Media Coverage

12/21/2016

Diplomats are making an unusual push to enable the United Nations to collect, preserve and analyze evidence of war crimes in Syria and prepare cases for a tribunal that could be convened sometime in the future.

The proposal is to be put up for a vote in the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Its chances of passage are unclear.

12/21/2016

Gambia's president has reiterated he will not step down despite losing the December 1 election, as West African leaders and Western powers urge him to hand over power peacefully.

Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat on state television after 22 years in power, but a week later, reversed his position, denouncing the election results and demanding a new vote.

"Unless the court decides the case, there will be no inauguration on January 19," Jammeh said on Tuesday.

12/21/2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the Government and the people of Côte d’Ivoire for this Sunday’s peaceful and inclusive legislative elections as well as the progress in the country since last year, his office said.

“[The Secretary-General] congratulates Ivorian political parties for their active participation in the elections and the Commission électorale indépendante for its efforts in ensuring the people's right to vote,” read a statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday.

12/21/2016

Chief Justice David Maraga has put anti-curruption agencies on their toes and asked those involved in fighting corruption to end blame games by playing their roles.

The chief justice, during the launch fo the anti-corruption and economic crimes division at the Milimani Law Courts said corruption in the country is pandemic and fighting it calls for collaborative efforts.

He has challenged investigative agencies to expeditiously investigate cases before presenting evidence to enable delivery of justice through a fair hearing.

12/21/2016

Twenty people have been killed in confrontations between protesters and security forces in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN officials believe, hours after the end of the second five-year term of the president, Joseph Kabila.

A government spokesman said the death toll was nine.

Opposition leaders called for demonstrations overnight after Kabila refused to step down at midnight, and accused the 45-year-old former guerrilla commander of carrying out a coup d’état.

12/20/2016

The umbrella body for Genocide survivors' associations, IBUKA, has condemned the recent decision to grant an early release of two convicted masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Ferdinand Nahimana and Emmanuel Rukundo were serving their respective prison sentences before the [resident of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Theodor Meron, decided to grant them an early release last week.

12/20/2016

The Specialised Chamber for International Crimes at the High Court yesterday postponed the hearing of Genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa to March, after the accused prayed for more time to prepare his defence.

Ntaganzwa was extradited to Rwanda in March this year following his arrest in DR Congo, on an indictment issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

12/17/2016

Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, whose advocacy of human rights in Brazil placed him in opposition to a military dictatorship that engaged in systemic torture, died on Wednesday in São Paulo. He was 95.

The São Paulo Archdiocese confirmed his death, from pneumonia.

“Where human rights are not respected, we speak out against them,” Cardinal Arns said in 1972, a year before he was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI. “When these rights are defended, we find ourselves in support.”

12/16/2016

Saturday the 17th of December marks the sixth commemoration of Tunisian revolution that ousted former leader Mohammed Bouazizi.

It’s also coincidence that today there is a national hearing of the cases involving victims of oppression during the dictatorial regime of Mohammed Bouazizi.

Victims and witnesses of gross human rights violations are giving their testimonies to the truth and dignity commission to shed light to the harm of dictatorship from 1955 to 2013.

12/14/2016

The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the country’s justice minister said.

"I believe around 300 pardons could be granted in all," Justice Minister Jorge Londono told a press conference on Wednesday, according to the AFP news agency.

The pardons, as well as an amnesty law currently before the Congress, apply only to "political crimes", but not to more serious offences such as killings, rape and torture, he said.

All pardons will be reviewed by a judge before taking effect, he added.

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