Media Coverage

4/23/2019

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students from Ayotzinapa who disappeared in Guerrero State in 2014. That encounter led to his new exhibit in Mexico City at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which displays big, colorful portraits of the 43 missing people assembled by students using Lego.

4/23/2019

Five years after Islamic State (IS) killed thousands of Yazidis, United Nations teams have begun exhuming mass graves around the city of Kocho, hoping to identify the bodies of missing people and enable the burial of remains by families. Since IS lost control of the Sinjar region in northern Iraq, Yazidi men have protected the remains of those who died during the Kocho massacre. They suspect that some of their relatives might be found in the city’s mass grave.

4/23/2019

Sri Lanka’s former defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, oversaw the final stages of a quarter-century-long conflict with Tamil separatists that ended in 2009. So far, he has avoided prosecution at home and abroad over allegations of crimes against humanity. However, in early April, Rajapaksa, now an American citizen, was personally served in California with civil court complaints that accused him of the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, an investigative journalist, and the torture of Roy Samathanam, an ethnic Tamil who had Canadian citizenship.

4/18/2019

Algeria's army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah has said the military is considering all options to resolve the country's political crisis, as thousands of protesters march through the capital calling for the country's interim leaders to resign. In a speech broadcast on state media, he warned that "time is running out" to find a solution to the ongoing upheaval ahead of elections scheduled for July 4.

4/18/2019

The UN has declared its commitment to supporting The Gambia’s coalition government if its progressive trajectory continues. Seraphine Wakana, UN Resident Coordinator in The Gambia, said the government and its partners have made good progress on transparency, accountability, and reciprocity, in the quest for a secure and stable country built on the foundation of tolerance, good governance, and respect for human rights.

4/18/2019

Five UN special rapporteurs have written a joint letter to Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali expressing their concerns about the sluggish transitional justice process. The 11-page letter reminds the government of its international obligations on matters of transitional justice and the processes necessary to adhere to those obligations.  

4/18/2019

Tributes were paid in Ahmici in Bosnia’s Vitez municipality to the victims of a massacre on April 16, 1993, when 116 civilians were killed by Croatian Defence Council fighters. One victims’ association said that the bodies of 29 victims have still not been found, and not all of those responsible for the crime have been punished. 

4/18/2019

Since President Felipe Calderon first announced Mexico’s war against drugs in 2006, military deployment in states with a strong cartel presence has dramatically altered the life of Mexicans. In Guerrero, home to many of the country’s opium fields, hundreds of people have been displaced as a result of turf wars and corruption, as gangs and traffickers have colluded with security forces and government officials.

4/16/2019

Dos semanas atrás, la Fiscalía guatemalteca giró una orden de captura contra Aldana por supuestas irregularidades en una contratación en el Ministerio Público durante su gestión como fiscal general, pero ella se ha defendido asegurando que los ataques no son en su contra sino “contra todos los que queremos ver caer a los corruptos”.

4/16/2019

Human rights institutions and activists, senior academics, victims, and other stakeholders have strongly emphasized the need for a transitional justice process in Manipur in Northern India to address the “pressing needs” of widows, children, and other family members affected by extrajudicial killings and other serious human rights violations over the last few decades.

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