Media Coverage

6/20/2019

An independent review of United Nations operations in the years before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar’s military concluded that the organization’s many bodies failed to act together, resulting in “systemic and structural failures.”

The 36-page review by Gert Rosenthal, Guatemala’s former foreign minister, released Monday, said the UN could conceivably have reconciled competing views on whether quiet diplomacy or outspoken advocacy against human rights abuses in Myanmar should have been used — but it didn’t.

6/20/2019

On Wednesday, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) appeared before the UN Security Council and demanded that deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir stand trial for the mass killings perpetrated in Darfur.

6/20/2019

Guatemalan police have arrested Luis Enrique Mendoza, a former military commander accused of genocide and crimes against humanity when he came out to cast his ballot in the general election.

Mendoza was the military head of operations under former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled from March 1982 to July 1983. Mendoza, who has been in hiding since an arrest warrant was issued in 2011, faces charges for his alleged role in the massacre of 1,771 Maya Ixil villagers in 1982.

6/20/2019

On Wednesday, fiery debate erupted at the first congressional hearing in a decade to explore whether the descendants of U.S. slaves should be compensated. Lawmakers considered a bill proposed by Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson-Lee to set up a commission to study the question of reparations for slavery.

The House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties said Wednesday's hearing would examine "the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community, and the path to restorative justice."

6/18/2019

Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say. Morsi, who was 67, had been in custody since his removal after mass protests.

A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just spoken from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage. State television said that the cause of death was a heart attack.

6/18/2019

On Friday, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a working lunch with members of the high-level mission of the Council of Europe following the agreement reached over phone on May 22 between Nikol Pashinyan and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland regarding the council’s assistance with the ongoing judicial and legal reforms in Armenia.

6/18/2019

On Monday, Uganda approved the National Transitional Policy. The objective is to address the gaps in the formal justice system for post-conflict situations.

The policy is also aimed at formalizing the use of the traditional justice mechanism in post-conflict situations and to also addressing gaps in the current amnesty process.

Ofwono Opondo, a government spokesperson, told reporters that the policy looks to facilitate reparation processes and programs, reconciliation, as well as nation building.

6/18/2019

Jesus Santrich, a former FARC guerrilla leader who was arrested in April 2018, was freed Thursday on orders of the Colombian Supreme Court. The decision drew an expression of regret from the United States, which wanted him extradited for alleged drug trafficking.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Santrich's immediate release on grounds that he was protected by parliamentary immunity as a member of Congress. Santrich, who helped negotiate a 2016 peace between the FARC and the state, became a member of Congress for the FARC under the terms of the peace agreement.

6/18/2019

The Supreme Court is unlikely to review a petition filed by the government against its 2015 landmark verdict that pointed out several flaws in the existing transitional justice Act. Victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency are in a dilemma as the court has delayed a hearing on the review petition filed four years ago.

6/14/2019

Sudan's ruling military council has, for the first time, admitted it ordered the dispersal of a sit-in in capital Khartoum, which left 61 dead, as diplomats from the United States and African nations step up efforts for a solution to the country's political crisis.

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