Media Coverage

3/9/2020

The Turkish and Russian presidents are meeting in Moscow for talks over a ceasefire deal amid intensifying fighting between Turkish and Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

Russian air raids in Idlib killed 16 civilians, according to Syrian civil defence group, the White Helmets, while Turkish defence ministry said 184 Syrian government forces were killed in the last 24 hours.

Thursday's meeting in Moscow takes an even more crucial turn as it becomes a ground for salvaging a deteriorating relationship between two economic partners.

3/9/2020

Bosnian-Serb forces killed 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica over three days in 1995 — the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust.

Marking 25 years since the genocide, two survivors spoke at Belfast City Council today, accompanied by Remembering Srebrenica Northern Ireland board chairman Peter Osborne.

Concentration camp survivor Elmia Kulašić was asked how she approaches reconciliation and forgiveness.

3/9/2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he held a "very good talk" with a Taliban leader in what may be the first direct discussion between a U.S. leader and a senior Taliban official.

Taliban's chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Trump held a 35-minute telephone call on Tuesday, a Taliban spokesman said, with Trump later confirming the call to reporters in the White House.

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3/3/2020

The Vatican has opened its archives on the wartime papacy of Pius XII, kept secret for decades amid accusations that he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust.

Critics say Pius XII, sometimes labelled "Hitler's Pope", knew Nazi Germany was murdering Jews but failed to act. He reigned from 1939 to 1958.

But the Vatican says Pius XII worked behind the scenes to save Jews.

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3/3/2020

A court in Algeria has ordered the release of a prominent human rights activist and key figure in a year-long protest movement demanding radical political change. 

Fodil Boumala was arrested in September 2019 and accused of undermining the country's "territorial integrity", an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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3/3/2020

Three people have been killed and 11 injured in a motorcycle bomb attack at a football match in eastern Afghanistan, as the Taliban announced an end to a partial truce two days after signing a deal with the US.

The Taliban had agreed to a week-long “reduction of violence” as a confidence-building measure ahead of the agreement signed on Saturday, in which the US pledged that all foreign forces would leave Afghanistan within 14 months, if the Taliban sat down for talks on Afghanistan’s future with government representatives.

3/3/2020

The government of the Syrian regime has announced the discovery of a mass grave in the Duma region east of the Syrian capital, Damascus. This discovery has again raised questions about the issue of mass graves in Syria, the people responsible, how to hold these people accountable in the future, as well as to uncover the fate of the missing people.

Setting up trial mechanisms will not be easy, especially in the absence of international or local legal courts for Syria and the crimes that occurred in it.

3/3/2020

San Salvador, El Salvador — Legislators in El Salvador approved a controversial "reconciliation law" late on Wednesday, reigniting the debate about transitional justice after a 12-year war that ended in 1992.

The law is meant to establish how the country will handle justice and reparations for crimes against humanity during that period. But human rights groups and victims of the war — a conflict between left-wing rebels and the United States-funded Salvadoran military that left more than 75,000 people dead — accuse legislators of approving what they see as a new amnesty law.

3/3/2020

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- President Nayib Bukele said Friday he has vetoed a national reconciliation bill approved earlier this week by lawmakers, arguing that it would result in impunity for crimes against humanity from El Salvador’s 1980-1992 civil war.

“This Special Law for Transitional Justice, Reparation and National Reconciliation is a fraud of a law beginning with its very name, because it is simply an amnesty to make punishments for those who committed war crimes go away,” Bukele said.

2/27/2020

Taiwan's Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) on Wednesday launched a searchable online database of curated court files of nearly 10,000 victims of political persecution during the country's martial law period.

The database also contains the names of the military officers involved in the court trials of the victims.

According to the TJC, the database contains more than 1,000 photographs and the court records of roughly 9,800 people convicted on political charges during Taiwan's period of martial law (1949-1987), also known as the White Terror era.

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