Media Coverage

4/2/2019

The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has finally endorsed the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court. The TRC report was completed in 2009, but it took the National Legislature over a decade to agree on its implementation.

The decision was reached following tense debate among 94 delegates at the end of the LNBA General Assembly. During the event, 86 out of the 94 voted for the implementation of the document. Four voted against implementation and four abstained from the process.

3/28/2019

The president of Colombia’s war crimes tribunal, Patricia Linares, sent a letter to controversial former president Alvaro Uribe asking him to end his campaign of “insults, disinformation, and distortion” against the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Uribe, whose administration has been convicted for multiple war crimes, has wielded his substantial political power to attack the JEP, repeatedly calling for it to be dismantled.

3/28/2019

25 years after the genocide, Rwanda is still an enigma. Its recovery in economic, social, and psychological terms is hotly debated, and almost every aspect of the past and present is still argued over.

3/28/2019

A court in Lithuania has found a former Soviet defense minister, Marshall Dmitry Yazov, guilty of war crimes over a deadly crackdown aimed at stopping the Baltic state breaking away from the USSR in 1991. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison.

3/28/2019

In a statement issued one week after the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution giving Sri Lanka another two years to deliver reforms originally agreed in 2015, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet dismissed a newspaper story that claimed she “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.”

3/28/2019

A report by the Instance Verité et Dignité (IVD), or Truth and Dignity Commission, details President Beji Caid Essebsi’s alleged responsibility for crimes committed while serving as a minister in the regime of Habib Bourguiba. It also alleges extensive corruption by the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, his extended family, and wider network, including the misuse of public funds, enforced disappearances, and torture committed under his rule.

3/26/2019

Prosecutors in Uganda’s first war crimes case allege that Thomas Kwoyelo, a colonel in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and his men, abducted children, stole animals, and massacred civilians. He pleads not guilty on all 93 counts, which include charges for murder, rape, and enslavement.

3/26/2019

Brazilian prosecutors have charged a retired army major who allegedly led a massacre of dozens of leftist guerrillas during the country’s military dictatorship. The federal prosecutors’ office said that Sebastião Curio is accused of killings, torture, and hiding bodies in the Amazon region.

Prosecutors say Curio was involved in at least two killings in the city of Brejo Grande do Araguaia in 1974. Hundreds of local residents say they were tortured for supporting Marxist guerrillas who sought to overthrow the country’s authoritarian rule.

3/26/2019

A Chilean court has sentenced three retired soldiers to 10 years in prison for their part in a horrific attack on two democracy activists who were doused with petrol and set on fire. The 1986 attack on Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana was one of the most notorious torture cases in the 17-year military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Julio Castaner, Iván Figueroa, and Nelson Medina were found guilty of murder and attempted murder. Eight other former soldiers received three-year prison sentences for acting as accomplices in the attack.

3/26/2019

The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria has called for the creation of an international tribunal to try thousands of suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the United States, have reportedly captured more than 5,000 militants from Syria and abroad since January and put them in detention centers.

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