Media Coverage

1/15/2019

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. He had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced. Mr Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara. He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC.

1/15/2019

There is much to celebrate about the novelty and importance of the 2016 peace accords between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), not least due to their explicit focus on gendered experiences of war for women and LGBTI Colombians.

1/15/2019

The UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, will spend 10 days in the country, starting on January 15. This visit follows the recent violence in the towns of Batangafo and Alindao, where armed groups attacked displaced persons camps, killing civilians and destroying and looting homes.

1/15/2019

Twenty years after Serbian forces killed 44 people in the small Kosovo village of Reçak, the survivors still await justice. Serbian security forces attacked the village on the morning of January 15, 1999. Some locals tried to hide, but were discovered, beaten, taken away, and shot. Serbia initially insisted the casualties were all fighters from the Kosovo Liberation Army.

1/15/2019

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint a notorious alleged war criminal as Chief of Army Staff is a shocking new low for Sri Lanka, a former member of a UN panel of experts appointed to Sri Lanka, said today. Yasmin Sooka, now the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project, said that “Sri Lanka now has a Chief of Army Staff who risks arrest every time he travels abroad, if any country is foolish enough to give him a visa.”

1/15/2019

The spokesperson for Egypt's House of Representatives, Salah Hassaballah, said Thursday that parliament has not received any official request to amend the constitution. He also indicated that, for various reasons, parliament has so far refrained from discussing three controversial laws that the constitution states should take priority. 

1/10/2019

On Tuesday, representatives of the Presidential Office's Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee issued a joint statement entitled "Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples’ Message to Chairman Xi Jinping of China." The statement was a response to a speech given by Xi Jinping commemorating the 40th anniversary of a policy message from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) entitled “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan.” During the speech, Xi insisted that Taiwan "must and will be" united with China based on the "1992 consensus" under the "one China principle."

1/10/2019

After being held for 26 hours at La Aurora International Airport (AILA), Yilen Osorio Zuluaga, the investigator of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), entered the country on Monday, 7 January, amid protests against the government for refusing to comply with the Court’s decisions.

1/10/2019

In 2018, Montenegrin prosecutors failed to secure a single conviction in any war crimes case. Although Montenegro was, in every sense, the smallest of all the former Yugoslav republics, and saw no war on its soil, the heavy legacy of the wars of the 1990s is still something with which its society remains uncomfortable.

1/10/2019

A French court has authorized Central Africa Republic soccer executive and alleged militia leader Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona to be handed over to The Hague war crimes tribunal, a judicial source said. Ngaissona, who has been described by prosecutors as the “senior leader” of the anti-balaka militia that carried out systematic attacks on the Muslim population in 2013 to 2014, was arrested in France on December 12.

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