Media Coverage

8/9/2019

The UN Security Council has “utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families,” Amina Khoulani, Co-founder of Families for Freedom, told the council on Wednesday, in a meeting focused on those who have been jailed or gone missing across Syria during years of brutal conflict. 

8/9/2019

BERLIN (Reuters) - A 92-year old German man will go on trial in October charged with helping to murder 5,230 prisoners, many of them Jewish, at a Nazi death camp in World War II, prosecutors said on Thursday.

In what will be one of the last cases against Nazi-era crimes, Bruno D. is accused of being an SS guard in the Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk, in what is today Poland, and of being involved in killings between August 1944 and April 1945.

8/9/2019

Armenian Justice Minister Rustam Badasyan says a special group will be formed in February for constitutional reforms.

Asked to comment on the statement by opposition that there would be no government-led vetting, Badasyan said his administration already had strategic documents, such as Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan, which are available to the public.

8/9/2019

Some 680 civic groups held a candlelight vigil over the weekend in protest of the Japanese government’s decision to take South Korea off a list of preferred trading partners and to call on Tokyo to apologize for war crimes it committed in World War II. 

Some 15,000 people took to the streets to join the candlelight vigil in sweltering heat on Saturday in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, the organizers said.

8/9/2019

The wall of silence around President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year reign of fear is starting to crack, and information — if not yet justice — is starting to flow.

Malick Jatta, the henchmen who killed journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004, is giving testimony before a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission tasked with shedding light on one of the grimmest episodes in West African history.

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.

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