Media Coverage

4/1/2021

The government of Bangladesh wants to send thousands more Rohingya refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal before the cyclone season starts despite safety concerns raised by the international Red Cross.

Bangladesh has been praised for the way it has welcomed one million Rohingya who fled military crackdowns in Myanmar into camps along the border in recent years. But the government has faced criticism over its plan to send 100,000 Rohingya to the 53 square kilometer (20 square mile) silt island that did not exist two decades ago.

4/1/2021

Human rights groups from Venezuela and Colombia on Wednesday called on the United Nations to appoint a special envoy to address the humanitarian crisis caused by clashes between Venezuelan troops and Colombian armed groups near the countries’ shared border.

Colombian officials estimate that some 4,000 people have fled Venezuela for Colombia since March 21 following a military offensive in Venezuela’s Apure state.

4/1/2021

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld the 2019 acquittal of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and ordered all conditions of his release removed.

Prosecutors had argued that grave errors were made by war crimes judges, who found the prosecutors failed to prove their case against Gbagbo and co-accused former minister Charles Blé Goudé.

3/30/2021

Last week, after people tried crossing into Manipur, an Indian border state, the state government there told five districts bordering Myanmar to turn them away.

Now, Manipur has withdrawn the order to refuse food and shelter to people from Myanmar fleeing bloodshed, two officials told Reuters on Tuesday, after the measure drew fierce public criticism.

3/30/2021

Oman, a mediator in ceasefire talks between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthi group, says it hopes an agreement between the warring parties would be reached “very soon.”

“The sultanate hopes that these contacts will achieve the desired result very soon, in order to restore security and stability to brotherly Yemen and preserve the security and interests of the countries in the region,” a statement carried by the Omani state news agency ONA said on Tuesday.

3/30/2021

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will resign in April to hold snap elections in June, he announced in a video on his Facebook page on Sunday.

Pashinyan has been under increasing pressure to step down following a military defeat against neighboring Azerbaijan and an ongoing spat with Armenian military leaders. Thousands of protesters have also called on Pashinyan to leave power, blaming him for the country's military defeat.

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3/30/2021

Thousands have been taking to the streets nationwide in a new wave of anti-government protests, chanting “No to dictatorship!” and calling for Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s immediate resignation and a transition government.

The protests have shut down schools and businesses, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in a country where two-thirds of the population makes less than $2 per day and gang violence has surged lately.

3/30/2021

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will rule on Wednesday whether to uphold the acquittal of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, the first head of state to stand trial at the tribunal.

Gbagbo, 75, and his former youth leader Charles Ble Goude were cleared of crimes against humanity in 2019 over a wave of post-electoral violence in the West African nation more than a decade ago.

He was then sent in 2011 to the ICC in The Hague.

3/25/2021

One of Colombia’s most notorious ex-rebel leaders has sent an open letter to the United States Congress to ask for help with the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement.

Rodrigo Londoño, better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, was a leader of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a fighter group that waged a 50-year-long war against the Colombian government. He now heads a political party—Comunes—formed by the demobilized FARC under the 2016 peace deal, signed under the previous government of Juan Manuel Santos.

3/25/2021

Saudi Arabia has announced a plan to offer its rivals in Yemen’s long-running war a nationwide ceasefire under the auspices of the United Nations, the kingdom’s foreign minister said.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, the kingdom’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, said the ceasefire proposed to the Houthi rebels is envisioned “for the entire conflict,” including allowing for the main airport in Yemen’s rebel-held capital, Sanaa, to reopen.

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