plans to convene a "consensus building meeting" with traditional leaders to, among others, fast-track exhumations of Gukurahundi victims buried in mass graves and mine shafts.

3/17/2020

Nepal’s Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) has made public a list of 2,506 persons who were allegedly forcibly disappeared either by the state security personnel or the rebelling armed party during the decade-long armed conflict from 1996 to 2006.

The transitional justice body says the list was prepared based on the complaints it received since its establishment in 2015.

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3/17/2020

The head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (UINM) Anton Drobovych has said a transitional regime should oversee implementation of legislation on de-communization in Russia-occupied Donbas and Crimea after de-occupation.

3/17/2020

A proposed transitional justice strategy to review human rights violations in Armenia since the collapse of the Soviet Union has received a mixed reception.

The plan, part of a four-year judicial reform strategy developed by the Armenian ministry of justice late last year, has now been released for public discussion.

The Centre for the Development of Legislation and Legal Research at the ministry of justice prepared the judicial reform strategy, within the framework of which transitional justice mechanisms will be introduced, including a fact-finding commission.

3/17/2020

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal has assumed the investigation into the role of the former security chief of former President Alvaro Uribe in the killing of human rights defenders.

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) took over the investigation from the Prosecutor General’s Office into the disappearances of two human rights defenders in 2000 when General Mauricio Santoyo was the chief of anti-kidnapping unit GAULA in Medellin.

3/12/2020

A former rebel of the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone Gibril Massaquoi, has been arrested in Tampere, Finland, over an allegation that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Liberia between 1999 and 2003.

Massaquoi’s crimes, according to Civitas Maxima and its Liberian sister organization, the Global Justice and Research Project, include homicide, sexual violence, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

3/12/2020

American troops have begun withdrawing from Afghanistan following a U.S.-Taliban deal, which would cut the number of U.S. forces in the country from more than 13,000 to 8,600 over the next several months.

The withdrawal announcement arrives amid a spike in violence following nearly 20 years of war and occupation by American troops.

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3/12/2020

Chandraleela Jasinthan was a school teacher in a northern Sri Lankan village when, in the last days of the civil war, the army forced her and her neighbors out of their homes. More than a decade later, their land is still held by the military.

For more than three years, Jasinthan and dozens of other women in Keppapilavu have held one of the longest protests in Sri Lanka's history at the entrance to an army camp they say was built on their ancestral land.

3/12/2020

The Armenian government is reported to be extremely preoccupied these days with the finalization of a legislative package proposing transitional justice reforms. 

The bill, initiated by the parliamentary majority upon the prime minister’s request, is to be submitted for approval later this year "with all the set of tools" required for enacting the necessary levarages.

Also a fact-finding group is going to be formed in the near future to undertake a study into the massive electoral frauds recorded in Armenia between 1991 and 2018.

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