Media Coverage

4/25/2019

Evidence shows that up to 1.5 million Armenians were systematically massacred by the Ottoman Empire during its collapse. Ottoman forces shot, starved, maimed, worked to death, raped, burned, deported, and drowned Armenians en masse. Ottoman authorities destroyed or confiscated Armenian churches, homes, and cultural and other properties where Armenians had lived for 2,500 years.

4/25/2019

Three billionaire brothers, Reda, Abdelkader, and Tarek Kouninef, have been arrested and placed in temporary custody by a judge in Algiers as part of an anti-corruption drive. They were arrested together with Algeria's wealthiest businessman, Issad Rebrab, founder and chairman of Cevital, Algeria's biggest privately held company. Karim Kouninef, a fourth brother, was also detained but has since been released.

4/25/2019

Amid the chants praising the “revolution of the people,” a new slogan appeared this week at a massive sit-in protest in Sudan’s capital: “We do not want Saudi aid even if we have to eat beans and falafel!” The chant underscored the suspicion in the protest camp about the motives of Saudi Arabia and its close ally, the United Arab Emirates, after they jointly pledged USD $3 billion in aid to Sudan’s transitional military government.

4/25/2019

“Cambodian Rock Band,” a musical play by Lauren Yee, is now showing at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. It explores a father’s efforts to shield his daughter from the darker truths of his experiences during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s, and, most crucially, to prevent her from learning things about him that might result in him losing her love. At the same time, his daughter is working with the ICTJ in legal efforts to bring the aged leaders of the Khmer Rouge to justice.

4/23/2019

Hundreds of relatives of victims gathered at a memorial to the 54 ethnic Albanian civilians killed by Serbian forces in the village of Poklek to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre. The head of the Kosovo Assembly, Kadri Veseli, laid flowers at the memorial and lamented that the killers have not been prosecuted. “Many things can be forgotten and forgiven in a human life, but we will never forget Serbia’s massacres in Kosovo. We will never forgive them,” he said.

4/23/2019

According to a statement by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), after nearly two weeks of searching at a barracks about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Banjul, investigators exhumed the skulls of seven military personnel executed 25 years ago.

About two dozen military men were executed in November 1994 following an attempted coup against Yahya Jammeh. It came just a few months after Jammeh had seized power, overthrowing the democratically-elected government. Jammeh himself was forced out of office after losing elections to Adama Barrow in December 2016.

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.

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