Media Coverage

8/5/2019

The Central Office for Combating War Crimes under International Criminal Law is gathering evidence for history's latest genocide: The mass killing of the Yazidis by the Islamic State (IS).

The crimes in question happened five years ago in northern Iraq. In early August 2014, IS fighters attacked the Yazidis, a heterodox ethnoreligious group of Kurdish heritage and language, around their sacred mountain, Sinjar. IS branded them "unbelievers" and "devil worshipers." The jihadists targeted them systematically and mercilessly.

8/5/2019

Nuon Chea, who served as Pol Pot's chief lieutenant during Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, has died at 93, according to a UN tribunal that found him guilty last year of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

8/5/2019

KHARTOUM — Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition initialed a constitutional declaration on Sunday, paving the way for a transitional government following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

The two sides reached agreement on Saturday on the shape of a transitional government in lengthy negotiations since Bashir’s overthrow by the army in April.

The parties are expected to put their final signatures on the agreement on August 17 at a ceremony in Khartoum attended by foreign leaders.

8/5/2019

For a brief and all-too-rare moment in American politics, the case for slavery reparations took center stage Tuesday night during the first of the two Democratic presidential debates in Detroit.

8/5/2019

Colombia’s government on Tuesday said there will be no further cutbacks in the budget for the implementation of the country’s ongoing peace process.

The administration of Ivan Duque has resisted key elements of the peace process, particularly the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the war crimes tribunal that seeks to bring justice and reparation to the victims of war crimes committed during Colombia’s armed conflict.

8/2/2019

Airstrikes in Syria over the last 10 days have killed more than 100 civilians, according to the UN, which has criticized the “apparent international indifference” in response to the escalating violence. The death toll includes at least 26 children.

8/2/2019

On Thursday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro appointed two members of the armed forces to a commission investigating deaths and disappearances during the brutal 1964-1981 military dictatorship.

The special commission, set up in 1995, aims to find the bodies of and identify those who died or disappeared when in police custody during the dictatorship. It also issues compensation criteria for the victims' families. It has processed 480 requests for identification and compensation.

8/2/2019

On 15 October 2018, The Gambia established its own Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission to address widespread human rights violations under former president Yayha Jammeh's 22-year rule. On January 7, 2019, hearings officially began before a commission comprised of 11 people.

8/2/2019

Karim Khan, the head of the UN special probe into Islamic State group crimes, has called for trials like those at Nuremberg of Nazi leaders to ensure the jihadists' victims are heard and their ideology "debunked."

"It's a mountain to climb," the human rights specialist told AFP, as the investigative team works to analyse up to 12,000 bodies from more than 200 mass graves, 600,000 videos of IS crimes, and 15,000 pages from the group's bureaucracy.

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